Discuss the Applications and Implications of Metal Foam
What responsibility, if any, do scientists and the public have to make sure new technologies are developed for the purpose of good? Have students discuss this issue by brainstorming possible uses for a new metal foam and then deciding who should address unintended uses of that technology.
Discussing the Impacts of Social Media Algorithms
Students use an excerpt of Science Friday as a springboard to discuss and write about algorithms used in social media and their impact on the user experience. Common Core aligned discussion and writing for grades 9-12.
Discussing What Can Be Done About Mass Extinction
After listening to E.O. Wilson talk about mass extinction, students discuss the problem and possible solutions. They then write a response to E.O. Wilson’s ‘Half-Earth’ proposal. Common Core aligned discussion and writing for grades 9-12.
How Do You Create Moral Robots?
As we move towards self-aware artificial intelligence, engage students in discussion and writing about teaching robots the difference between right and wrong.
Media Guide: The Bouba-Kiki Effect
The Bouba-Kiki effect describes the tendency of people to identify certain sounds with specific types of shape. Students will test out the Bouba-Kiki Effect, learn about current research, create their own sound-shape pairings based on the theories behind the Bouba-Kiki effect, and evaluate different explanations for the effect based on their observations.
Media Guide: HIV Prevention With PrEP
Use this classroom resource to have your students learn about PrEP, an HIV prevention treatment that is the subject of a recent study in the Netherlands. Discuss implications of PrEP on the spread of HIV with this audio segment from Science Friday.