Game of Thrones Science: Sword Making and Valyrian Steel

Can mere mortals make valyrian steel without using magic? Game of Thrones gurus examine the properties of this mythical metal with a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. The narrator discusses the properties of the alloy and how those properties are achieved through modern metallurgy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Spice up a Properties of Metals lesson with the resource
  • Ask GoT superfans in your class to come up with a list of other magical materials featured in the series, then research ways to make them
Classroom Considerations

  • Lead a quick discussion about how people make alloys before watching the video
Pros

  • The resource provides great explanations of the steel-making process
  • Clips from the series add entertainment value to the video
Cons

  • None
Common Core