Sujet national, juin 2014, séries technologiques, LV1

Énoncé

Document A
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Thor actress teams with Marvel on new contest to connect girls with the most successful women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
« To celebrate the new Thor sequel coming out in November 2013, Marvel and Natalie Portman have partnered on a fantastic initiative/contest designed to inspire young girls to consider future careers in science. Titled the "Ultimate Mentor Adventure", the project aims to "empower girls ages 14 and up in grades 9-12 to embark on a journey that will allow them to explore their potential in the world of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics." Portman, who plays astrophysicist Jane Foster in the Thor films, says in a short video that she loves science. "Today, I'm here to tell you about a life-changing opportunity for girls like you. Marvel has created a program that will give you a chance to explore science, meet amazing scientists and mentors, and even get some time in front of the camera yourself." Entries will be accepted through Oct. 20.
Jump here to learn more and apply!  »

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« TO ENTER:
STEP 1: Download, Complete, and Submit Your Form.
STEP 2: Go On Your Own Hometown Mentor Adventure!
Interview a successful woman working in a STEM field in your hometown. This is your chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how they got where they are today, and how you might follow in their footsteps.
STEP 3: Create a Video About Yourself.
Next, create a 5-minutes, unedited video of yourself so that we can learn a little about you! You may use a Smartphone, computer, tablet, or a camera to make your video. Tell us about your interview. Whom did you meet? What does she do? How is her career related to STEM? What inspired you?
STEP 4: Upload your video.
Finalists of MARVEL's THOR: The Dark World: ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE will be notified by Thursday, October 24, 2013. Each winner and one legal guardian will travel to Los Angeles, California on or about Sunday, November 3, 2013 and will return home on or about Saturday, November 9, 2013 (the "Trip"). All winners must be available to travel to Los Angeles during this period and must be available to participate in the premiere screening of the MARVEL's THOR: The Dark World ULTIMATE MENTOR ADVENTURE documentary short at 4:20 PM on November 8, 2013.
Questions? Click Here. »
Adapted from: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/ and http://dep.disney.go.com, Wed, Oct 02 2013 at 12:42 PM.

Document B
Brian Cox says TV shows inspire a new generation of children to study science
« Presenter cites BBC series as a big factor in the popularity of biology and physics.
He conquered the pop charts with 1990s band D:Ream, explained the intricacies of gravity to a confused nation and even appeared in a magazine list of the sexiest men alive. Now Professor Brian Cox, one of the BBC's star turns, has laid claim to a new achievement: inspiring a generation of children to take up biology, chemistry and physics in school.
In an interview in the Observer Magazine, Cox –who has been a ubiquitous presence on the BBC in recent years– says he believes there can be little doubt that science on television has been a factor in an upward trend in the number of children taking up the subjects at GCSE and A-levels(1). Cox said he believed that the series of science programmes, including his Wonders of the Solar System, aired during the BBC's year of science in 2010, had had a major impact.
In 2012, there was a 36.1% increase in the number of students doing GCSE science exams, compared with the previous year. Biology and chemistry were two of the three A-level subjects, including ICT(2), where attainment rates at A*/A(3) rose in 2012. Cox, 45, who is currently filming a new show about man's growing understanding of the universe, said: "It's kind of obvious when you think about it. A public service broadcaster in my view is part of the education system, as it does change behaviour."
"I think the year of science did that. There has been an upswing in the number of students applying to university to do scientific subjects. It's difficult to say why, as there are many factors. It's important to say that. But one of the factors is the popularity of science on television."
The presenter and academic, a graduate of Manchester University who is regarded by many as the BBC's successor to David Attenborough, said the success of the programmes in 2010 had also made it easier than ever to pitch science to channel controllers. »
By Daniel Boffey (Policy Editor), in The Observer, 05.05.13.

I. Compréhension écrite
Questions on document A and document B
1. 
Choose the right answer.
Both documents are about :
a) girls choosing scientific studies.
b) famous people promoting science.
c) criticising the entertainment industry.
Questions on document A
2. 
Match each element with the corresponding definition from the following list. Some definitions will not be used.
a scientist in a film – a media corporation – a competition – a film – a science laboratory – an actress – a film director
a) Thor;
b) Ultimate Mentor Adventure;
c) Natalie Portman;
d) Jane Foster.
Il s'agit d'associer chaque élément de a) à d) à une des définitions dans la liste.
3. 
The people who enter the competition:
a) Who are they? Pick out the three necessary conditions to enter the competition.
b) 
What do they have to do? Complete the following summary with words from document A (one blank = one word).
To participate, the applicants must:
  • fill in and send a ...... on-line ;
  • make a ...... which should contain information about the ...... they did with a famous ...... who works in the domain of ...... .
Les deux parties de la question portent sur les participants à la compétition. En a), vous devez lister les trois conditions qu'il faut remplir pour participer. En b), il faut compléter les blancs pour expliquer ce que les candidats doivent faire (chaque blanc correspond à un mot).
4. 
What is the prize of the competition? (2 elements)
Vous devez donner les deux éléments qui constituent le prix attribué au vainqueur.
Questions on document B
5. 
Copy the following table onto your paper and complete it.
Name
Brian Cox
Age

Place of study

Jobs in three different domains


6. 
Match and write out the appropriate dates with the sentences in the list below.
1990s
British pupils got better results in science exams.
2010
Brian Cox and his group of musicians had a hit.
2010
More pupils took science degrees.
2012
Brian Cox's first show about our universe was broadcast.
2012
The national TV channel dedicated this year to science.

