Is there a better way to start back to school and begin learning about math and science than with the help of zombies? No, unless you use superheroes, but that is later in the year. Texas Instruments (TI) is launching "STEM Behind Hollywood," a new education program developed with assistance from The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as neuroscientist, STEM education advocate and actress from “The Big Bang Theory” Mayim Bialik.
In order to get middle and high school students interested in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and careers, this program makes math and science come to life in a series of free online classroom activities available at www.stemhollywood.com that help teachers demonstrate the real-world concepts behind four popular Hollywood themes: Zombies, Space, Superheroes and Forensics.
What are the requirements: Besides a healthy imagination, TI-Nspire™ CX graphing calculator, Student Software or TI-Nspire™ Apps for iPad® are needed. The activities are downloaded allowing the students to directly interact graphically with math and science in real-world concepts of the sci-fi representations.
In the first activity, Zombies, Mayim Bialik teams up with Steven C. Schlozman, PhD, Harvard Medical School professor and renowned author of "The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse," to help students explore several real-life scenarios of math and science – including what factors would impact the outbreak and spread of a "zombie pandemic" ( or avian flu or Ebola outbreaks) and what a "zombie brain" teaches about a real, healthy human brain's functions.
Besides Zombies, "STEM Behind Hollywood" activities will feature themes of Space, Superheroes and Forensics with the help of noted field experts, including:
- Space: Dr. Randii R. Wessen, Senior Technical Staff at the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Innovation Foundry
- Superheroes: Jim Kakalios, PhD, University of Minnesota professor, author of The Physics of Superheroes, and Exchange consultant for Watchmen and Green Lantern
- Forensics: Diane L. France, Ph.D., D-ABFA, Forensic Anthropologist and Director of the Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado
Visit www.stemhollywood.com to learn more about the "STEM Behind Hollywood" program, access the free activities, and sign up to receive notifications when new activities are available. A free trial of TI-Nspire CX computer software is available for students and teachers to use with the activities.
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Sheldon would approve.