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Mr. G. from La Mesa CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Teaching Scientific Principles Through Science Fiction!

My students need 30 copies of Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku.

  • $532 goal

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My Students

I teach high school English for college-prep 12th graders. However, the major focus of the 12th grade English class I teach is science fiction. My students have grown up in an era of blockbuster science fiction films, like “Transformers,” “Iron Man,” and “Avengers,” but are not interested in science because they have difficulty in seeing the relationship between science fiction stories from film and literature and the scientific principles these stories are founded upon. Sadly, many of my students believe they are not meant to go to college, despite many having sufficient ability. As an English teacher, I use science fiction literature and films as part of my English class learning because I believe that science fiction has the power to interest students in reading and to develop scientific inquiry. While I work diligently to improve my students’ critical thinking skills by teaching them to be active readers, I try to convince them that they are meant to go to college. However, I lack resources that can bridge the literature of science fiction and actual science.

My Project

With a severe decrease in current educational funding, there are currently insufficient financial resources to purchase a book that can accomplish the goal of effectively linking scientific principles and science fiction. This book is “Physics of the Impossible” by Michio Kaku. If enough copies of “Physics of the Impossible” by Michio Kaku are purchased for my classes, an increased interest in science can be fostered that will most definitely open students to future opportunities for careers in science and related fields. Students with increased interest in science are more likely to be interested in attending college. And, when they get to college, they are more likely to be successful because they will have increased levels of literacy and the ability to see connections between complex ideas, specifically literature and science. Connecting science fiction and science can create a portal of access and motivation for many marginalized students, leading them to colleges.

I know times are tough for everyone right now, but this can make a huge difference in students' lives by linking science fiction and science.

You can increase the number of students who pursue college degrees in science-related fields, because this book, “Physics of the Impossible” by Michio Kaku, can open students’ future dreams and aspirations to the wonders of science.

Mr. G.
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel • Amazon Business $12.70 30 $381.00

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