On vous demande d'associer chaque date à la phrase qui y correspond.
7. 
Pick out one sentence in the text for each statement showing that
a) According to Brian Cox, TV has an obligation to help people to learn.
b) Brian Cox thinks there will be more science on TV in the future.
Vous devez citer une phrase du texte pour illustrer chaque affirmation.
8. 
Complete the sentence by using one of the following adjectives.
complicated – useful – unprofitable – elitist
As a conclusion, we can say that science programmes are ...... .
Il faut compléter la phrase avec l'adjectif le plus approprié.
Questions on documents A and B
9. 
The following sentences are right. Justify by quoting the text.
a) Natalie Portman thinks her action can transform girls'destinies (document A).
b) Brian Cox thinks the media can transform the way people think and react (document B).
Vous devez citer une phrase du texte pour illustrer chaque affirmation.
II. Expression écrite
Tous les candidats traiteront au choix un des deux sujets suivants.
1. 
Write about a television programme that you find particularly inspiring. Choose any domain: arts, sports, travel, science, technology, cooking, etc. (150 mots minimum)
Il s'agit de décrire une émission de télévision que vous appréciez particulièrement.
2. 
Here are the profiles of three successful scientists. You have interviewed one of them. Write out the interview. (150 mots minimum)
Name
R. Rodriguez
G. Knopf
E. Sky
Job
Aerospace Engineer
Professor of Biomedical Science
App developer for smartphones
Address
Phoenix, Arizona
Eagle, Idaho
Franklin, Georgia
Other information
took a trip to Space Center in Houston at the age of 11; 2 years at International Space University in Strasbourg; fluent in French & Japanese.
High school dropout but ultimately got a PhD in physical chemistry; active in research in stem cell biology, diabetes, and blood vessel disease.
writes articles about video games for computer magazines and science fiction novels.

Il s'agit d'imaginer l'entretien que vous menez avec un des personnages dans le tableau en vous aidant des informations données. Il faut le présenter sous forme de dialogue. Vous posez les questions et l'interviewé y répond.
N'oubliez pas l'ordre des mots dans les questions : auxiliaire + sujet + verbe.
(1)GCSE and A-levels : secondary school exams in the United Kingdom.
(2)ICT : Information and Communication Technology.
(3)A*/A : the best possible marks/grades for exams.

Corrigé

I. Compréhension écrite
Questions on document A and document B
1. 
Both documents are about :
b) famous people promoting science.
Questions on document A
2. 
a) Thor is a film.
b) Ultimate Mentor Adventure is a competition.
c) Natalie Portman is an actress.
d) Jane Foster is a scientist in a film.
3. 
a) To enter the competition, you have to be a girl, age 14 and up, in grades 9 to 12.
b) To participate, the applicants must:
  • fill in and send a form on-line ;
  • make a video which should contain information about the interview they did with a famous woman who works in the domain of STEM/ science/ technology.
4. The prizes of the competition are a trip to Los Angeles and the chance to participate in the premiere screening of Thor.
Questions on document B
5. 
Name
Brian Cox
Age
45
Place of study
Manchester University
Jobs in three different domains
musician/band member; professor/academic; TV presenter

6. 
1990s
Brian Cox and his group of musicians had a hit.
2010
The national TV channel dedicated this year to science.
2010
Brian Cox's first show about our universe was broadcast.
2012
More pupils took science degrees.
2012
British pupils got better results in science exams.

7. 
a) According to Brian Cox, TV has an obligation to help people to learn.
I quote: "a public service broadcaster in my view is part of the education system." « A public service… »
b) Brian Cox thinks there will be more science on TV in the future.
I quote: "easier than ever to pitch science to channel controllers." « easier than ever… »
8. As a conclusion, we can say that science programmes are useful.
Questions on documents A and B
9. 
a) Natalie Portman thinks her action can transform girls'destinies (document A).
I quote: "I'm here to tell you about a life-changing opportunity for girls like you." « I'm here to… »
b) Brian Cox thinks the media can transform the way people think and react (document B).
I quote: "the series of science programmes […] had had a major impact" « the series of… », "it does change behaviour." « it does change… »
II. Expression écrite
1. My favourite TV programme is Top Chef. When the programme first started, I wasn't really interested, as I didn't find cookery very inspiring. (Yes, you've guessed. I don't do the cooking at home! At least, I didn't before I started watching this programme.)
The concept behind Top Chef is similar to a great many other reality shows: every week, the participants have a new challenge, and at the end of the programme a jury announces which participants must leave the programme, so that in the end, the number of participants is just two for the grand finale.
Like other reality shows, you get to know the personality of the different participants and you start to indulge in analyzing their skills and rating their chances to reach the final stage. At the same time, you learn all about cooking and the different techniques that make it possible to create fantastic dishes even at home.
As I said, before I started watching Top Chef, I never even considered cooking. Now, I have competitions with my Mum to see who can produce the best meals –it's great fun!
2. Me: Hi! Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me. To start with, can you introduce yourself.
Rodriguez: Thank you for wanting to talk to me! My name is Roberto Rodriguez, and I'm an Aerospace Engineer.
Me: Are you Mexican? Your name sounds Spanish!
Rodriguez: No, I'm American. I come from Phoenix Arizona.
Me: Did you always want to work in the space industry?
Rodriguez: When I was really little, I wanted to be a firefighter like all little boys, but when I was 11, I went on a school trip to the Space Center at Houston, and that really inspired me to want to work in that domain.
Me: So have you done all your training in the United States?
Rodriguez: No, funnily enough, I got to do a two year university course in Strasbourg at the International Space University.
Me: So, can you speak French then?
Rodriguez: Yes, I can in fact. I speak both fluent French and Japanese!
Me: Wow! I'm impressed!