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Use Superheroes to Teach Your KIds Science

Whether you’re a homeschooler or a parent just trying to enrich your kids’ education, you’ve probably got a kid who’s into superheroes. (Who isn’t?) Why not use something they already love to sneak in a little science?

In The Physics of Superheroes, James Kakalios uses super heroes to give some pretty in-depth physics lessons. It’s aimed at older kids and adults and is almost like a text book–If you’re majoring in awesome.

But you don’t have to have a PhD to talk about science with your kids. If your kids aren’t ready for the which-is-better-flight-vs.-invisibility-debate (FLIGHT), you can start with the basics, below.

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  • Learn about gravity from Superman 1 of 5
    Learn about gravity from Superman
    Superman is from the planet Krypton where the gravitational pull is much stronger than that of the Earth. He comes to Earth where there's less gravity and BAM--Able to leap tall buildings.
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  • Spidey’s web teaches about tensile strength 2 of 5
    Spidey's web teaches about tensile strength
    "Will this rope hold me?" Probably not, kid. Spider-Man's webbing is as strong as high-tensile steel which can hold 100,000 lbs per square inch. Jump ropes, for example, have less tensile strength, even though they look thicker.
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  • Is Aquaman a mammal or a fish? 3 of 5
    Is Aquaman a mammal or a fish?
    Aquaman is a highly adaptive mammal with the ability to speak to fish. He also has gills. Sometimes our bodies make us feel confusing feelings.
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  • Magnets stick to metal, just ask Magneto 4 of 5
    Magnets stick to metal, just ask Magneto
    Magneto can congrol magnetic force fields. So what, you may ask. Here's a list of metal that could hurt you: bullets, guns, knives, missles. Thinking Question: What could you use to protect yourself against Magneto? Answer: Plastic.
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  • Gadgets make the man, so pay attention in Physics 5 of 5
    Gadgets make the man, so pay attention in Physics
    Grappling hooks and Bat Mobiles make Bruce Wayne formidable. Does that mean Daddy with his iPhone is a super hero? He thinks so."Siri, Defend Gotham."
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