Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park (1993)

Concept featured in film:Science and Technology

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 2: 0:05:21 - 0:07:31


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Summary of clip: Paleontologists use a radar machine to study a velociraptor

Connection of flick to concept: This clip can be an engaging way to begin a discussion on the use of technology in science

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How is technology being used in this scene?

b. What technology is used in paleontology? Have the primary tools used changed much over the years? Has the study of Paleontology been dependent on high-tech equipment? What areas are more or less dependent?

c. When could this type of equipment be particularly useful? Are paleontologists able to dig everywhere that they would like to? How do paleontologists decide where to dig?

d. What are the drawbacks of this technology? Is there any information that paleontologists would miss if they stopped digging for fossils?

e. What was radar technology first used for? Do research scientists make use of technology that was developed for other areas of use? What are examples?

f. Do other disciplines ever use technology that was developed for scientific research? Examples?