Age: 11 - 19
Resource type: experiment, exploration, lesson plan, project
Context: compulsory education, vocational education
Supported by: Texas Instruments
A webpage from Texas Instruments listing a variety of resources developed in collaboration with consultants from the National Academy of Sciences' Science & Entertainment Exchange. These “STEM Behind Hollywood” activities were designed to increase students’ interest in STEM careers and help teachers implement TI products in a classroom.
In “STEM Behind Hollywood”, six series of activities with most popular movie genres set the stage for fun and provide unusual resources that will engage students in the STEM concepts and foster skills future scientists need to master:
- Zombie Apocalypse I and II: STEM of the Living Dead has jumped species
- Cryptography - Crack the code, discover the secret
- Ghosts - Unravel a ghostly tale of a ride gone horribly wrong
- Forensics - Evaluate the evidence to discover whodunit
- Superheroes - Try to stop a superhero’s stab at saving the day
- Space - Save Earth from an asteroid strike
The activities aim at encouraging students to investigate chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics and life sciences principles, make observations, design experiments, predict outcomes and test hypotheses. Students will develop critical thinking and will be able to use research-proven strategies to find solutions to suggested problems.
Activities are supported with documentation available for download to provide a teacher with notes, worksheets and questions to lead classroom discussion and gauge student’s understanding of the topic. Activities are developed in a way that students receive immediate feedback, enabling them to self-assess and correct their work.