STEM Heroes and Heroines of Star Wars at Celebration Europe

Rey_bypasses_the_compressorIf you think about it, many of our favorite Star Wars characters have a scientific background or technological skills. And the Empire would have been nowhere without the engineering feats of Star Destroyers and superweapons galore. FANgirl’s Tricia Barr proposed a panel to discuss how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) ties into the Star Wars universe and how Star Wars in turn inspires careers and hobbies with a STEM slant.

The panelists are a fantastic group, including Lucasfilm’s Hannah Gillis, who produced ILMxLAB’s video teaser, which you can check out below. The ILMxLab is bringing their innovative virtual reality experiment, Trials on Tatooine, to Celebration Europe. Diana Williams from the Lucasfilm Story Group will moderate the panel.

STEM Heroes and Heroines of Star Wars

July 15, 2016, 12:00 – 13:00

Star Wars Fan & Collectors’ Stage (Door S11)

The STEM movement is a global initiative to increase and diversify interest in critical areas of study: science, technology, engineering, and math. From droid-building Anakin Skywalker and pilot/mechanic Han Solo to artistic demolitionist Sabine Wren and scavenger Rey, Star Wars is filled with STEM heroes and heroines. We will explore how Star Wars characters and technology can inspire STEM careers and hobbies in the next generation. Panelists Hannah Gillis, Cole Horton, James Floyd, and Kevin Beentjes.

Hall S22, with entrance through door S11



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to

3 thoughts on “STEM Heroes and Heroines of Star Wars at Celebration Europe

  • July 3, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    This is a brilliant idea. In the upcoming 2016-2017 school year I am building Star Wars into every assignment in my graphic arts class. We’re definitely proponents of STEM at my school, or that would probably be STEAM in our case.

    As an example, I’d be happy to share principles and elements of design lesson plan

    • July 21, 2016 at 8:20 am

      I’m a CDT teacher in Midlothian, Scotland. I was at the Star Wars celebration too, but missed the STEM audience. It would be brilliant if you could share your ideas!!


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