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Stuntman Steve Wolf to Ignite Interest with ‘Science in the Movies' Presentation

George Watson

October 4, 2016

Steve Wolf

The stuntman’s secrets behind movie stunts and special effects will teach science and safety to thousands of students from across the South Plains.

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The Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering will host thousands of third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from across the South Plains, who will experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through the eyes of movie stuntman Steve Wolf.

Wolf, a stunt and special effects coordinator for such blockbuster movies as "Cast Away," "The Firm," "The Client" and "The Jungle Book," will present his show "Science in the Movies" on Friday (Oct. 7) at the Lubbock City Bank Auditorium. Wolf will do shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Wolf appears regularly on science shows for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E and Bravo. For 27 years he's designed, engineered and performed stunts and special effects for feature films and television shows, including "America's Most Wanted," "All My Children," "Crocodile Dundee II" and many more.

Setting his hand on fire, exploding flower pots and dangling school principals in the air are all part of Wolf's show, which brings movie stunts into venues across the country.

"Kids often don't remember their science lessons in school, but can recite every line from their favorite movies," Wolf says. "When we show kids the secrets of how movie stunts are done, learning science becomes as fun and memorable as any action movie."

During a vivid one-hour glimpse into movie magic, Wolf reveals how simple science is used to create the spectacular feats seen in movies as he performs six stunts and effects that teach more than 100 essential science and safety concepts.

The "Science in the Movies" show gets students excited about science and gives them clear and memorable examples of key science concepts in action.

With every stunt Wolf emphasizes health and safety, including seat belts; home fire safety planning; stop, drop and roll; anti-smoking; lightning safety; and healthful eating. He also shows students that violence in movies is really just science in a different form – an explosion is nothing more than the interplay of circuits, pressure and force.

"Action entertainment is a proven way to get and hold kids' attention," Wolf said. "We're using that attention to teach the basics of physics, chemistry, mathematics, mechanics, heat, electronics, engineering and computers."

Sponsors of the event include the Whitacre College of Engineering, the College of Education; the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement; the Office of the Provost and the Office of the President.

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