Promoting science (séries techno LV1)

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Unit 1 - | Corpus Sujets - 1 Sujet Promoting science  

France métropolitaine 2014 • LV1 séries technologiques






France métropolitaine • Juin 2014

Séries technologiques • LV1

Text 1

Thor: the dark world

Thor actress teams with Marvel on new contest to connect girls with the most successful women in science, technology, ­engineering and mathematics

To celebrate the new Thor sequel coming out in November 2013, Marvel and Natalie Portman have partnered on a fantastic initiative/contest designed to inspire young girls to consider future careers in science. Titled the ‘Ultimate Mentor Adventure,’ the project aims to “empower girls ages 14 and up in grades 9-12 to embark on a journey that will allow them to explore their potent­ial in the world of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Portman, who plays astrophysicist Jane Foster in the Thor films, says in a short video that she loves science. “Today, I'm here to tell you about a life-changing opportunity for girls like you. Marvel has created a program that will give you a chance to explore science, meet amazing scientists and mentors, and even get some time in front of the camera yourself.” Entries will be accepted through Oct. 20. Jump here to learn more and apply!


STEP 1: Download, Complete, and Submit Your Form.

STEP 2: Go On Your Own Hometown Mentor Adventure! Interview a successful woman working in a STEM field in your hometown. This is your chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how they got where they are today, and how you might follow in their footsteps.

STEP 3: Create a Video About Yourself.

Next, create a 5-minute, unedited video of yourself so that we can learn a little about you! You may use a Smartphone, computer, tablet, or a camera to make your video. Tell us about your interview. Whom did you meet What does she do How is her career related to STEM What inspired you

STEP 4: Upload your video.

Finalists of MARVEL’s THOR: The Dark World: ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE will be notified by Thursday, October 24, 2013. Each winner and one legal guardian will travel to Los Angeles, California on or about Sunday, November 3, 2013 and will return home on or about Saturday, November 9, 2013 (the “Trip”). All winners must be available to travel to Los Angeles during this period and must be available to participate in the premiere screening of the MARVEL’s THOR: The Dark World ­ULTIMATE ­MENTOR ADVENTURE documentary short at 4:20 PM on November 8, 2013.

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Adapted from: Wed, Oct 02 2013 at 12:42 PM

Text 2

Brian Cox says TV shows inspire a new generation of children to study science

Presenter cites BBC series as a big factor in the popularity of biology and physics.

He conquered the pop charts with 1990s band D:Ream, explained the intricacies of the gravity to a confused nation and even appeared in a magazine list of the sexiest men alive. Now Professor Brian Cox, one the the BBC’s star turns, has laid claim to a new achievement: inspiring a generation of children to take up biology, chemistry and physics in school.

In an interview in the Observer Magazine, Cox – who has been a ubiquitous presence on the BBC in recent years – says he believes there can be little doubt that science on television has been a factor in an upward trend in the number of children taking up the subjects at GCSE and A-levels1.

Cox said he believed that the series of science programmes, including his Wonders of the Solar System, aired during the BBC’s year of science in 2010, had had a major impact.

In 2012, there was a 36.1% increase in the number of students doing GCSE science exams, compared with the previous year. Biology and chemistry were two of the three A-level subjects, including ICT2, where attainment rates at A*/A3 rose in 2012. Cox, 45, who is currently filming a new show about man’s growing understanding of the universe, said: “It’s kind of obvious when you think about it. A public service broadcaster in my view is part of the education system, as it does change behaviour.”

“I think the year of science did that. There has been an upswing in the number of students applying to university to do scientific subjects. It’s difficult to say why, as there are many factors. It’s important to say that. But one of the factors is the popularity of science on television.”

The presenter and academic, a graduate of Manchester ­University who is regarded by many as the BBC’s successor to David Attenborough, said the success of the programmes in 2010 had also made it easier than ever to pitch science to channel controllers.

Daniel Boffey (Policy Editor), The Observer, 05.05.13.

1. GCSE and A-levels: secondary school exams in the United Kingdom.

2. ICT: Information and Communication Technology.

3. A*/A: The best possible marks/grades for exams.


Both texts

Choose the right answer.

Both texts are about

1. girls choosing scientific studies.

2. famous people promoting science.

3. criticising the entertainment industry.

