Star Trek at 50: Science Fiction to Science Fact

September 14, 2016 | 11:00am - 11:30am
Presented Online

The Museum's STEM in 30 team explore the Star Trek universe and how many of the ideas introduced by the show went from science fiction to science reality.

50 years ago this September, one of the most popular shows in the history of television premiered. Star Trek has inspired generations of scientists, astronauts, and engineers, and introduced many technologies that have gone from science fiction to science reality. Boldly go on a voyage with STEM in 30 as we explore the Star Trek universe, including the studio model of the starship Enterprise on display in our Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.  

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation.

Additional Teacher Resources

Next Generation Science Standards

MS-PS1-3 Matter and its Interactions
Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

MS-PS4-3 Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer 
Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.

MS-ESS1-3 Earth's Place in the Universe 
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.

MS-PS1-1 Matter and its Interactions
Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.


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