Bill Nye takes his love of science (and selfies) to the White House

The Science Guy, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Kal Penn attend the first ever White House Student Film Festival

Sarah Gray
March 2, 2014 7:46AM (UTC)

This Academy Awards weekend was kicked off by a different event dedicated to movie making prowess: the first ever White House Student Film Festival. Though the red carpet lacked the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and George Clooney, the festival was graced with luminaries of a different caliber: Bill Nye, our favorite bow tie wearing science guy, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson, actor Kal Penn and of course the President. (Conan O'Brian also made a brief video appearance.)

The 16 films presented addressed the question: why is technology important to the classroom? Currently, according to the White House, only 30 percent of schools have high speed internet (which the President hopes to increase with his ConnectED initiative).


The unintended byproduct of such a gathering? The nerdiest presidential selfie ever. And while I'm sure there were some great student films, this picture posted on Bill Nye's Instagram wins.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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