To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, STEM in 30 will take a look at how the airplane contributed to the Allied victory over the Axis powers in World War II. In this episode, we will feature collections and stories from the World War II Museum in New Orleans and will showcase students’ interviews with veterans. The program will offer tips and resources on how your students can conduct their own interviews with the veterans in their lives.

Gather your questions and tune in for a live chat about the episode at our Mission Debrief on May 7 at 1 pm EDT.

Standards for Educators:

Common Core

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.10: By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


  • MS-ETS1-1 Engineering Design: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

For more educational resources on WWII be sure to check out the STEM in 30 collection on Smithsonian Learning Lab

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