How my kids developed a fascination for Star Wars without ever seeing a single movie in the series until recently was beyond me.
Although their fandom came with a force-like desire for licensed toys and merchandise, it also got me thinking about using the power of the pop culture phenomenon to home in on core concepts of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). And with Rey (above) and her fellow Resistance fighters battling it out in the latest film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, now's a great time to inspire kids through movie magic.
Theresa Hegedus, dean of instructional leadership and innovation at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia, encourages parents and educators to use movies and TV shows as an effective starting point for deeper learning. "They’re already hooked," she says. "So try to capitalize on that immersive experience as a pathway to motivate kids and stimulate thinking."