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Innovation in Tutoring: Using Technology to Enhance Learning

Exploring the Dynamic Role of Technology in Modern Tutoring with instructor Kathryn Fisher

In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, technology plays an increasingly crucial role in transforming learning experiences. From interactive apps to online platforms, innovative tools are reshaping how students acquire knowledge and skills. This article explores tutoring methods and the integration of technology to enhance the learning experience. [Read more…]

5 Ways Middle and High School Students Can Make the Most of Summer

Summer break presents a valuable opportunity for middle and high school students to engage in activities that are not only fun but also productive. As parents and guardians seek ways to ensure their children make the most of their time off, this listicle article will explore five exciting and beneficial summer activities tailored to keep students entertained, engaged, and learning throughout the break. From educational pursuits to creative endeavors, these suggestions aim to make this summer a rewarding and memorable experience for young learners.

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Teaching Kids About Space Using Movies

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There are many complicated processes happening outside of the ‘safe haven’ of the Earth’s orbit. Many adults sometimes have a hard time wrapping their heads around them. It’s no wonder it might be an even more difficult task for children. Teaching kids about space using science fiction movies, however, can help them make their first step at understanding physics, astrophysics, and biology. Not to mention, it’s lots of fun compared to textbook learning!

The Iron Giant (1999): A Great Sci-Fi Kid’s Movie for a Historical Perspective

The heartwarming children’s film The Iron Giant, children are introduced to several wonderful themes, such as family, trust, doing what’s right. This movie also gives a fascinating look at an era in time called “The Space Race,” which started the year this film took place: 1957. This was an ultra competitive time between the Soviet Union and the United States, when both countries raced to produce more advanced space travel in an attempt to see which side was more scientifically advanced.

An overall fun film with a great message, you and your children can experience the complex emotions people had right after the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, by the Soviet Union. Laugh, explore, and experience the space craze that swept the nation during the late 1950s!

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005): Finding the Gravity of This Amazing Space Movie

Zathura: A Space Adventure is an epic action movie about two brothers pulled into a space escapade with the help of a magic board game. Although this fun romp through the galaxy takes plenty of scientific liberties, some of the scenes are great platforms for space lessons – such as gravitational forces!

For instance, in several scenes, the brothers (and other characters) aren’t constrained by earth’s gravitational forces. As the boys float around and solve various puzzles, they use inertia, momentum, and Newton’s laws of motion for gaming success.

Interstellar (2014): Teaching Teens About Space Science Theories

In addition to extreme time dilation depicted in the movie Interstellar due to gravitational pull, Matthew McConaughey’s character experiences a lot of other hypothetical scenarios of exploring and living in space for extended periods of time. For instance, one of the movie’s intriguing concepts involves extreme time dilation caused by gravitational forces, offering a glimpse into the fascinating interplay between time and gravity.

Although written for a teenage audience, the out-of-this-world effects and wonderful performances really do complement the science-based story – especially one that is agreed by experts to be a relatively realistic depiction of complex science theories and their potential impact on everyday life.

To conclude: science fiction space movies can be a gateway to teaching kids about space

Whereas there’s a lot of fiction in space movies, there’s also a great deal of science to be learned (both with the true and the false!). Teaching kids about space with movies such as The Iron Giant, Zathura: A Space Adventure, Interstellar, and others can be a fascinating introduction to the amazing world of physics, astrophysics, and biology.

See more helpful teacher resources on our blog!

We’ve written about educational YouTube resources, some of which explain the science of space (including living on Mars). See our articles below for more resources you can use when teaching the subject of space:

Educational YouTube resources for better learning

More educational YouTube resources for expanded learning

Educational YouTube resources for older learners – Part 1

More educational YouTube resources for older learners – Part 2

Plus, see how these open education resources can help you with lesson planning surrounding space science topics:

Ways to use open education resources (OERs) when teaching

Slice Into Fun: 5 Fascinating Facts About Pi

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Oh, the joy of Pi Day—a mathematical jubilee celebrating one of the most influential numbers ever devised: Pi.

“Pi Day” was first introduced by physicist Larry Shaw at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988. Nearly twenty-one years later, on March 11, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution officially designating March 14 as National Pi Day. Most people enjoy the day with delicious pies (in honor of the namesake) while chatting about the significance of Pi in mathematics and its applications in the real world.

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But What is Pi?

Pi (or the Greek letter π) is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In other words, no matter the size of the circle, this ratio always remains constant. So, if you were to measure the circumference of any circle and divide it by the diameter, you would always get a value close to 3.14159 (which is shortened to 3.14 in most circles – no pun intended).

5 Rational Facts about an Irrational Number

As mentioned above, Pi Day is about two things: pie indulgence and exploring Pi’s quirky applications in the world around us. To help you on your Pi journey, here are five amazing facts about Pi that you probably didn’t know:

1. Pi is an irrational number, meaning the numbers in its decimal representation is infinite and non-repeating. Therefore, every number after 3.14 continues into infinity and no series of numbers ever repeats.

2. Pi Day also happens to fall on the birthday of one of the most influential scientists – none other than Albert Einstein! So, as you cut into that delicious piece of pie, make sure to toast Einstein and all he’s done for science!

3. Because Pi is an irrational number and its decimal representation goes into infinity without repeating, Pi enthusiasts around the world do their best to memorize the sequence. The current record stands at more than 70,000 digits memorized!

4. Along with its universal applications, Pi is used for more down-to-earth calculations. For instance, Pi influences architectural design, such as the structures like the Great Pyramid of Giza. Its ratio appears in the pyramid’s base perimeter, which is close to 2π times its height, demonstrating Pi’s impact on ancient architecture.

5. Because most objects in space move in an elliptical manner, it is important to use Pi in calculations. However, how do astronomers calculate mathematical results with an irrational number? The good news is scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) only need to calculate Pi to the 15th decimal (3.141592653589793) for their work.

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Try Some Pi Day Goodness

Let’s savor the unique charm of Pi Day and our delightful journey into the world of Pi. And remember, as magical as mathematics is, some of us have a hard time calculating those irrational numbers. To help, make sure you check out School is Easy and its amazing math programs! By doing so, we can all embrace the intricate beauty of Pi