Long before The Wachowski came up with their magnum opus, The Matrix, science fiction had always a subject of great intrigue in society.
More than any other genre of fiction, science fiction tends to draw just the right amount of oohs and ahhs to keep the people coming back for more.
Cognizant of this fact, authors of science fiction novels have cleverly sought to use their prowess to pass along a message. At times, the intent is to talk about a social purpose or a goal. While not all the tales try to predict what lies ahead in the days to come, minds usually start racing once a little revelation of what the future portends comes to light.
Admittedly, science fiction usually lies on the near-impossible side of things. Looking back at publications in the last century, very few of the predictions made have come to pass.
That said, some gems actually lie in the genre. Google Earth just happens to be one of those bright sparks. The developers of the nifty program haven’t shied away from crediting Neal Stephenson’s 1992 science fiction novel, Snow Crash, for the inspiration.
Importantly, science fiction is a broad genre that tends to evoke all kind of emotion. With such a diverse subject matter, most authors take their sweet time drafting the narratives. At times, the story revolves around issuing a warning to future generations while some are nothing but pure speculation.
As science enthusiasts, one of the films which caught our eye was The Martian. While the film glorifies human ingenuity, it’s laced with the right kind of ingredients that can inspire young learners to pursue STEAM careers.
Science fiction movies can actually be a great tool when it comes to teaching with technology. Not only can they have a massive impact on the understanding and perception of students on various scientific phenomena, but they can also help for more interactive classroom sessions.
To avoid detrimental learning outcomes, teaching with technology needs to be handled with some finesse. Educators who are guiding students need to ensure that they are able to break down even the simplest of concepts which seem simple. Doing so helps ensure that learners gain an understanding of the current realm of science and are able to make a distinction between realistic experiments and works of fantasy.
Teaching with technology has its challenges. Some subjects like astronomy are a little bit complex for young learners to digest because the concept usually employed are somewhat abstract and removed from the day-to-day lives of learners.
Even the most intricate of ideas can be broken down into simpler analogies by making use of the power of visualization. So long as the science fiction stories you share are actually based on accurate science, you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone, educate, and entertain. Just how 21st-century learning is supposed to be!
If you’re relatively new to the science fiction genre, then, as a word of caution, be sure to toss away all notions you may have in your mind from watching too many Hollywood films. There’s plenty more happening on the ground than bug-eyed monsters, flying saucers and magical unicorns running about.
The late Carl Sagan, considered one of the most brilliant astrophysicists, is credited with penning one of the most revolutionary science fiction novels ever, Contact. In the book, he paints a beautiful picture of how life in the cosmos is like and how extra-terrestrial radio signals to function. So impactful was the book in the scientific community that it made into a fine film and some tidbits are often used by college professors when they are introducing courses they teach.
Caption: Science fiction novels often show a glimpse of what the future may hold
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Importantly, you don’t need to have a modern technology school in order to use science fiction novels for your class sessions. At D.school, the design school at Stanford University, they’ve been able to transform how they approach college education. Their efforts at changing how learning occurs have led to the development of Stanford 2025: a joint effort by the administration, teachers, and students to come up with a working model capable of overcoming the hurdles of education. By using technology, they’ve been able to come up with a more personalized and flexible system that has resonated well with students.
At AstroReality, we’re not new to the subject of teaching with technology. In fact, we’re one of the biggest proponents of science in the classroom.
With a design team committed to producing detailed 3D models of heavenly bodies, we’ve made good use of augmented reality technology for a more immersive classroom session.
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