100 Ways to Teach With Science Fiction

100 Ways to Teach With Science Fiction

Sparking a love of learning can be difficult. Not all of us love math. Many people loath science. Others don’t see the relevance of learning about history. As parents and teachers, how can we help kids cultivate a love of learning? Sometimes all it takes is the right book, movie, or TV show. That little spark of interest can develop into a full-blown obsession and before you know it, you are considered a member of a “fandom”. The love of a fandom usually lasts a lifetime and this love can open up an immense world of learning opportunities.

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Ten Ways to Teach With Star Trek

I think Star Trek is hands down one of the greatest shows ever made. No other show in history has had such a positive impact on so many people, young and old. Thousands of successful engineers and scientists proudly proclaim that their career choices were influenced by Star Trek. How many TV shows can claim that kind of success and influence? Parents who value the education of their children will always be looking for ways to turn interests into teachable moments, and when we find a show like this, a show so powerful, we must take advantage of the opportunities…

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3D Star Trek Bookmark

Did you all realize that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek? The first episode of the original series with Kirk and Spock aired on September 8, 1966. I am planning a big celebration week for my family, complete with lots of Star Trek food, top 10 favorite episodes, and a couple of movies. With all of the articles popping up in my feed reader relating to the anniversary, it has inspired me to do more Star Trek crafts. And then this showed up on my doorstep. The Star Trek Book, part of the widely popular Big Ideas…

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10 STEM Holidays to Celebrate This Summer

Don’t worry if you missed out on the ultimate geek holiday in May (Star Wars Day aka May the Fourth be with you Day) because this summer is packed full of holidays to thrill the science lover in your family. 1. June 30: Meteor Watch Day There are never any guaranteed meteor showers on June 30, but this day is meant to encourage people to get outside and star-gaze. Astronomers say there are 300 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone. Just let that sink in for a moment. Close your eyes and imagine what flying through space must look…

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Teaching With Star Trek

Teaching With Star Trek

I would love to share my family’s love of Star Trek with you. Everyone who knows us knows we are complete Trekkies. Did you know that my soon-to-be 11 year old son actually wants to be a scientist because of Star Trek. Did you also know that hundreds of engineers and scientists proudly proclaim that their career choices were influenced by Star Trek. How many tv shows can claim that kind of success and influence?? The big wigs at NASA, for many decades, have been Star Trek fans. Read more and download a free Star Trek printable If you think…

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Teaching 20th Century History With Star Trek

Teaching 20th Century History With Star Trek

To Boldly Go…Into 20th Century America Finally, we have reached the best and the brightest that Star Trek has to offer, plus Assignment Earth. First, we have the fabulous and hilarious A Piece of the Action. If you’ve never seen this episode, you are in for a real treat. Kirk as a 1920s mob boss. Does it get any better than this? Of course, every Trekker knows that The City on the Edge of Forever is considered the best episode ever made. However, it also asks some great questions about charity, pacifism and even theology. Finally, Assignment Earth, while not…

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