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The Science Behind Sci-Fi


Have you ever seen Star Wars, or read Frankenstein or Dune and wondered about the science behind these incredible science fiction stories? This course will take you through science fiction as a genre and introduce various concepts that come up in science fiction, like space and time travel, in an accessible and engaging way!

This course is not currently accepting new students.
The Science Behind Sci-Fi

About this Course

This course is not currently accepting new students.

Class 1

  • Students will learn about science fiction as a genre, common themes and science concepts present in science fiction media, and how space exploration compares in real life to its depiction in science fiction media.
  • Students will create a critique of science fiction media related to space exploration.

Class 2

  • Students will learn about the history of space exploration and where we’re at with it today, different theories on time travel and alternate universes, and examples of speculative technology found in science fiction media.
  • Students will create a timeline on space exploration and their own idea for a speculative technology invention that could be found in science fiction. They will also finalize their pitch of their own science fiction premise.

Homework not included

Meet Your Instructor: Purnota Tanzilla

Hi, I’m Tanzilla Purnota! I love science and am super passionate about making it more accessible, engaging, and fun for kids. During my free time, I like learning new things (especially about science). I also love to write, read, and teach! For my undergraduate career, I studied Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley.

The Science Behind Sci-Fi

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