Putting the Sci in SciFi!
We'll discuss the science depicted in popular works of science fiction (films, television, and books). We will chiefly try to answer two main questions: what is the science behind the story, and is the science "accurate"?
Also, we'll discuss seemingly futuristic and fantastic technologies: for example, could science help us one day to make Harry Potter's invisibility cloak or Luke Skywalker's lightsaber? Each student will research a scifi concept or technology of their choosing, and share their findings with the class.
Finally, we'll work in teams to solve a near-future scifi problem: how can we one day travel to Mars and survive, as depicted in the film The Martian?