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When Sci-Fi Becomes Reality

This Science fiction-filled nanocourse is a focused case study. Students will analyze the genre by working through books, tv shows, and movies. Students will break Science fiction down into key components: science, technology, philosophy, and communication.
By Torsten Klaus & Oliver Lewin - Teachers


Course Description

This Science fiction-filled nanocourse is a focused case study. Students will analyze the genre by working through books, tv shows, and movies. Students will break Science fiction down into key components: science, technology, philosophy, and communication.

Students will leave this Nanocourse inspired and filled with ideas. This discovery path might encourage kids to think about joining other clubs they have not thought about before.

Scifi clubs consist of science experiments, Art club demonstrations, 3D modeling, or Coding. At the same time, this nanocourse will shed light on ethical and philosophical questions of how we design and create projects and how we might work in the future. Or to say it with Jack Ma’s words: “To compete with AI, companies must show empathy.”

Learning Goals

  • Throughout the four weeks, students will explore different aspects of science fiction.
  • Examine how the genre is portrayed in the media, past, and present.
  • Researching scientific theories, like teleportation and time travel.
  • Explore and debate the ethical and philosophical issues that arise with space, aliens, and time travel.
  • Evaluate what can be learned from Sci-fi and how these aspects can be used in our lives.

Week 1: The influence of science fiction

-What is science fiction, and how has it influenced cinema, tv, and culture? -How did writers and authors create science fiction stories in the past, and how did they imagine the future? -Let’s explore what items, gadgets, or theories turned into real-life products and how did they change our lives

Are there some gadgets you have seen in a sci-fi movie you would like to use? How would it change your life?

Week 2: Science fiction elements

Theories fact checks:

  • Is it possible to travel at the speed of light?
  • Will we beam an object or person from place A to B?
  • Is it possible to travel through time? Is this worth it? What would be the side effects?
  • Research the butterfly effect. What would you change?
  • Research Stephen Hawking

Week 3: **Communication of the future **

  • Communication with aliens (how would we approach an alien?
  • Is it better not to have contact?
  • Debate: ethics and philosophy; Shall we explore space and seek out new life forms?
  • Voyager space crafts - what message have we already left? (video)

Week 4: Project’s Presentation

Students share their presentations with the class. Project: What does your future look like?

  • If you were to design your future world, what would it look like? Would you change or remove anything? What is possible?
  • What does the technology of the future entail? What will our needs be in the future? Will we have any requirements left (technology will do everything for us)?
  • What aspect of science fiction could become a reality?

About the Facilitator

Oliver is a fully qualified teacher (IPGCE, 2019, Sheffield University) with five years of experience teaching in schools. He is passionate about education and has had the opportunity to live and teach worldwide. Oliver loves to explore different topics with his students, his favorites being the humanities and sciences (He earned a Biology degree in 2014 at Aberystwyth University). He makes sure to implement technology within his sessions and promotes research and experimentation. Facilitating check-ins is one of Oliver’s joys and allows his students to discover the rewards of taking responsibility for their learning. He believes that knowledge is for life and tries to encourage his students to become enthusiastic about their education.

Oliver has always taken an interest in space and the future. He thought these topics could spark the imagination to allow students to see the endless possibilities for their future.

Torsten Klaus is a father to three wonderful homeschooled children. As a young boy he fell in love with a typewriter, a cassette recorder, glue stick and paper. The results were hand-made newspapers and audiobook stories….

A few years later Torsten turned his passion into a profession. He became a journalist (TV productions in Berlin) and learned all about editing, screen writing and interviewing people.

After moving to the UK, Torsten also started working in education with children and families (UK NVQ Level III). He has been working in education for settings in the UK, Austria and Portugal for about 15 years.

Torsten is also extremely passionate about outdoor learning fun! That’s why he founded the “Wild Dads UK” outdoor group and also facilitated outdoor learning sessions for the Permaculture Association UK.

Torsten was born in East Germany (GDR) and has since lived in seven countries. In 2015 he published his book “The Empathic Father” (OTF, London). He is writing for parenting magazines in the UK, Australia, NZ and the US. Torsten produces video and graphic content for companies in Austria, Spain and the UK and he runs Filmmaking and Debate Clubs for our global online platform, Galileo.

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