Societies and cultures around the world have been impacted by flight and space exploration. This impact ranges widely from being able to fly across the country in mere hours to standing in line to see the latest science fiction blockbuster film. People have also used aviation and space exploration as an avenue for change—calling out injustices in their society and fighting for equality—on land and above.

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    STEM in 30: World War One: How the Great War Still Influences Today

    Learn about the WWI time period and aircraft during this episode of STEM in 30.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJgkbffGQd8 Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Society and Culture, World War I

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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Draw Your Own Comic Strip

    Create your own comic strip adventure story

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    Pilot Pals Story Time: Air Racers

    In this episode of our Pilot Pals story time series; we share the story of air racers and Jimmy Doolittle.

    https://youtu.be/Br6jjf2_Q5U Grade PK, Grade 1, Grade K, Grade 2 Aviation, Records and Firsts, Society and Culture

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    Pilot Pals Story Time: Cornelius Coffey

    In this episode of our Pilot Pals story time series; we share the story of pioneering African American aviator Cornelius Coffey.

    https://youtu.be/JhOTw-LRNAc Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, African American or Black people, Aviation, Records and Firsts, Society and Culture

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    STEM in 30: Fly Girls: Women in Aerospace

    Join STEM in 30 and the first private female space explorer; Anousheh Ansari; as we take a look at the contributions of early women aviators; female astronauts and other pioneering women.

    https://youtu.be/p12jUNsx5e0 Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Women, Society and Culture, Aviation, Human spaceflight

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    STEM in 30: Is it Magic or is it Math? Math in the Aerospace Industry

    Tune in to STEM in 30 to learn all about real world applications of Math; and learn a little magic along the way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jpOB0ollaQ Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Society and Culture

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