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  • Writer's pictureDr. Orna Kretchmer

May the Force be with you!

Happy Star Wars Day!!

by Dr. Orna Kretchmer

May 4th became the national Star Wars Day because of a pun - Obi-Wan Kenobi and others often use the phrase, "May the force be with you," as a blessing and phonetically it sounds the same as May the 4th be with you.

In 1977 (on May 25th and not May 4th :-) ) the very first Star Wars film was released (it was later retitled - Episode IV - A New Hope) and immediately became extremely popular. With time, and the release of the additional movies, the saga made a big impact on modern pop culture, art, music, video games and even science.

Star wars borrowed many real-life scientific and technological concepts but also inspired and influenced future (or futuristic) technologies:

  • Genetic Engineering (Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones)

  • Prosthetics (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

  • Solar Power (Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones)

  • Force Fields

  • Holography (Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)

  • Robotics

  • Aeronautics

  • AI and more!

Sounds, visuals, and the iconic score of the films have become integral components in American society and even though the saga started almost 50 years ago, children today are still fascinated with it. Parents and educators can leverage the Star Wars fascination to engage kids with STEAM subjects in a fun and inspiring way. This integration can spark creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills among learners of all ages.

Here are a few examples:

Science- Multiple examples of physics principles, from the motion of spacecraft to the behavior of lightsabers.

Technology - Star Wars is full of futuristic technology. Exploring them can spark discussions about current and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 3D printing and more.

Engineering - Observing and designing spacecrafts and droids for example can inspire students to explore concepts like aerodynamics, robotics, and mechanical engineering.

Art - The sky is the limit (and the galaxy is far far away) for the students' imagination

Math - From Symmetry to calculating trajectories for space travel, analyzing probabilities in strategic planning, or even deciphering alien languages - endless opportunities to engage students in math.

Did you know? The first recorded reference of the phrase being used was on May 4, 1979, the day after Margaret Thatcher was elected as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in the Evening News saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations!

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