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STEM OF THE LIVING DEAD

STEM OF THE LIVING DEAD

From superhero flicks to forensic dramas, Hollywood often consults and relies on experts to help inform the real-world science behind their projects. And STEM Behind Hollywood is an exciting new program created by Texas Instruments, in association with the National Academy of Sciences, to get students excited about STEM education and careers.

While the acronym itself stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, this particular program focuses on the importance these skills play in film and television. STEM Of The Living Dead is one of the first student activity in the series, and features Zombie Research Society advisory board member Dr. Steve Schlozman.

Dr. Schlozman, a Harvard Medical School professor who provides expert advice on zombies to filmmakers through The Science & Entertainment Exchange, shared his expertise with TI and leading math and science educators who developed the TI-Nspire™ activity Zombie Apocalypse for STEM Behind Hollywood.

STEM Behind Hollywood will feature a series of educational videos hosted by actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory, Blossom to the rest of us.) In fact, we’ve embedded the video for Zombie Apocalypse below, so please take a look and let us know what you think!

In addition, you can experience the activity for yourself online simply by visiting the official Stem Of The Living Dead website for more information including additional videos, activity files, student worksheets and teacher’s notes. There is also a free trial version of the TI-Nspire™ software available for both students and teachers. Check it out!

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  1. Hello, to all those alive! My name is Vanessa Abplanalp, and I run the entertainment section of Southport High School’s newspaper, the Journal, in Indianapolis, IN. For the upcoming issue, we’re trying to make it zombie based: is it possible to become a zombie? Will there be an apocalypse? How do we survive it? Are the depictions in Hollywood true? It’d be more than amazing to get a zombie expert for this piece. The article comes out Oct. 11, so the earlier a reply the better. Thank you for your time!

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