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Science Inspired by Superheroes

Updated on June 20, 2015

Education with a Bang

As a homeschooler of two boys I had to find topics of interest that would keep them excited about learning. What I created was Education with a BANG! Unit studies that involve topics of interest to most boys and that combine English, Math, Science, Art, Geography, History within its pages.

Science Inspired by Superheroes looks at the superpowers of our favorite superheroes and describes the scientific principles behind these powers.

by Bailey, age 7
by Bailey, age 7

Introduction to superheroes

Comic books were considered stories for children so there was not much concern to have real and accurate science, but, superheroes with their superpowers can inspire studies in Science. Many comic book characters were based on some sort of scientific fact although the facts were then often bent, twisted and altered in order to benefit the plot.

download the entire unit study to find out the history of comics!

Introduction to Science

Because of our interest in superheroes we can be inspired to study physics (the study of the laws that rule the Universe), chemistry (which is about the substances that make up the world), biology (which is the study of life), Astrophysics, (which is the study of space) and even pseudoscience like the supernatural.

download the entire unit study to learn about Galileo and Newton!

Did You Know?

Many superhero characters are scientists that through experiment and accident gain their super powers.

by Skylar, age 7
by Skylar, age 7

Superman - Super strength and gravity

Originally, Superman's powers were super compared to normal human beings. These super powers were based on the idea that Superman came from the planet Krypton. Krypton is said to be a much bigger planet than Earth and so the gravity of Earth is much less than that on Krypton.

Find out more about how a difference in gravity can make you seem super strong when you download the entire unit study!

The Flash - Friction, Momentum and Velocity

The Flash's speed allows him to run very fast as well as run up the sides of a building or across the surface of water. These superpowers do agree with the laws of physics. Find out how when you download the entire unit study!

Superheroes not only have to battle villains, but they must also contend with the down side of their powers (according to the rules of physics). Discover the problems these rules can cause for superheroes when you download the entire unit study!

Did You Know?

The fastest land mammal is the cheetah. It can run up to 64 m/hr (102 km/hr) but only for a short time before it gets tired.

by Skylar, age 7
by Skylar, age 7

The electromagnetic spectrum vs The Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic 4

Radiation is energy that travels from one body to another in waves. Different types of radiation flow in different wavelengths. These different wavelengths are organized on an electromagnetic spectrum.

download the entire unit study to find out about all the radiation waves on the spectrum.

Did You Know?

Originally, the Hulk was grey, but a printing problem caused him to become green, which then became part of the storyline.

by Skylar, age 7
by Skylar, age 7

Science and technology - The gadgetry of Batman and Iron Man

Some comic book superheroes did not have superpowers, they had intelligence and great gadgets.

Download the entire unit study to find out about these cool gadgets and real life gadgets too!

by Connor, age 9
by Connor, age 9

The Science of Genetics

Genes are what define what we look like, our height and some of our characteristics. They are passed down from parent to child which is why in families you can find similar traits (hair color, eye color etc.)

Download the entire unit study to find out more about genetics, and how it explains the super powers of Aquaman and Sub-Mariner!

Try it Yourself!

Download the full unit study to supplement your lessons or as a lesson itself.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      Looks like fun learning to me. They always learn best when they are interested.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      A super way to encourage learning about science!

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      glowchick 5 years ago

      Great idea! Home schooling is great because you CAN create fun learning that really interest your children :)

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      This was really interesting, thanks for a great lens!

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      Sandra Wilson 5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      @anonymous: I am sorry, it seems the link was broken. I have fixed it and now you can go to the site. The downloadable file is available after purchase. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can't seem to find out how to download the study to look at it. Please help!

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      This was a great lens on Superhero Science. I sure wish I had all these resources when I was home schooling my kids. This is wonderful!!!

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Science and superheroes go hand in hand! Please tell your young artists "thumbs up", their artwork makes your lens even more special :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      What a great idea! Love the kid's drawings.

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      iijuan12 7 years ago from Florida

      What a neat concept! Thank you for sharing! Blessed.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      This looks like a very cool unit study! Blessed!