Days of Thunder
Iron Man (2008)
Concept featured in clip: Scientific Method
Location of clip: DVD: 1:01:06-1:04:49


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Summary of clip: Tony Stark has just completed construction of the Iron Man suit. The computer system warns him that a test flight is not advisable, as there are still terabytes of calculations to be made. Tony does not want to wait, so he zooms off into the night. In his eagerness to test the suits limitations, Stark goes for the manned flight elevation record with catastrophic results.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: Scientists must always take the proper precautions in planning and conducting their experiments.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students after viewing the clip:

a. Do you think there is one correct scientific method? Why or why not?

b. What are some steps of the scientific method? Does Tony follow these steps during his experiment?

c. What are the dangers from using a product without doing thorough tests? Could there be benefits from not doing these tests?

d. What are some examples of scientific products or experiments that require the "scientific method"?