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STEM Behind Hollywood

STEM Behind Hollywood

From zombies and superheroes to crime drama and space, Hollywood’s blockbuster genres rely on real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to bring the magic to life on the big screen.

STEM Behind Hollywood is an exciting new program created by TI with the assistance of the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences, to get students excited about STEM education and careers.

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Dr. Z(ombie)

Steve Schlozman, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and author of The Zombie Autopsies, is Hollywood's go-to expert on zombie science.

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Can science pHind a cure?

Students explore STEM concepts to test a hypothesis that elevating body pH can stop the fictional Zombie Apocalypse - the TI-Nspire™ activity that launched STEM Behind Hollywood.
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Entertaining a new focus on STEM education

Scientists and experts who consult on Hollywood films and TV worked alongside leading math and science educators to create free classroom activities for TI-Nspire CX™ handhelds, TI-Nspire™ Teacher and Student Software, and TI-Nspire™ Apps for iPad.

These activities center around the math and science behind Hollywood themes like zombies, superheroes, space and forensics, and they give students the chance to solve problems just like real-life scientists using the concepts behind their favorite movies and TV shows.

TI’s STEM education advocate

Her role as one of TV’s most endearing nerds — Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory — is hardly a stretch for TI’s brand ambassador, the Emmy-nominated actress Mayim Bialik.

“STEM Behind Hollywood introduces students to what it looks and feels like to be a scientist. We're making math and science from movies and TV come to life by giving the concepts a visual representation with TI-Nspire™ technology.”

Like her Big Bang Theory character, Mayim holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, is fluent in the language of science and understands its critical concepts inside and out. She is also a passionate advocate for STEM education and TI-Nspire™ technology.

Previously released activities