4. Predicting the Future - Fact or Fiction?

  1. Do you think it is really possible to predict the future? Why or why not?

Can cartoons predict the future?

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what did people in the past think the future would look like? Were they correct?

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  1. Did any of these predictions come true? If so, which ones?

  2. Do you think people living 100 years from now will look back at our SciFi movies and think them silly? Why or why not?

Learner resource - Predicting the future - L8.2_tcm143-467668

How do I use computers and technology in everyday life?

After conducting the survey, answer the following questions in groups:

  • What are the main uses of the internet? What are the main benefits of the internet?

  • Are learners using the internet more? Is internet usage likely to grow? Why is internet usage growing so fast?

  • Are the results typical of the wider population?

  1. What makes Aerogels so strong and stable?

  2. What do muggle researchers need to experiment with in order to make an invisibility cloak like in "Harry Potter"?

  3. Which of these futuristic materials is used by NASA?

  4. True or False: Water droplets bounce off of super-hydrophobic materials?

  5. Hyperdiamonds are _________. (fill in the blank)

  6. Around the 5 minute mark of the video, applications for metallic glass and metallic foam are discussed. Other than what was shared, suggest 2 or 3 ideas of your own where these materials could be used.

  7. Aluminum oxynitride is made up of which chemicals?

  8. Self-healing concrete works because...?

Futuristic materials

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