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July 19, 2017 8:37 pm
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IMAX Films Inspire Students

Author: The Tech Museum of Innovation
Source: The Tech Museum of Innovation (https://www.thetech.org/educators/IMAX)

Image Credit: Canyon Crest Academy

Through IMAX, students can journey to unbelievable places without leaving their seats

Canyon Crest Academy students recently screened two documentaries they created using a $5,000 grant the Carmel Valley school received last year from IMAX’s Big Picture In Focus program, created to encourage students interested in filmmaking to develop movies that promote science.

Here are some of the IMAX features that are inspiring the scientists and leaders of tomorrow:

“Amazon Adventure”
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Amazon Adventure tells the story of Henry Bates, whose 11-year journey through the Amazon rainforest led to crucial contributions in biology. Bates identified 8,000 new species; discovered the mind-boggling “Batesian” mimicry phenomenon, in which edible animals deceive predators by adopting the look of poisonous animals; and collected the first evidence of speciation, or the birth of new species. This discovery became known as the “beautiful proof” for natural selection. Come see how current genetic research is uncovering the microscopic mechanisms behind speciation in the same animals at the heart of Bates’ discoveries 150 years ago.

“Dream Big: Engineering Our World”
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The first giant-screen film to focus specifically on STEM, “Dream Big” celebrates the engineers who are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, amazing and forward-thinking ways. In partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, join us as we explore how we use science and technology to invent, design, build and shape our world.

“Extreme Weather”
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Weather is one of the most dynamic forces shaping our planet, but now it’s more complex than ever. “Extreme Weather” takes us where few have gone. Travel to the edge of collapsing 300-foot-tall glaciers, to the front lines of massive wildfires, and directly in the path of deadly but mesmerizing tornadoes. Follow researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.

“Forces of Nature”
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Available in Spanish
Nearly 500,000 earthquakes, more than 1,000 tornadoes and about 50 volcanoes erupt around the world each year. The science stories in “Forces of Nature” are augmented with digital sequences designed to illustrate the inner workings of these events. “Forces of Nature” allows moviegoers to experience what it’s like when the ground shakes, mountains explode and the sky turns black and violent. Follow scientists on their groundbreaking quests to understand how these natural disasters are triggered. Learn what is being done to predict and prepare for these events — and minimize their destructive forces.
Educator guide (all ages)

“Humpback Whales”
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Available in Spanish
An extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals, “Humpback Whales” takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the Kingdom of Tonga for an immersive look at how the creatures communicate, sing, feed, play and care for their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX cameras, the humpbacks’ secrets are unlocked by a team of intrepid researchers — join their adventure on our giant screen.
Educator Website

“Jerusalem”
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Available in Spanish
“Jerusalem” takes you on an inspiring and eye-opening tour of one of the world’s oldest and most enigmatic cities. Destroyed and rebuilt countless times over the past 5,000 years, Jerusalem’s enduring appeal remains a mystery. What made it so important to so many different cultures? How did it become the center of the world for three major religions? Why does it still matter to us?
Educator materials

“Journey to Space”

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Available in Spanish
Come see exciting plans for the next giant leap into space: landing humans on Mars. “Journey to Space” will take audiences behind the scenes of the international effort to prepare and send astronauts to Mars within 20 years. The film is an inspiring reflection on the remarkable achievements of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, including the assembly and launch of the International Space Station and the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope. “Journey to Space” is a celebration of space exploration, a tribute to international cooperation in space research, and a vision of our near future beyond Earth’s orbit.
Educator guide (all ages)

“Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West”
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With stunning aerial cinematography and meticulous reenactments, “Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West” dramatizes the legendary early 19th-century expedition that crossed the uncharted North American West. Join a mission that tested the explorers’ courage; an expedition that challenged their resolve; and a journey that shaped a nation.
Educator guide (all ages)

“Mysteries of the Unseen World”
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Available in Spanish
Journey into the microscopic world and see a whole new universe once reserved only for scientists’ eyes. Thanks to this film’s innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology, audiences will see things not visible to the naked eye. Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, the setting and story are pure entertainment, but the science is breathtakingly real.
Educator Resources

“National Parks Adventure”
Available in Spanish
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Go on the ultimate off-trail adventure into America’s awe-inspiring great outdoors. For 100 years, spectacularly wild and beautiful places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades and the Redwoods have been a living monument to our nation’s vast and untamed wilderness. “National Parks Adventure” celebrates the majesty of these treasured landscapes.
Educator Resources

“Under the Sea”
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Available in Spanish
Actor Jim Carrey is the narrator/tour guide for a stunning journey into the world’s most beautiful and remote coral reefs. Be transported to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region. Experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. “Under the Sea” offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the impact that global climate change has had on ocean wilderness.

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