Monday, February 27, 2017

Star Wars



This page is for all those in my classes who enjoy the Star Wars movies and wonder why there are Star Wars items in my classroom.

If you walked into my classroom, you will notice that I have a display case full of R2D2s, the robot from the Star Wars movies. Star Wars vehicles are hanging from my ceiling and Star Wars artwork is on my walls.  You may wonder why I have these in my room.

When I started teaching, the first of the Star Wars prequels, "The Phantom Menace", was about to be released in the theaters.  There was great anticipation and the movie was heavily promoted.  I decided to tap into this enthusiam by using Stars Wars as my "schtick" or gimmick in my classroom.  I started by obtaining collectible items from garage sales and online auctions and using them to decorate my room.  Over the years, students have given me things and I have occassionally added a few more items.

To further the Star Wars theme in my room, I became, "in spirit", my students Jedi master, to their padawan learners.  At the end of the school year, my students would then graduate to Jedis by building their own lightsabers.  The students really enjoyed doing this after all the state testing was completed and there was some down time.  I did this for a couple of years until there was a lack of tools to build the lightsabers and the cost of materials became too great.

Now years later, I still have these items in my room and they make it more interesting and fun.  I still occassionally bring in my voice activated R2D2 to watch over during a test and my plasma lightsaber that I built to show interested students.  I will post pictures as time permits. 



Here is a list of the Star Wars Movies in chronological order of release.

Click on movie for more information.  

  1. 1977: Episode IV: A New Hope
  2. 1980: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  3. 1983: Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
  4. 1999: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  5. 2002: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
  6. 2005: Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
  7. 2008: Star Wars The Clone Wars (Animated Movie) 

Here is a list of Star Wars on Television

Besides the theatrical releases, there were shows released specifically for television.  Click on the show title for more information.

  1. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978).  The infamous special that was so bad that George Lucas has banned it from every being shown.
  2. The Ewok Adventure (1984). A made for televsion movie.
  3. Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985).  A second made for televsion movie.
  4. Star Wars: Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour (1985-1986).  A televsion animated series with two separate half hour series in one hour.
  5. Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003-2005).  An animated mirco series of 3 minute and 12 minute shorts which aired on the Cartoon Netwoork.
  6. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2013).  A 3D CGI animated series currently being aired on the Cartoon Network
  7. Star Wars live action TV series .  Planned to be released between 2010 and 2012. R2D2 xwings

Shortly after the first Star Wars movie was released, Meco Monardo remixed the Star Wars theme into a disco tune, the music fad at the time.  Click here to listen to the remix.

x-wing R2D2 y-wing

Star Wars Website


If you are a big Star Wars fan, go to the class trivia page and see if you can answer the trivia questions on Star Wars.R2D2

The unofficial national Star Wars day is May 4th.  May the fourth be with you.

R2-D2 Makes A Cameo In The Movie Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

The scene is near the end of the film when the mothership rises in front of the character Jillian.  If you look carefully, on the underside of the mothership, fixed upside down, is R2-D2.

R2-D2 in Close Encounters of the Third Kind 

R2-D2 Makes A Cameo Appearance In JJ Abram's Star Trek Movie

Before the Star Trek Movie directed by JJ Abrams was released, it was rumored that Abrams snuck R2-D2 somewhere in the movie.  Many returned to see the movie several times to try to see if they could spot R2.  Well,  here is the scene where can see the intrepid droid.  He is on screen for less than a second.  Look carefully under the arrow.

R2-D2 in Star Trek Movie

Here is a higher resolution of the image.

High Resolution of R2-D2 In Star Trek Movie 

R2-D2 Makes A Cameo Appearance In Transformers 2 Movie


It was leaked by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) that R2-D2 could be found in the Transformers 2 movie.  Well here is the scene.  R2 appears 2 hours 17 minutes and 52 seconds in the movie, during the merge of Jetfire's parts to Optimus Prime.

R2-D2 in Transformers 2 Movie

Here is another shot from the same scene.

R2-D2 in Transformers 2 Movie


The Images of R2-D2 And C3-PO Can Be Found In The Movie Raiders of The Lost Ark

Here is the scene where you can see the two droids done as hierglyphics on the pillar.

R2-D2 and C3-P0 in Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark

Here are the two droids again in a scene carved on the wall of the Well of Souls.

R2-D2 and C3-P0 Hierglyphic

R2-D2 Makes A Cameo Appearance In Movie Goonies

Here is R2-D2 hidden on the deck of the ship "The Inferno" in the movie Goonies.

R2-D2 Makes Another Cameo Appearance In JJ Abram's Second Star Trek Movie - Into Darkness


College Students Turn Observatory Into R2-D2

Students at Minnesota's Carleton College on June 2, 2010, turned the school's Goodsell Observatory into a giant R2-D2.  The prank did not deface the building.  The effect was achieved by pasting and hanging painted panels.  The dome also moved back and forth like R2's head and there were sound effects to go along with the motion.

Observatory as R2-D2

Apparently this wasn't the first time it was done.  When the movie The Phantom Menace was about to hit the theaters, a group of MIT students did the same thing to the Great Dome on their campus but not as effective.


October 23, 2012

Disney announces that it has acquired Lucas Films for upwards of $4 billion which included exclusive rights to the Star Wars franchise. Besides the rights to the existing films, Disney plans to create an entirely new Star Wars Trilogy which will extend the story line of the original three films. The seventh film is set for release in 2015.


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Episode 4-A New Hope
Episode 5-The Empire Strikes Back
Episode 6-The Return of the Jedi
Episode 1-The Phantom Menace
Episode 2-The Attack of the Clones
Episode 3-The Revenge of the Sith
The Clone Wars
Star Wars Holiday Special
Star Wars: Ewok Adventure
Star Wars: Battle for Endor
Star Wars: Ewok and Droids Adventure Hour
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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