The Martian

Janice Rideout

Science Educator, Robbinsdale Area Schools

The Martian— The Martian Survivability Equation

Though hailed as "scientifically correct," is The Martian a good blueprint for surviving on the Red Planet? Science Educator Janice Rideout explores the possibilities of Life on Mars with a fascinating equation.

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul Minneapolis, MN

Film Synopsis

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney, presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must use his wits, spirit, and scientific know-how to find a way to survive on the hostile planet.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian was nominated for three Golden Globes. 

About the Speaker

Janice Rideout teaches physical science, biology, and chemistry at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School. She has a BS in biology, and a microbiology degree from Michigan State University. She also earned a master's degree in education from Hamline University.