STEM in 30


Experience STEM in 30 on demand in your classroom with our extensive archive of episodes. Each archived episode includes a complete list of educator resources and materials.

Apollo Schmitt on Moon

Moon Rocks
Originally Presented: Wednesday, May 25

This episode explores Moon rocks and what they can tell us not only about the Moon but also about our own planet. 

Paul E. Garber with Target Kite

Originally Presented: Wednesday, April 20

This episode explores kites and their importance to aviation history. 

Curiosity Self-Portrait at 'Mojave'

Mars Rovers
Originally Presented: Wednesday, March 30

This episode explores the construction of the Mars rovers and the science that is being done 140 million miles away on the Red Planet. 

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Originally Presented: Wednesday, March 16

This episode features the SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and explores why it was so important for reconnaissance.

Tuskegee Airmen Bomber Crew

WWII and Tuskegee Airmen
Originally Presented: Wednesday, February 24

This episode explores the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots in the United States armed forces, and how World War II changed aviation history. 

The Wright Cycle Co.

Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Process of Invention
Originally Presented: Thursday, December 17

Before they built airplanes, the Wright brothers built bicycles. This episode explores how engineers throughout history and today have transferred technology from one field to another. 

Scott Kelly

ISS: 15 Years of Continuous Human Presence
Originally Presented: Wednesday, November 18

In the lifetime of today’s middle school students, there hasn’t been a day without a human presence onboard the International Space Station (ISS). This episode celebrates the 15th anniversary of continuous occupation of the space station.

Olympus Mons, Mars

Originally Presented: Wednesday, October 21

Next Generation Science Standards:
Earth’s Place in the Universe [MS-ESS1]

This episode investigates the plans to send humans to Mars and the ongoing research into water and the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Asteroid Redirect Vehicle Landing

Asteroid Redirect Mission
Originally Presented: Wednesday, September 23

NASA is planning a mission to capture a piece of an asteroid to be studied by NASA scientists and astronauts. This episode explores asteroids, what we can learn from capturing one, and the technology needed to accomplish such a mission.

Eddie Rickenbacker's Nieuport 28

WWI: How History Shaped Technology
Originally Presented: Wednesday, April 8

Next Generation Science Standards:
Engineering Design [MS-ETS1]

Because of the events of WWI, airplane technology developed at an incredible rate. In this episode, we look at how airplanes changed in a short time frame, how other technology advanced, and how airplanes were used throughout WWI.