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Star Wars is a new thing in our house. My son has just started to get interested in light sabers, droids, Jedi knights, the Millennium Falcon, and Yoda. He’s not really into movies, although the excitement of the new release is making him want to watch the whole series. His interest stems mostly from his friends’ collection of cool Star Wars figures and toys.
The homeschool mom in me is always looking for ways to turn my kids’ interests into learning experiences and Star Wars offers so many opportunities, especially in science! Here are some areas where Star Wars will fit well with some links to some Star Wars science ideas.
Science And Star Wars Videos
If you want to see how real world science is found in the Star Wars movies, this is the site you need to visit. StarWars.com has it’s own science page with awesome videos that show clips of the movies and then show how that science is being used in real life. You will learn about things like artificial intelligence, space travel, the science of light sabers and more.
Studying the stars is a no-brainer when it comes to Star Wars Science.
- Summer Constellations – Learn about the summer constellations and create your own constellation viewer.
- Studying The Sun
- The Homeschooler’s Ultimate Guide To The Galaxy
- Google Sky Map
Add a little astronomy art to your Star Wars science activities. Draw what you are learning about with the Chalk Pastels Art In Space tutorial ebook. My kids (and I) love it!
The Star Wars world is full of planets each with particular biomes and environments. Studying those biomes can help kids understanding biomes on earth.
To fill in some of gaps in my son’s Star Wars knowledge, we’ve been checking out some of the Star Wars titles from DK books. The Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide is awesome. He learns about fascinating creatures, characters, and planets every time he opens the book!
DIY Light Saber
Who wouldn’t want to make a light saber? Steve Spangler has a great light saber science project you can do with your kids.