Right now, most school budgets are depleted for the 2015-2016 class year. My book, Chemistry on a Budget, contains inexpensive chemistry labs that could be useful. You can buy this lab book for $23 at amazon.com or lulu.com. Check it out!
There are two versions of each lab, one with a ten-question conclusion and one with directions for a full lab report. This way the teacher has the option! Each lab is two pages to allow for one two-sided handout.
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“The film adaptation of Andy Weir's breakout novel "The Martian" isn't just awesome, it might also be one of the most realistic space exploration movies that's ever graced the silver screen. - See more at: http://www.space.com/30831-the-martian-most-realistic-space-movie-ever.html#sthash.LOciwmjh.dpuf “
I don’t recommend the entire film for classroom use because of its PG-13 rating – be forewarned, for those who haven’t seen it, the length is 2 hours and 20 minutes!
The websites that follow contain spoilers of the movie – it’s up to you if you want to see it first! I borrowed mine from the public library. Right now, it’s very popular, so you might have to wait in line to get it at the library.
“A scientist — as portrayed in most big-budget movies — usually resembles a robot more than a human. These caricatures of scientists show them as dorky, calculating, anti-social, almost never cool or confident, and rarely funny (and if they are, they usually crack jokes about ‘Star Wars.’)
Mark Watney, the lead character in ‘The Martian,’ is an antidote to that tired trope. He's funny, and his humor may be what saves him from losing hope — and his mental stability — when he gets stranded alone on Mars. “
According to “The Guardian”:
“Overall it’s a very good movie, and while there are mistakes in it, it is the first genuine Mars movie. It is the first movie that attempts to be realistic and that is actually about human beings grappling with the problems of exploring Mars, as opposed to various movies set on Mars that are essentially either shoot ’em ups or horror films. It does not engage in fantasy: no monsters, no magic, no Nazis. However, there are a number of technical mistakes.”
Here is a 24 minute video showing the accuracies and mistakes in the science of “The Martian” :
This narrator does say that the book has useful chemistry, and so reading the book and reporting 3-5 chemistry facts in it could also be a useful Extra Credit assignment.
NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) apparently likes it because it has a page at its website to cite current technology portrayed in the movie:
Some of the captioning is not accurate.
Here’s another article examining the “hits” and “misses” of the movie “The Martian” :
I noticed during my initial viewing of “The Martian” that gases move to equalize pressure in a few scenes (the explosion on the planet, releasing gas from his spacesuit to accelerate toward the spaceship).
“That rockstardom for NASA science was on full display this summer as Green walked San Diego’s Comic-Con… Newly named astronaut Victor Glover speculated about the first humans to walk on Mars. And Space Launch System manager Todd May talked about what it will take to get there.”
“In October , NASA will host the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for human missions to Mars at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Texas. Green says it’s very likely the places they choose will be where future Mark Watneys land and begin the next step in the evolution of humankind.”
*Here is a 54-minute documentary from the series “NOVA Science Now” hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “Can We Make it To Mars?” first aired on August 1, 2012:
( I’m amused by the use of the song from the 60s, “These Boots are Made For Walkin’ ” in the background music. )
Students could report 5 facts from the video, especially about Pressure, to stay on task while watching. This might be a good activity for sub-plans.
*Remember, this Blog contains several entries that would be helpful to your chemistry classroom. Remember, you can check out the Topic List to help you to find past Blog entries.
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