Guest Post: The Martian - A Science Exploration

Written By: Alon A.

On October 28, 2015, thanks to Mr. Ryan’s dedication and organization, the McMath Grade 11 and 12 students got the opportunity to attend a fieldtrip to watch “The Martian”. An epic drama, both grand in intellect and excitement: the movie shows the struggle of an accidentally abandoned astronaut, played by Matt Damon, trying to survive on Mars using his knowledge of science. It is a movie of human endeavour, showing how with tec

hnology on our side humans can accomplish what was once considered impossible. This movie highlighted the three branches of science: biology, chemistry, and physics. I asked several students about their thoughts on the movie, and what they have learned.

Alex M., a grade 12 physics student stated, “It was interesting to see how NASA can calculate the orbital trajectory and intercept ships sent from earth into space.”

Another biology student added, “The movie showed how important the study of plants is; the botanist managed to stay alive throughout the movie using his knowledge of biology and basic chemistry.”

This movie furthered the students’ understanding of how science applies in the world, and everyday life. 

 

Edited By: Erica L.