WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Comics, action figures and cartoons. They've all become blockbuster films - but what else do they have in common?
Well, they're all used by one teacher to teach science at Parkland High School in Winston-Salem.
Without any context, walking into Matt Brady's classroom might make you think his lessons are only about superheroes…Or something like that.
But when you, look a little closer, plug and chug the lab weights and diagrams into the formula could help you solve the problem.
Mr. Brady is that science teacher.
His 10-year career at Parkland is marked by crossing over pop culture into his classes.
He and his wife Shari, also a science teacher at the high school, started thescienceof.org as "a place for popular culture to act as a springboard to science education, discussion and information."
"It's really about using what we all understand or kind of what we all enjoy or like to build a relationship with the students," Brady said in an interview.
And his students do enjoy it, according to senior Yazud Brito-Milian.
"You can tell that he's very passionate about like bringing these two worlds together in a way that's like really interesting to his students," she explained.
Spend some time in one of his classes and you'll realize, there's no denying Brady is a comics aficionado.
His new venture? A book called the Science of Rick and Morty, based on the highly acclaimed Adult Swim cartoon show.
"What I wanted to do with this book is find the bits of real science that are used in there and explain how that real science works," Brady says. "I did that for 360 pages!"
Don't get lost in his many tricks of the trade, Brady's main mission will always be making sure his students thrive.
"These kids, once you build that relationship with them, once they see that you have their best interest at heart, they will come in every single day to class, they will work for you, they will enjoy what they do," he said. "In many cases, they’ll come back and tell you, 'This was really something I enjoyed while I was here."
Brady's book will first be available in the United Kingdom in May and then in the United States on October 1st.