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National Science Teaching Association: Blick on Flicks

Blick on Flicks was the National Science Teaching Association's (NSTA) long-running series of movie reviews which aimed to examine "how scientific concepts are used, misused, or simply ignored on the silver screen." The regular column was started in 2008 by Jacob Clark Blickenstaff, a Seattle-based learning designer and former professor of physics, and ran monthly in NSTA Reports up until 2020. Among the more than 100 reviews archived on the page linked above, some highlights include a discussion of Black Panther focused on feline taxonomy and nanotechnology (09-20-2018); the physics of vibration and the neurology of music in Coco (02-22-2018); The Martian's portrayal of scientific work and the effects of starvation on the body (11-03-2015); and the eating habits of Komodo Dragons and the toxicity of depleted uranium in the James Bond entry Skyfall (12-12-2012). Many of the reviews are available in audio formats as well. Blick on Flicks will surely appeal to science teachers at the middle school and high school level, who may find the reviews useful for contextualizing popular representations of science. The NSTA (previously featured in the 12-06-2019 Scout Report) is a professional organization of science educators dedicated to "promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all."
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Date of Scout Publication
November 12th, 2021
Date Of Record Creation
November 4th, 2021 at 4:22pm
Date Of Record Release
November 5th, 2021 at 1:04pm
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