Does science go over your head like Greek and Latin do to us? No worries! Educator and TV host, Bill Nye, popularly known as the Science Guy, explains the hows and whys of evolution using a very familiar visual resource: emojis.
Not all of us have a thorough grasp of everything to do with science. In fact, if you’re in the same boat, we are the very people who doodled, daydreamed or fell asleep in Chemistry class, or fainted during Biology lab. Enter Bill Nye who has a finger on the pulse of science learning.
The Cornell University graduate is a mechanical engineer, actor, writer, comedian and scientist who understands that in order to make a point stick, he has to use something everyone today is familiar with. Here’s where emojis come in.
Emojis are basically smileys we append on our text messages and on our posts in social media applications like Facebook and Instagram. These electronic emoticons are prevalent in Japan, where everyone is familiar with the bowing businessman, the kabuki face mask or even the white flower. A wider range includes Japanese sushi, ramen noodles and even onigiri.
Very much like the theory of evolution Nye features in his video, emojis have come a long way from simple smileys (a colon and a closed parenthesis). Today, we have emojis for all kinds of things: food, weather, emotions, vehicles, work, school and more.
For Nye, who prefers to reach Generation Z with more palatable fare, using emojis to explain one of our earth’s many mysteries — evolution — shows just how much fun science can be.
Granted, Nye is older, and he isn’t bouncing around with zany energy like he used to, but he retains that same sense of enthusiasm while using visual aids that everyone born in the electronic generation responds to.
How cool is it to be able to finally grasp evolution as the Science Guy explains it in layman’s terms while a barrage of emoji characters run wild at the bottom of the screen. It’s a visual learner’s paradise. Better yet, it’s a Y-Gen visual learner’s paradise.
Here’s a clip of the Science Guy doing what he does best:
That’s the latest on evolution and emojis, featuring the inimitable Bill Nye. For more news and entertainment updates, stay tuned on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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