Nerding out on Star Wars Science

Are light sabers possible? Could the Death Star really vaporize a planet the size of Earth? Take a look at the science behind the fiction with a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. Physicists sound off on the possibility of some of your favorite movie moments and describe the research that proves or disproves the phenomena in the Star Wars universe.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show the video during a lesson on states of matter or energy
  • Have students pick other fantastic phenomena from the movies to examine from a scientific standpoint
Classroom Considerations

  • Talk for a moment about plasma if pupils are less familiar with that state of matter
Pros

  • Clips from the movie make the video appealing to all ages
  • The narrator skillfully words the scientific explanations so no physics degree is required for understanding
Cons

  • None
Common Core