Text 1

1 Match each element with the corresponding definition from the following list. Some definitions will not be used.

a scientist in a film – a media corporation – a competition – a film – a science laboratory – an actress – a film director

1. Thor: ….

2. Ultimate Mentor Adventure: ….

3. Natalie Portman: ….

4. Jane Foster: ….

2 The people who enter the competition.

Who are they Pick out the three necessary conditions to enter the competition.

3 What do they have to do Complete the following summary with words from text 1 (one blank = one word).

To participate, the applicants must

1. fill in and send a …. on-line

2. make a …. which should contain information about the …. they did

with a famous …. who works in the domain of ….

4 What is the prize of the competition (2 elements).

Text 2

1 Copy the following table onto your paper and complete it.



Brian Cox





2 Match and write out the appropriate dates with the sentences in the list below.

1. 1990s

2. 2010

3. 2010

4. 2012

5. 2012

a) British pupils got better results in science exams.

b) Brian Cox and his group of musicians had a hit.

c) More pupils took science degrees.

d) Brian Cox’s first show about our universe was broadcast.

e) The national TV channel dedicated this year to science.

3 Pick out one sentence in the text for EACH statement showing that

1. according to Brian Cox, TV has an obligation to help people to learn.

2. Brian Cox thinks there will be more science on TV in the future.

4 Complete the sentence by using one of the following adjectives.

complicated – useful – unprofitable – elitist

As a conclusion, we can say that science programmes are ….

Both texts

The following sentences are right. Justify by quoting the text.

1. Natalie Portman thinks her action can transform girls’ destinies. (Text 1)

2. Brian Cox thinks the media can transform the way people think and react. (Text 2)


> Choose ONE of the following subjects (150 words minimum)

1 Write about a television programme that you find particularly inspiring. Choose any domain: arts, sports, travel, science, technology, cooking, etc.


2 Here are the profiles of three successful scientists. You have interviewed ONE of them. Write out the interview.



NAME: R. Rodriguez

JOB: Aerospace Engineer

ADDRESS: Phoenix, Arizona

OTHER INFORMATION: took a trip to Space Center in Houston at the age of 11 2 years at International Space University in Strasbourg fluent in French & Japanese.



NAME: G. Knopf

JOB: Professor of Biomedical Science

ADDRESS: Eagle, Idaho

OTHER INFORMATION: High school dropout but ultimately got a PhD in physical chemistry active in research in stem cell biology, diabetes, and blood vessel disease.



NAME: E. Sky

JOB: App developer for smartphones

ADDRESS: Franklin, Georgia

OTHER INFORMATION: writes articles about video games for computer magazines and science fiction novels.


Texte 1

Le document

Il comprend deux extraits de sites Internet. Le premier site,, pour Mother Nature Network (« le Réseau de Mère Nature »), propose diverses informations sur l’écologie, la santé et l’environnement. Il renvoie à un second (, à partir de Jump here to learn more and apply!) qui appartient aux studios Disney.

Pour en savoir plus :

Résumé du texte

Pour la sortie du film Thor 2, un concours est organisé à destination des jeunes filles afin de les orienter vers des carrières scientifiques. Les candidates doivent interviewer une professionnelle dans un des domaines suivants : science, technologie, ingénierie ou mathématiques, puis réaliser une vidéo sur cette interview. Le prix : un voyage à Los Angeles pour assister à l’avant-première du film.

Vocabulaire utile à la compréhension

A contest, l. 3 (un concours)  to aim to, l. 5 (avoir pour but de)  to empower, l. 5, (donner la possibilité de)  a field, l. 18 (un domaine)  to follow in someone’s footsteps, l. 21 (suivre les traces de qqn)  available, l. 34 (disponible)  premiere screening, l. 35-36 (l’avant-première d’un film).

Texte 2


Danien Boffey travaille à The Observer, hebdomadaire britannique qui paraît le dimanche. Créé en 1791, c’est le plus ancien journal du dimanche et il appartient au même groupe de presse que le Guardian.

Pour en savoir plus :

Résumé du texte

Interviewé dans the Observer, Brian Cox, universitaire ayant fait des émissions de vulgarisation scientifique qui ont fait de lui une des vedettes de la BBC, estime, chiffres à l’appui, que la télévision joue un rôle majeur dans la popularisation de l’enseignement de la science.

