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Technology Behind Star Wars

Technology Behind Star Wars

Hello STEM lovers! Happy Sunday to all! It looks like spring is on its way!

Besides the joy it brings, it reminds us that the next to come is summer and it’s time to start planning! Register your child to have a wonderful time at STEM Camp. There is something new and cool to discover every day!

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To continue with Technology March, today we will talk about the technology behind Star Wars. Star Wars is one of our themes, and we prepared an incredible week. Choose your side, the light or the dark side of the force and let’s explore the amazing world of STEM. 

If you have ever watched Star Wars or even just heard about it, you certainly have already played with a lightsaber. You and I can play with a simple broomstick, however, “mythology holds that each weapon is powered by quasi-mystical cyber crystal, which resonates both with the Force and with its individual Jedi – or Sith. The blade is made from focused plasma energy, held within an invisible containment field.” (McDonald, 2015) Is there technology behind the lightsaber?

Because the photons that would make up the light don’t interact with each other, it is very unlikely that we would be able to light up the lightsaber as you see it in the movies. However, in 2013, researchers of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) succeeded at making the photons emerging as a single molecule. Mikhail Lukin, a professor of physics at Harvard, said, “It’s not an inapt analogy to compare this to lightsabers.” (Gent, 2017)

Although they were able to merge photons, it does not mean that lightsabers are close to existing in real life. That experiment happened under very specific conditions. But you can make your own lightsaber at STEM Camp!!! You will learn about electricity and circuits while using your lightsaber to deflect incoming blaster bolts. 

Download your Parent’s Guide to Activity and learn more about the activities we have planned for this summer, the STEM behind it and how we will approach these activities at camp. 

Reference:

Gent, E. (2017, May 04). ‘Star Wars’ Tech: 8 Sci-Fi Inventions and Their Real-Life Counterparts. Retrieved March 16, 2019, from https://www.livescience.com/58943-real-life-star-wars-technology.html

McDonald, G. (2015, December 17). 10 ‘Star Wars’ technologies that are almost here. Retrieved March 16, 2019, from https://www.infoworld.com/article/3015692/10-star-wars-technologies-that-are-almost-here.html#slide2