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Teaching the Film RADIOACTIVE: Marie Curie's Life and Legacy

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Subject Science — Chemistry, Physical Science
Grade Level Grades 9-12, Professional Development
Resource Type Presentation
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Join the Director of Radioactive, Marjane Strapi, the American Federation of Teachers, Amazon Studios, and Blueshift Education for a webinar on Amazon Studios' newest movie, Radioactive

Available on Demand

Radioactive is a biopic full-length film based on the life of Marie Curie. Awarded two Nobel Prizes, the first in physics (1903) for the discovery of the phenomenon of radioactivity, and the second in chemistry (1911) for the discovery of the radioactive elements polonium and radium, Marie Curie remains one of the most formidable and accomplished scientists of our time. Her body of scientific work gave birth to the idea of particle physics, changed our perception of matter and the universe, and led to monumental developments ranging from nuclear energy to treatments for cancer.

To inform and inspire future generations of students, Amazon Studios and Blueshift Education have developed three unique lessons for upper middle and high school educators on how to use Radioactive in their classrooms. These inquiry-based lessons can be incorporated into units on the history of science, the history of women in science, and the process of scientific discovery. The lessons can also be a tool for strengthening critical media literacy using film, and for thoughtful reflection and connection to the legacy of Marie Curie’s work today. Each lesson includes curated short film clips, primary and secondary source material, and inquiry-based activities to help students delve deeply into these lesson topics.

NOTE: Radioactive is a biopic of Marie Curie’s life. A biopic is a dramatization of the real-life events of a person’s life, and the writer, director, and actors use artistic license to interpret Marie Curie’s story - including the timeline, events, and characterizations of people represented in the film.

Available for one-hour of PD credit.*

*You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development recertification credit for participation in this webinar if you complete all the poll questions, survey, and actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate that verifies you completed the webinar. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the PD recertification credit is accepted.

You must be a Share My Lesson member to participate in this webinar. By registering for this webinar, you consent to getting a free account on Share My Lesson if you are not a current member.

On Demand version is available in closed captioning in English and Spanish.

Original Air Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020


RADIOACTIVE - Main Trailer - Starring Rosamund Pike
Remote video URL


4 Reviews
Excellent presentation. I'll
Excellent presentation. I'll definetly use it to teach my student. Thank you.
August 07, 2020
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August 06, 2020
Very well done. Direct tie to
Very well done. Direct tie to what I teach.
Edward McEleney
August 06, 2020
Sharon Dwyer-Singh
August 06, 2020

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