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Citation

Brown SP, Smith JW, McAllister M, Joe L. Adv. Physiol. Educ. 2017; 41(1): 16-24.

Affiliation

Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2017, The American Physiological Society)

DOI

10.1152/advan.00106.2016

PMID

28143818

Abstract

Using pop icons in the science classroom represents a creative way to engage often-distracted students in a relevant and, perhaps more importantly, fun way. When the pop icon is as universally known as Captain America, the pedagogical stage is set. However, when the movies can also be employed to link dramatic references to the science concepts at hand, we may have a very powerful tool by which linkages between fiction and science can be forged. In this regard, Captain America's performances in several movies to date can be used to explain actual science. Granted, script writers and movie directors may or may not be interested in whether the physical performances they depict can be explained, but that is irrelevant. The point is to make a connection using science to explain how the superhero can run faster, jump higher, or lift more than is humanly possible. If a teachable moment has occurred and an important concept has been communicated, the educator has accomplished his or her job well.

Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.


Language: en

Keywords

education; messaging; popular culture; science; superheroes

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