◊ 5th. Give Students Meaningful Challenges: “Real-world” power over their environment; Skills they can use without their Teacher!; “Real World” Work: kids want to lift Star Fighters, Save the city from monsters, not solve abstract “word problems.”
- See Ted Radio Talk: How Star Wars energized my physics students.
“Let’s see,” the students said, “we can figure out the standard gravity on the planet from the Star Wars Wikipedia!”
“And let’s figure out mass of starfighter from same source!” Then:
“What formulas do we need to calculate the amount of energy needed, let’s check physics text!”