The Martian Embodies The Importance Of STEM Education

by | Nov 2, 2015

“I’m going to have to science the (manure) out of this,” declares Matt Damon when faced with the challenge of making water and food on a planet 140 million miles from home. The Martian: An IMAX 3D Experience, now playing at Pacific Science Center’s Boeing IMAX® Theater, is a story of not only of ingenious creativity, but how science allows for us to think outside the box to solve a variety of challenges.

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

Whether it’s figuring out how to grow food on a planet where nothing grows, creating water from hydrogen and oxygen, calculating calories, using radioactive material to keep warm or communicating with Earth, Mark Watney uses his knowledge to survive on Mars. But the way that we see it at Pacific Science Center, Watney exercise his critical thinking to get him out of unthinkable situations that he’s developed through the practice and study of science.

Sure, our programs are focused on getting kids excited about science, but what’s most important is for kids to develop a way to critically think about the world around them. Take our Camps for Curious programs for instance, we offer a camp titled “Duct Tape Challenge”.  Maybe if you’ve seen The Martian already, you’d argue that there is a science behind duct tape, but here, we encourage our campers to use the all-purpose material to compete in engineering challenges. By using common materials in an uncommon way, our campers discover how to problem solve, which is at the heart of scientific inquiry.

See The Martian: An IMAX 3D Experience and see the importance of STEM education as a vehicle to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Theater Schedule
Oct. 23-29, 2015

The Martian: An IMAX 3D Experience
Rated: PG-13, Runtime: 142 min.
Thu, Oct. 29 at 9:45 p.m.

Crimson Peak: The IMAX Experience
Rated: R, Runtime: 119 min.
Daily at 7 and 9:45 p.m., also Fri-Sun at 4 p.m.

Hubble 3D
Rated: G, Runtime: 45 min.
Daily at 10:30, 11:45 a.m.

Humpback Whales 3D
Rated: G, Runtime: 30 min.
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Tiny Giants 3D
Rated: G, Runtime: 45 min.
Daily at 11:45 a.m., 1, 2:15 and 4:45 p.m.

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