Screening of movie ‘Gravity’

Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I may remember,
Involve me and I learn
– Benjamin Franklin

As the quote correctly says that students learn the best when they feel involved in the classroom. This involvement comes along with learning through inquiry, experiments, observations, discussions and educational movies. A lot of concepts of state board science curriculum are a little complex to understand for a 14 year old. Space, gravity, astronauts and satellite being some of the difficult topics, needed a lot of visuals for understanding. Therefore, we showed them trailer of movie that caters to all of these concepts. Students watched the trailer of movie ‘Gravity’ in one of our science classes. Learning by watching a movie trailer was an unusual and pleasant experience they had.

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts, and sees them stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their space shuttle. The movie shows you the efforts made by  two astronauts to survive in space and return safely to Earth. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_(film)).

Just the trailer of this sci-fi movie was enough to get our students involved and excited to know more about the movie, earth and space. And so we decided to teach space and gravity in detail through this movie.

Students engaged in watching 'Gravity'
Students engaged in watching ‘Gravity’
Soni, Sumaiya, Mansi and Aarti engrossed in watching movie Gravity
Soni, Sumaiya, Mansi and Aarti engrossed in watching movie ‘Gravity’.

The movie was watched over three science lessons. Each lesson included a 30 minute movie watch followed by a brief discussion on the relevant scientific concepts learned from that part of movie. Students discussed the character traits of both the astronauts in the movie.

Alina, Tina, Sumaiya to talk about the character traits of astronauts in the movie
Alina, Tina, Sumaiya to talk about the character traits of astronauts in the movie
'Shhh... Don't disturb us'- Shaheen and Shofiyah
‘Shhh… Don’t disturb us’- Shaheen and Shofiyah

A movie like ‘Gravity’ helps you learn much more than just the science part of it. When asked about the things that they learned from the movie, girls talked about values like perseverance, excellence, empathy and reflectivity. Students were able to explain the values associated with each of the crucial decisions made by the astronauts in the movie.

It was fun learning science in this way. At the end of the week students were feeling self-assured about the knowledge they gained through the movie. At ALF, in our science classes, we believe in building the scientific confidence that would last a lifetime.

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