There has been a lot of attention paid recently to making sure kids love science. And what better way to get kids into science than by using Star Wars?
Science and Star Wars premiered Tuesday on the official Star Wars Facebook page. This online-only web series offers bite-sized episodes that explore the real-life science behind some of Star Wars' most fanciful fiction. The premiere episode is about lightsabers; according to io9, future episodes (each premiering Tuesday mornings on the Star Wars Facebook page) will focus on droids, blasters, hover vehicles, bacta regeneration, carbon freezing, artificial limbs, space travel, Force powers, artificial intelligence, and Boba Fett.
“We do some hypothetical assumptions about what might be under his helmet,” says Mickey Capoferri, senior director of content and programming at Lucasfilm, of a Boba Fett episode. “Like H.U.D technology is getting really big now. So while in the movies we don’t actually see what Boba Fett sees, we kind of hypothesize the types of things a bounty hunter of his level would have.”
The series is hosted by Anthony Carboni, who will be joined weekly by Star Wars actors and scientists. In the first episode, Carboni is joined by Taylor Gray, who plays Ezra Bridger on Star Wars Rebels.
“We care about getting kids inspired into science, so it really wasn’t that hard of a sell,” Capoferri says. “It was very much a ‘Yeah, that makes sense. That’s a good use of Star Wars.’ It shows that Star Wars is not just a piece of entertainment, it really is part of the zeitgeist, part of pop culture and part of our upbringing. You just can’t imagine a world without Star Wars.”
It's like Mr. Wizard for today's kids.