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2016

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

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Close Encounters With Creative Chemical Thinking: An Outreach Presentation Using Movie Clips About The Elemental Composition Of Aliens And Extraterrestrial Minerals, Mark A. Griep, Marjorie L. Mikasen Jan 2016

Close Encounters With Creative Chemical Thinking: An Outreach Presentation Using Movie Clips About The Elemental Composition Of Aliens And Extraterrestrial Minerals, Mark A. Griep, Marjorie L. Mikasen

Faculty Publications -- Chemistry Department

To introduce more chemistry into a middle and high school bioengineering camp experience, we developed an educational and entertaining presentation that examines the chemistry in movies about aliens and minerals from outer space. Our goal was to help the campers to think creatively about the bioengineering projects they are doing and about its chemistry. After watching each movie clip, we explain whether the chemistry in the clip is real or fake, and then describe the real chemistry that inspired it. The chemical touchstone for the presentation is the periodic table. First, the campers learn that aliens in five movies are ...