LOWELL -- In almost every elementary school science classroom across the country, kids have been glued to the television at one time or another, learning about science in an entertaining way.
More than 20 years after the first show aired, Bill Nye, "the Science Guy," still doesn't understand how the show took off with such a cult following.
"It's the coolest thing, fantastic, but I still don't get it," Nye said during a media conference call Tuesday morning, about two weeks away from his commencement speech at UMass Lowell. "People come up to me constantly, and I tell everybody I put my heart and soul into it.
"It was a real attempt to change the world, and I'm very gratified that people love it," he added.
Nye -- scientist, engineer, author, inventor and comedian -- will address graduates at UMass Lowell's graduation on May 17.
He admitted on Tuesday that he's not sure if the graduates will remember any advice from his 17-or-so-minute speech.
"I want them to remember how they felt when they were there. I want them to feel optimistic," said Nye, who added that he felt happy at his Cornell University graduation back in the day, getting ready to join Boeing as an engineer developing the 747 airliner.
"I want them to feel that although the world is so full of trouble, they can change things," he added. "I want them to feel they can change the world, they are going to make the world what it will be, and for them to be excited about the future."
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