Neil deGrasse Tyson soars with WINGS, and he's not afraid to tell us why! We've had our eye on this astrophysicist for a while here at WINGS. Not only has he earned unmatched accolades in his field, but he's quite the champion for educating tomorrow's leaders with the skills to really fly.

What hasn't deGrasse Tyson accomplished? The New York City native graduated from Bronx High School of Science, after which he went on to earn a BA in Physics from Harvard, MA in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin, MA in Philosophy from Columbia and a PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia (whew!). And among other career highlights, he was commissioned not once but twice by President George W. Bush to serve on special aerospace commissions.

But career highs aside, what makes deGrasse Tyson most impressive in WINGS' eyes is the equal amount of time and effort he spends introducing science to kids and adults alike so that we can, as he says, be a scientifically literate and competitive society for generations to come.

Just as WINGS works with kids who are otherwise unexposed to social and emotional learning, deGrasse Tyson has chased down and been awarded more than $2 million from PI National Science Foundation to be used for a StarTalk Radio Show, which reaches an audience usually not tuned into the topic of science. The radio show combines pop-culture figures and a comedic co-host to excite listeners.

deGrasse Tyson has also served for more than five years on the Board of Directors of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), an organization that helps inner city children from disadvantaged backgrounds develop the attitudes, skills and values that will enable them to lead satisfying and productive lives in mainstream American life (talk about WINGSy!).

We love that deGrasse Tyson not only lets his WINGS out as an advocate for educating disadvantaged youth but he admits he's "going to be in your face" about the importance of science literacy until we see more support for it. Here's a great video of deGrasse Tyson on just this topic.

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn."

- John Lubbock

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