Quick name some famous spies! Who did you come up with? Jack Ryan? James Bond? Movie spies are fun and resourceful, but real life spies rely on a lot more than fancy gadgets and powerful informants. Real spies need as much information as they can get. In this episode we visit the CIA headquarters to discover how spies gather and interpret intelligence and the specialized planes, cameras and codes they need to do so. We also visit the International Spy Museum to put what we learn to the test.
Bees are important to the environment, but did you know they are also important for the aerospace industry? This episode is buzzing with bees as we discuss the flying insects and explore research being done on them. You will also see how the honeycomb structure is used in the aerospace
In this STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) inspired STEM in 30, we will look at some of the technological advances of World War I that solidified the airplane's legacy as a fighting machine. In conjunction with the Embassy of Belgium, we'll also dive deep into how the war affected the lives of children in an occupied country and how lace makers helped feed a nation. The episode will also look at present works of art by artist soldiers on display in the Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War exhibition.
April 26, 2017
A total solar eclipse will sweep across America on August 21, 2017. Tune in to STEM in 30 as we celebrate the Great American Eclipse live from Liberty, Missouri, which is on the Path of Totality. This means that the total solar eclipse will be viewable, weather permitting, and we’ll be there to show it as it happens. We will also be live from the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, answering FAQs about eclipses.
August 21, 2017
One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind, but in order to take those small steps, it took thousands of people from around the country to develop the tools and technology that got us to the Moon and back. In this episode of STEM in 30 learn about why we went to the Moon, what we accomplished, and what's next.
October 1, 2017
Many of the technologies used in NASCAR are the same as those used in space travel, and many of the forces that keep a plane in the air also keep a racecar on the road. Join us as we broadcast STEM in 30 live from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina and look at the crossover between these forces and technologies.
February 22, 2017
Since the first humans launched into space in 1961, there have been questions about how the human body would react to being beyond Earth's atmosphere. While most of the basic questions have been answered, many remain, and are the basis for continued research on the International Space Station. Finding answers to these questions is an important step toward sending humans to Mars. Join STEM in 30 as we explore this research and the impact of long-term space travel on the human body.
January 25, 2017
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.
September 14, 2016
Have you ever had a really great science fair project? Have you invented something? Have you had an idea that would be a great help to you or someone else? If so, you need to learn about patents. Patents help protect unique ideas, like the mousetrap. On this episode of STEM in 30, learn about patents, and how they are used.
September 20, 2017
If you've ever taken a long trip, you know that bringing your favorite things along will help get you through the journey. The same goes for astronauts in space. Music and the arts entertain them and give them a chance to break away from their demanding schedules. In this episode of STEM in 30, we'll dive into how music, art, and creature comforts helps astronauts cope with long-term space travel.
Novermber 1, 2017
How are we going to get astronauts to Mars and back safely? How many crew will be making this trip? And how big will this rocket have to be? We will answer these questions and many more as STEM in 30 looks at the Orion, a spacecraft built to take humans farther than they have ever gone before.
November 15, 2017
Did you know that the parts of airplanes today can be traced directly back to the Wright Flyer and the work of Orville and Wilbur Wright? Join STEM in 30 as we trace the family tree of the airplane from that first flight on December 17, 1903, to today.
December 13, 2017
Did you know that training for a spacewalk requires a 6.5 million gallon swimming pool, a team of divers, and a mock-up of the International Space Station? Astronauts have to train for a variety of different jobs they have to do in low Earth orbit. Once on the station, astronauts run science experiments (sometimes on themselves), fix toilets, and run the robotic arm. Do you think you have what takes to complete astronaut training? Find out on this STEM in 30.
February 28, 2018
Do you feel safe when you travel in a car or plane? A lot of engineering and science goes into making sure that the vehicles we use every day are safe and secure. Join STEM in 30 as we take a look at the science of safety.
March 14, 2018
In celebration of the anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's historic first flight in 1903, this fast-paced webcast will give students in sixth to eighth grades an introduction to the Wright brothers and the process of innovation. The program will use the Wright Flyer as a starting point to explore the concepts of flight.
December 17, 2014
Rocket thrusters, giant airbags, and a sky crane: these are just a few ways we have landed on other planets. This episode of STEM in 30 will explore the engineering behind these different techniques and what is in store for future missions.
October 26, 2016
Do you like being poked, prodded, and analyzed? If you said yes, then you may have a future as an astronaut. Astronauts don't just conduct scientific experiments, they are part of an experiment themselves. Learning about the human factors of spaceflight is an important element to a future trip to Mars. Join STEM in 30 as we explore the effects of space on the humans who travel there.
In this episode of STEM in 30, we will be joined by NASA astronaut Anna Fisher. Fisher has a Doctor of Medicine from UCLA and worked in several hospitals in the Los Angeles area prior to her selection as an astronaut. She will discuss her experience in the first class of astronauts to include women and her work with the robotic arm as well as her background in medicine and how NASA keeps up with the health of the astronaut corps.
November 16, 2016
Has anyone ever told you that you're full of hot air? How is hot air different from cooler air? This fast-paced webcast will look at how hot air balloons float and how a change in air pressure affects them.
March 18, 2015
"One small step for man." "Boldly go where no man has gone before." These iconic gender-specific phrases don't tell the entire story. Women have been and continue to be an important part of the aerospace industry, from the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, to human computer Katherine Johnson who helped send humans to the Moon, to Christina Koch, one of NASA's newest astronauts. In this episode of STEM in 30, we will explore the women who are helping pave the way to Mars. We will be joined by "Astronaut Abby," a 20-year-old college student who has set her sights on becoming an astronaut and the first person to step on the planet Mars. She's also the founder of the Mars Generation, a nonprofit dedicated to exciting young people about STEM education and space.
April 12, 2017
From using the naked eye to the Hubble Space Telescope, there are many different ways we can observe the universe. In this episode of STEM in 30, learn the science behind observing, and discover the equipment that allows us to see further and further out.
May 16, 2018
Before they built airplanes, the Wright brothers built bicycles. This episode of STEM in 30 will be broadcast live from inside the Wright brothers' bicycle shop at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. We'll take a look at their workshop and see how their fascination with solving the problem of human flight led to the invention of the airplane.
December 17, 2015
Balloons have a long and colorful history. After all, the first hot-air balloon passengers were a sheep, duck, and rooster who flew from France in 1783. Since then, balloons have been a mode of transportation, a military asset, and a source of entertainment for many. Join STEM in 30 as we come to you live from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, bringing you the history of balloons, the science behind hot-air and gas balloons, and the pageantry of the Fiesta.
October 5, 2016
Built of titanium, the SR-71 Blackbird is the world's fastest jet-propelled aircraft. The Blackbird's performance and operational achievements placed it at the pinnacle of aviation technology developments during the Cold War. In this episode of STEM in 30 we'll feature the SR-71 Blackbird on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and explore why it was so important for reconnaissance.
March 16, 2016
The birth of aeronautical engineering began in the Wright brothers' bike shop in Dayton, Ohio. The family tree of airplanes can be traced back to the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer. The principles of flight that got the Wrights into the air are the same today. Join STEM in 30 as we investigate the principles of flight and how the Wright Flyer made it into the air and into the history books.
December 14, 2016