Genius by Stephen Hawking: Can We Time Travel? | Watch & Wonder Weekly Highlight

Monday, August 28, 1 PM

For next week’s Watch & Wonder Highlight, we’re thrilled to feature this episode of Genius by Stephen Hawking. After watching, dive deeper with resources about the nature of time and the possibility of time travel on PBS LearningMedia.

In Genius by Stephen Hawking, Professor Stephen Hawking challenges a selection of volunteers to think like the greatest geniuses in history and solve some of humanity’s most enduring questions. In the mind-bending first episode, Can We Time Travel?, Hawking leads us on a fascinating journey of discovery, featuring DeLoreans, clocks, a giant black hole and a large swathe of New York City to answer the question: is time travel possible? Without any mathematics or equations, he effortlessly manages to get three non-scientists to grasp 4 dimensional space and time travel.

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Can We Time Travel? Lesson Plan | Genius by Stephen Hawking

Grades 6-12
According to Stephen Hawking, time travel is possible and not in the ways we might think. In this lesson, students will watch the Can We Time Travel? episode of Genius to identify and discuss key ideas. In collaborative groups, students will draw conclusions about the nature of time and the possibility of time travel by making claims that can be supported by specific evidence.

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