Reading for the Future is a grass roots group of parents, teachers and librarians that have banded together to help excite children, to inspire them to read, to study, and to learn -- to think about the Future -- by using the literature of Science Fiction in the classroom.
A list compiled by Andrew Franknoi, of science fiction stories that can be used to illustrate topics such as black holes, dark matter, cosmology, quantum mechanics, quasars, particle physics, or neutron stars.
In this essay, Martin Griffiths wonders how SF could be used as an educational tool to greatest effect: "The lessons inherent in SF can be utilized to illuminate the tensions and fears that new developments can bring....Opening our minds to the possibilities of the future is not only the remit of SF authors – it is the duty of educators of all disciplines to live up to the challenge."
How can Science Fiction be used to teach scientific concepts? This collection of articles illustrates how Sci Fi books and short stories and movies can be used by teachers to inspire kids and convey concepts of physics and biology and chemistry. With links to relevant reading lists.
1001 ideas to get your students writing their own science fiction story. Concepts from alien invasion to First Contact, cloning to genetic engineering, memory editing to mind uploading, galactic empires to precognition, time travel to alternate dimensions, shape shifting to virtual worlds. Inspiration for everyone.
A unit developed by Lorna S. Dils to integrate future studies into the curriculum for seventh to ninth graders, using science fiction short stories: "Perhaps the most cogent arguments in favor of teaching science fiction are presented by Ben Bova in Viewpoint in which he states that much of what is taught in school is historically important, valuable, difficult and dull. Science fiction stands out “like a refreshing oasis of story and significance; a bad teacher must work hard to make it dull”. Good science fiction presents ideas and philosophies. It introduces themes of personal integrity, relationships—human and alien, other life forms and cultures, and our responsibility to technological change. It is interesting in and of itself, but it also presents ideas and alternatives. These arguments are all the same objectives for teaching future studies."
SOLAE is dedicated to helping Educators in both the class rooms and libraries. From our new “From Science Fiction to Education” Educator Grant Program to our annual “The SOLAE Foundation Award for Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact” given at the State Science Day held by The Ohio Academy of Science. Our sponsored events, Marcon and Celestial Primes’ Feast of the Owl, include panels aimed at Education, Science, and Writing.
Science fiction predicts change, explores consequences, and studies potential futures. It teaches adaptability and open mindedness in the face of change. It performs "imaginary experiments" to see how people react to change before the change actually happens, and provides a different perspective on our world. Science fiction writers see the future as a consequence of our present day. In this light, it is also a vehicle for social analysis and an opportunity to experiment with new concepts and their effects on humanity and the world. Science fiction presents many issues from many different points of view for us to examine.
An inspirational video promoting the use of science fiction in education. For Science Fiction dares to ask that all-important question: What if? ...daring us to look boldly toward the future. The future that we will create.
"Science Fiction is the only form of literature that consistently considers the nature of changes that face us, the possible consequences, and the possible solutions." -- Isaac Asimov
An article by author David Brin: "Consider the ages from twelve to fifteen, when a person's sense of wonder can bloom or wither, starved by ennui or seared by fashionable cynicism...Sometimes even the right book or film can ignite a fire that lasts a lifetime — you never know."
The goal? To create a positive, assertive, problem-solving civilization raise enthusiastic and bold generations. Not just this one, or the next generation, but many more culminating in the stars. Think ahead....
Index to study guides for various science fiction works, prepared by Paul Brians, Professor of English, Washington State University.
These contain information about many SF classics, including A Canticle for Leibowitz, War of the Worlds, The Martian Chronicles, The Dispossessed, Neuromancer, The Handmaid's Tale, and Blade Runner, with hyperlinks to related sites.
A syllabus of a course using science fiction books to teach biological concepts, by Professor Joan Slonczewski. Topics covered: What are mutants? How do sentient life forms evolve? How do we adapt? How does genetics shape us?
A collection of teaching resources maintained by the Science Fiction Research Association, on topic such as Science and Technology, Science Fiction and Human Nature, SF and Culture, Evolution and Science Fiction.
A list of suggested science fiction novels for young adults. What books can we give our teens that don't mire them in a swamp of vampires, domineering wizards or nostalgia for feudalism? This list includes classics from Isaac Asimov, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury, as well as more recent works from Cory Doctorow, Greg Bear and Neil Gaiman.
Science fiction has always asked what comes after Homo sapiens. A superhuman version of our species, or a dying planet devoid of intelligent life? This list of 35 essential posthuman novels will get you started answering the big questions too. From Slan to Uglies, Marooned in Real Time to The Dying Earth.
Aimed at the elementary school classoom: suggestions for using science fiction to inspire students to write. What will life be like in the year 2050? What new technologies, forms of transportation, communication, recreation, food, or medicine might exist? How can you illustrate these in fiction?
A collection of science fiction novels that may prove useful for illustrating concepts of physics -- including Mission of Gravity, Critical Factor, The Cold Equations, Timescape, Neutron Star, Nightfall, and Particle Theory.
The Authors discuss how to use science fiction to motivate students: "Its appear comes from its imagination and vision of the past, present and fuutre. Imagination comes into play as science fiction challenges readers to first imagine, and then to realize the future of not only the novel they are reading, but, in juxtaposition, the world in which they live." Reading lists and resources are given for use by teachers seeking to incorporate SF into the classroom.
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