Science and Sci-Fi: Using Real Science to Explore Fictional Worlds

Session ID#: 26335

Session Description:
Science outreach remains a vital avenue for public engagement with, and appreciation/support for academic research. One successful model is using legitimate science to explain science fiction and fantasy (e.g., Star Wars and Game of Thrones blog carnivals). Rather than debunking or refuting characters, lands, and universes that were never meant to be scientifically accurate, these projects celebrate what fans of the genres already love about the stories, but with the infusion of sound science however silly and/or convoluted it may appear on the surface. In other words, rather than potentially push an audience away, these projects engage with an audience eager to dive deeper into their favorite stories. The point of exercises like these isn’t necessarily to legitimize the fictitious, but to use fiction as an entrée to exciting the general public about science, ultimately promoting scientific literacy as an enhancement of the things people already enjoy.
Primary Convener:  Ryan J Haupt, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, United States
Convener:  Miles M Traer, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States

  • ED - Education
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Olivia Ambrogio, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, United States
Martin Truffer, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, United States
George F Engelmann, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, United States and Daniel J Chure, Dinosaur National Monument (ret.), Jensen, UT, United States
Miles M Traer1, Ryan J Haupt2 and Emily Grubert1, (1)Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, (2)Science... sort of, Lorton, VA, United States
Ryan J Haupt, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, United States and Miles M Traer, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States
Erik R Hankin, American Geophysical Union, Talent Pool, Washington, DC, United States

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