While the science in Jurassic World might be a little shaky you can’t dispute the enthusiasm it creates. So, what are some BrainPOP topics you use to tap into this extra boost of enthusiasm?
It’s hard to not get excited about the Jurassic Park franchise and Jurassic World is no different. In fact, we got so excited about it that we completely remade and updated our dinosaurs topic to be even more awesome.
Our Dinosaurs topic now has even more up-to-date information about these terrible lizards, explores how palaeontologists know what they know, and some little known facts about some of the coolest dinosaurs. Plus Tim and Moby get into a bit of a kerfuffle in a museum with some very special dinosaurs…
But there’s more than just dinosaurs to get excited about when looking at the science of Jurassic World and here are our top BrainPOP topics picks about the science behind the park:
Obviously dinosaurs are the best part of Jurassic World and the various species that populate the movie are the stand out characters (we all know I’m mostly talking about Blue – the most awesome raptor) but the movie didn’t get all their names and behaviours completely correct. So, take a look at our new, improved dinosaur topic and see what palaeontologists think Utahraptors (what the velociraptors in the movie really are) and T. rex were really like.
The park in Jurassic World (much like it’s predecessors) relies on extracting DNA from fossils to create their dinosaurs. While this isn’t actually possible it’s a great opportunity to talk about fossils, what they are and why we bother digging them up.
DNA, cloning, and transgenic animals are a large theme in Jurassic World and they’er not easy concepts to understand. Try our DNA, cloning, and Dolly the sheep topics to get a handle on what this kind of technology means for the real world.
Extinction is a big concept to get your head around. It’s hard to imagine the sheer scope of a major extinction event and what could cause it. Because of how intricate biomes and ecosystems are it’s even harder to imagine the huge impact it can have even with smaller extinction events today.
It’s hard to conceive how old the Earth is, just how long ago dinosaurs populated our world, and how we can know how long ago it was. This topic on carbon dating helps explain how we know what we know about how long ago creatures like the Mosasaurus lived.
Finally, to get a good grasp on evolution and adaptation and understand how modern birds are related to dinosaurs you can play GameUP’s Life Preservers.