Science Spoilers

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Science Spoilers
Science Course
Course CodeSPOF
Year Opened2014
Sites OfferedALE, GIL, LAJ, SAN
Previously OfferedSTP
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (2014):

Could Rapunzel’s hair support the prince as he climbs up the tower? One wolf can’t blow down a house made of straw, but could twenty? What would actually happen if you were bitten by a radioactive spider? What about zombies, werewolves, and vampires—could they really exist?

Using the scientific method, students in this course determine the plausibility of stories like these and uncover the circumstances in which they could be true. For example, students use an egg toss to model the physics of Superman® catching Lois in mid-air. To gauge the dangers of killer quicksand, students experiment with buoyancy and states of matter. While honing their scientific inquiry skills through these and other laboratory activities, students also discover the origins of fantastical tales, discuss why filmmakers, cartoonists, and authors create works of fiction that are scientifically inaccurate, and craft their own stories.