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5 Films that Teach STEM Concepts

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2. The Right Stuff

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STEM Content: In this film, students will follow the careers of the Mercury 7 astronauts while they prepare to orbit the Earth. Based on the Tom Wolfe book, “The Right Stuff” offers insight into the early days of the space program in the United States, through the stories of Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, and Gordon Cooper.

Teaching Content: Teachers have an opportunity for shedding light on the early, dramatic days of the space program in the United states. Couple this movie with a showing of “Hidden Figures,” as presenting these two films that teach STEM concepts will illustrate the different perspectives of men and women, and white and black space professionals during this time.

Rating: PG
The movie would be most suitable for high-school students, as there is strong language and adult themes, and masturbation is implied off camera when the astronauts must provide sperm samples.

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