New Online Course Looks at the Cultural & Technological Impacts of Star Trek

Smithsonian and Learning for a Small World unveil Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology online course

A new Star Trek online course is being offered by NetDragon and the Smithsonian Institution. Star Trek: Inspiring Culture and Technology, will be a six-week program focussing on the cultural and technological impact of Star Trek.

The online course will be hosted by former Access Hollywood film critic and unabashed Trekkie Scott Mantz along with National Air and Space Museum curator Margaret Weitekamp.

Regularly priced at $20, the seven-section course is currently available for just $5 on the Learning for a Small World website.

Star Trek: Influencing Science and Culture Sections

Section 1: Course & Instructor Introductions

Section 2: Why Star Trek?

Section 3: What does it mean to be Explorers?

Section 4: What is Alien?

Section 5: What Does It Mean to Be Part of a Culture?

Section 6: The Frontier as a Powerful Symbol

Section 7: What Does It Mean to Be Human?

Course Overview

Why has Star Trek, which began as a failed network series, become so influential? Instead of fading away, the Star Trek universe now encompasses feature films, additional television series, and a universe of fan conventions and memorabilia. 

What about the shows and movies resonate with so many people? The powerful vision of futuristic space exploration drew on real history and contemporary issues to enhance its storytelling. Star Trek inspired audiences to ask fundamental questions about who they are and how they relate to the world around them.

Those who participate in the community and complete the course will receive an exclusive personalized digital course patch.

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