22 March, 2017
AMN8 Queenstown: teaching science through a soccer ball, with a dash of apocalypse as Bioengineer Albert Folch uses football to kick off children’s scientific curiosity.
Bioengineer Albert Folch uses football to kick off children’s scientific curiosity. Charles Anderson watches the AMN8 guest work his magic at a Queenstown primary school.
The children don’t seem terrified despite Professor Albert Folch just telling them that their planet will be vaporised.
In a billion years or so, the sun will grow into a Red Dwarf, envelop much of the solar system, and leave Earth as nothing more than a melted puddle amid its expanding mass.
“But we won’t be here and so we don’t have to worry about it,” Folch says.
The thought experiment is part of Folch’s way of getting these students, between 10 and 12 years old, to think about how science interrelates with another of his passions: soccer...
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