Non-profit Uses Iron Man 3 to Engage Students in Science

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ScienceBuddies.org knows that the secret to getting some students engaged in science is meeting them where they are and tying hands-on science exploration to an area of personal interest.

With the third Iron Man movie hitting theaters on May 3, now is a great time to spark science and engineering excitement among student fans. Science Buddies knows that the secret to getting some students engaged in science is meeting them where they are and tying hands-on science exploration to an area of personal interest. Tying science to pop culture is always a good way to get kids hooked and to inspire them to see the ways in which what they see and love on screen, in a game, or in a book is connected to real-world science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles.

For students who are into the world of Iron Man, there are plenty of angles to explore and plenty of room to experiment. Build a mini arc reactor for the science fair? Probably not. But explore the kinds of engineering that go into designing a robot, from considerations about the anatomy (and what the robot needs to “do”) to programming a robot using servo motors and Arduino – absolutely! You might not be able to build your own particle accelerator and create a new element. But building a cloud chamber and seeing evidence of radioactive particles flying through the air can clue students in to what’s all around us. Science Buddies offers a full list of STEM project tie-ins to help students delve a bit deeper into the science at the core of the Iron Man saga.

Science Buddies, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to helping students from all walks of life build their literacy in science and technology, so they can become productive and engaged citizens in the 21st century.

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