Vocabulaire utile à la compréhension

Intricacy, l. 2 (complexité)  achievement, l. 5 (prouesse)  ubiquitous, l. 18 (omniprésent)  an upward trend, l. 10 (une tendance à la hausse)  to air, l. 13 (diffuser)  attainment, l. 18 (les résultats)  an upswing, l. 23 (une amélioration)  to apply to, l. 24, (faire une demande d’inscription)  to pitch, l. 31 (tenter de vendre).

Les points de convergence

Les deux articles montrent le rôle des médias et de célébrités dans la promotion des études et des métiers scientifiques : auprès des jeunes filles (premier texte), via un concours  auprès des jeunes des deux sexes (second texte), grâce à des émissions de vulgarisation.

Le sujet d’expression 1

Pistes de recherche

Vous pouvez naturellement expliquer le principe de l’émission que vous avez choisie, en raconter le déroulement… Mais vous devez aussi argumenter sur les raisons qui en font selon vous une bonne émission – le mot exact est : inspiring, qui signifie à la fois « passionnant » et « source d’inspiration », donc qui peut donner envie de faire la même chose.

Vocabulaire utile

A program, a broadcast (une émission)  to broadcast, to air (diffuser)  a TV presenter (un présentateur télé).

Le sujet d’expression 2

Pistes de recherche

Choisissez un des profils proposés en fonction de ce que vous avez vu au cours de l’année, afin de viser à réemployer un maximum de lexique. Vous veillerez particulièrement à bien formuler vos phrases interrogatives (avec un auxiliaire après le pronom interrogatif !). Hormis le factuel, qui est donné dans l’énoncé, vous pouvez extrapoler un peu en demandant par exemple ce qui l’a conduit à travailler dans ce domaine, ce qu’il aimerait rechercher, etc.

Vocabulaire utile

To design (concevoir)  rocket (fusée)  engine (moteur)  to dream of + V -ing (rêver de).



Both texts

Famous people promoting science.

Text 1

11. Thor: a film. 2. Ultimate Mentor Adventure: a competition.

3. Natalie Portman: an actress. 4. Jane Foster: a scientist in a film.

2 You have to be a girl, aged 14 or more, in grades 9-12. (l. 5)

31. a form. 2. video(/document) – interview – woman - STEM

4 The winner travels to Los Angeles, California, (l. 31-32) and participates in the premiere screening of the Ultimate Mentor Adventure documentary (l. 35-36).

Text 2

1 Name : Brian Cox

Age : 45

Place of study : Manchester University

Jobs : he was part of a band (D:Ream) in the 1990s. He was a BBC presenter (for science programmes). He is a University Professor.

21. 1990s – b. 2. 2010 – d. 3. 2010 – e. 4. 2012 – a. 5. 2012 – c.

31. L. 21-22 : “A public service broadcaster in my view is part of the education system.”

2. L. 30-31 : “The success of the programmes in 2010 had also made it easier than ever to pitch science to channel controllers.”

4 Useful

Both texts

1. L. 10 (text 1) : “I’m here to tell you about a life-changing opportunity for girls like you.”

2. L. 21-22 (text 2) : “A public service broadcaster in my view is part of the education system, as it does change behaviour.”/L. 14 : “… had had a major impact.”



Un peu de vocabulaire

off the beaten track: hors des sentiers battus.

2 Guidelines

Me : “Roberto Rodriguez, can you tell us what your job consists in, please ”

R. Rodriguez : “Of course! I’m an Aerospace Engineer. I design rocket engines, it’s what I have always dreamt of doing, although I know it’s off the beaten track.”

Me : “You mean, you’ve always dreamt of designing space engines ”

R. Rodriguez : “Oh yes! I remember when I was 11, our teacher organised a school trip to Houston, to visit the Space Center. It was fantastic!”

Me : “So where did you study to become an aerospace engineer ”

R. Rodriguez : “I had no choice but to go to the International Space University in Strasbourg – that’s why I speak French fluently now, although it is of no real help for my job, as I live and work in Phoenix in Arizona. Of course, I’d always dreamt of going into space myself, but unfortunately I know I’m not fit enough…”

Me : “Well, thank you Roberto, it was really interesting, and inspiring!”