27 May Science 8 Last class of 2018-2019 school year

Celebrating the last Sci 8 class of the year.

A HUGE THANK YOU for all the learning and effort you have put into this year. I have enjoyed getting to know you all so much, and I wish the very best for you. I hope you all have been inspired to learn as much as you can and to marshal and sustain your effort to make your earth a better place. There are big challenges ahead. You give me hope.

Keep up with what’s happening–a few items on the web from last week.

“I don’t care about change”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=312&v=7vnzKPq390Q

Anthropocene panel

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01641-5?utm_source=fbk_nnc&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=naturenews&sf213192063=1&fbclid=IwAR1gI3R8rcdiumnEk-y_avyg8vxM_6X70Fs_CwftnyIfemEmGczQ23jUA00

Green New Deal (would you consider this courageous? do you think concern about climate change is only political?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZyiZ2dXtVc

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There had been some interest in finishing the film we started about contact with extra terrestrial intelligent life. This is a poignant theme in the way humans have been treating their home, other living things, and each other as civilization has developed.

Here are the choices for today. We can vote.

  • Contact (1997) (see references from last classes in December 2018 in this blog)
  • Arrival  (2016)(a newer film that has been compared to Contact; linguistics is an emphasis as the main character tries to communicate with the alien, intelligent beings.)
  • The Andromeda Strain (1971) (a not so nice contact, written by the author of Westworld, Congo, Jurassic Park; Michael Crichton was trained as a Medical Doctor but never practiced; he wrote many well-received novels; many novels have been adapted for film.)
  • The Day of the Triffids (1962)(extra terrestrial plants; taking plants out of the background; what if plants could move and get what they needed from the environment?)

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