TOPIC 2: SCIENCE FICTION IN THE CLASSROOM TOPIC 2: SCIENCE FICTION IN THE CLASSROOM

In this section, we will diferrents Science Fiction works that, as teachers, you can use in the classroom. With the help of our experts, we will discuss on the veracity and usability of the diferent features and will share different resources that can help us teach our students.

  • Jurassic Park Saga. Would you like to know if the premise of Jurassic Park (that is, the cloning of dinosaurs) is possible? Check out this article. Disappointed? Don't worry, we have another source that claims that Jurassic Park did drive and develop -to some extent- the science and technology of ancient DNA research. Check it out!
  • Jules Verne. Under Les Voyages Extraordinaires, the author wrote an extensive collection of adventure stories featuring many technological elements that have later become commonplace. Considered one of the founders of the science fiction genre, his literary work was unquestionably accurate in terms of scientific references. Verne's capability to develop technological applications was outsanding as he truly was a magpie for curious technological factlets. Do you want to know which of Jules Verne inventions became true?
  • If Jules Verne is the 'father' of science fiction, then Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek is the 'cool uncle' (and Asimov the 'friendly uncle'?). Here, here and here you will find examples of how the show inspired innovation as well as critical observations about other technologies described by the series.
  • In the movie Interstellar, a physicist from NASA is planning to transport Earth's population to a new home through a wormhole in order to save humanity. To accomplish it, they will have to send a former NASA pilot and a researcher’s team through the wormhol in order to discover which planet could be a new home for the human species. Although the movie was critically well received, there have been intense discussions on the veracity of the plot. While some parts are scientifically correct some other contained substantial artistic licenses. You can read this and this to discuss its accuracy. And for educators interested on using the movie to teach science, here is a complete guide with maths and physics experiments!

Questions

Do you have in mind any other SciFi resource? The literary works of Isaac Asimov or H.G wells? Perhaps you are a fan of superheroes such as Spiderman or Superman? Show us how would you link them to your Science class!

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