Discover STEM in 30

STEM in 30 is an Emmy-nominated program for middle school students produced by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. These 30 minute episodes are great for classroom use. New episodes are released every month, featuring hands-on activities, explanations of aviation and space topics aligned with national standards, and interviews with experts from the Museum and beyond.

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Most Recent Episode: The Drake Equation and the Search for Extraterrestrials

Frank Drake developed a method to account for the likelihood of other intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy. Learn about the Drake Equation and the science behind it in this student-friendly episode of STEM in 30.

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The upcoming episodes of STEM in 30 can be found below, or visit the Archive to catch up on past episodes from previous seasons.

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Apollo: Then and Now Presented Online
Available starting December 8, 2022

In honor of the mission's 50th anniversary, this episode of STEM in 30 will look at the science, legacy, and technologies that culminated in this final Apollo mission and how these Moon missions laid the groundwork for future lunar missions.

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Test Pilots: Faster, Higher, Farther Presented Online
Available starting October 13, 2022

Test pilots have allowed us to break the speed of sound, pioneered blind flying, and pushed us to the edge of space. Each of these advancements has made air travel safer and more efficient. Join the STEM in 30 team as they take you inside the United States Naval Test Pilot School!

The Drake Equation and the Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations Presented Online
Available starting September 8, 2022

Are we alone in the universe? Frank Drake developed a method to account for the likelihood of other intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy. Learn about the Drake Equation and the science behind it in this student-friendly episode of STEM in 30.  

Unexpected Careers in Aerospace Presented Online
Available starting May 5, 2022

No matter what your interests, there is a job for you in the aerospace industry. Follow along as we look at the diverse jobs you could one day have.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Science and Flight of the Wizard of Oz Presented Online
Available starting April 7, 2022

Explore some of the more fanciful parts of the popular story and dive deep into tornadoes, flying witches, hot air balloons and — what about those flying monkeys?

Searching for Amelia Presented Online
Available starting March 3, 2022

Learn about Amelia Earhart's achievements, the continuing mystery of her disappearance, and the women who have been inspired by her.