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Reading & Science

The science of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy

Real science in science fiction books

Suggested reading list

 

Science of science fiction TV shows

The Expanse

Doctor Who

Star Trek: The physics of warp drive

 

Science of sci-fi movies 

Analyzing scenes in many sci fi and superhero movies

Godzilla vs the scaling laws of physics

Fantastic Voyage & Honey I Shrunk The Kids: Miniaturization

Science of Jurassic Park

Tremors (featuring Graboids)

The Core – 11th grade lesson plan and The Core – 9th grade lesson plan

NOVA: Absolute Zero

 

Gaming

Using Eurogames/designer games to teach science

 

Learning Standards

This unit addresses critical thinking skills in the Next Generation Science Standards, based on “A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas”, by the National Research Council of the National Academies.

“Through discussion and reflection, students can come to realize that scientific inquiry embodies a set of values. These values include respect for the importance of logical thinking, precision, open-mindedness, objectivity, skepticism, and a requirement for transparent research procedures and honest reporting of findings.”

Next Generation Science Standards: Science & Engineering Practices
● Ask questions that arise from careful observation of phenomena, or unexpected results, to clarify and/or seek additional information.
● Ask questions that arise from examining models or a theory, to clarify and/or seek additional information and relationships.
● Ask questions to determine relationships, including quantitative relationships, between independent and dependent variables.
● Ask questions to clarify and refine a model, an explanation, or an engineering problem.
● Evaluate a question to determine if it is testable and relevant.
● Ask questions that can be investigated within the scope of the school laboratory, research facilities, or field (e.g., outdoor environment) with available resources and, when appropriate, frame a hypothesis based on a model or theory.
● Ask and/or evaluate questions that challenge the premise(s) of an argument, the interpretation of a data set, or the suitability of the design

Science and engineering practices: NSTA National Science Teacher Association

Next Gen Science Standards Appendix F: Science and engineering practices

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