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The Science Behind Superheroes

Science behind Superheroes

Hello all STEM lovers out there! Science February is underway and we have already talked about the science behind one of our themes this year, Transformers. Now it’s time to talk about the science behind another one of our themes, Superheroes.

Our Superheroes weeks are weeks two and six, July 8th – 12th Science behind Superheroesand August 6th – 9th, registration is open so go to our website to register your child in the week of their choice before the camps fill up.

We are going to look at Iron Man’s suit and how it is able to perform without overheating. Iron Man’s suit is made out of metal and includes a propulsion system which gives him the ability to fly. However, it also means that his suit will be extremely hot. Can you think of how to keep it from overheating?

The only way for Iron Man’s suit to deal with extreme heat is by having materials that convert waste thermal energy into electrical energy. By converting this energy, it powers his onboard computer control system by taking his waste energy and creating electricity.

There are many other uses for the electrical energy created from thermal energy. Thermal power plants use the same mechanism to generate energy. They use coal to produce steam which is used to drive a turbine that generates an electrical current. This is neat, isn’t it? Can you tell us other ways we convert waste thermal energy into electrical energy?

There are so many ways STEM is used in the world today, and so many different career paths children can take. Help them get started by signing them up for STEM Camp, where they can let their imaginations run wild through all of our educational activities.

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If you feel up to the challenge, give our STEM Superheroes Quiz a try with your child! Don’t forget to post your score on our Facebook post… Let’s get ready for summer!!!

STEM Superheroes Quiz
  1. Superman has one of the best superpowers out there, the ability to fly. What is the number one reason why the average person can’t fly?
    1. Water
    2. Weight
    3. Gravity
    4. Air
  1. A spider gave Peter Parker his powers to become Spiderman! What group of Arachnids are spiders?
    1. Araneae
    2. Ticks
    3. Mites
    4. Solifuges
  1. Daredevil is blind however, he uses sonar to see. Which other animal uses sonar to see?
    1. Bears
    2. Bats
    3. Elephants
    4. Monkeys
  1. The Flash is known as the fastest man on earth. However, what is the one thing that’s faster?
    1. Tornado
    2. Sound
    3. Light
    4. Usain Bolt
  1. The Incredible Hulk gained his powers due to a blast from a radioactive bomb. If you burn nuclear waste will it change the radioactivity in it?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  1. Iron Man is protected by his metal suit which helps him to do the amazing things he does. Which animal has their skeleton on the outside of their bodies?
    1. Rabbits
    2. Ants
    3. Worms
    4. Jellyfish
  1. Superheroes often have to go to battle in other galaxies. But they always know how to get back to our galaxy. What is the name of the galaxy we live in?
    1. Whirlpool Galaxy
    2. Earth
    3. Sombrero Galaxy
    4. The Milky Way
  1. Stormis able to generate bolts of lightning at her pleasure. Is the average energy released in a normal lightning bolt around 500 million joules?
    1. Yes
    2. No

Answer Key

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2.    1.

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4.    3.

5.    2.

6.    2.

7.    4.

8.    1.

Reference:
Weiner, A. (2008, January 31). The Science of Superheroes. Popular Science. Retrieved from https://www.popsci.com/entertainment-gaming/article/2008-01/science-superheroes
n.a. (n.d). Superhero Science. Fun Trivia. Retrieved from http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz2649681e560c8.html