The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is developing nine STEM in 30, live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts which will be made available to teachers and students in grades 5-8 classrooms across the country. The primary goal of this program is to increase interest and engagement in STEM for students. STEM in 30 hopes to achieve:
– Increased interest in STEM and STEM careers
– Increased understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics
– Increased awareness and importance of current and future human space exploration
This series of webcasts from the National Air and Space Museum and partner sites focus on STEM subjects that integrate all four content areas. The webcasts will feature NASA and NASM curators, scientists, and educators exploring STEM subjects using museum and NASA collections, galleries, and activities. During the 30-minute broadcasts, students will engage with museum experts through experiments and activities, ask the experts questions, and answer interactive poll questions through the interactive ‘Cover It Live’ feature.
The webcast will be available live on the National Air and Space Museum website as well as NASA TV. After the live broadcasts, NASM will archive the webcasts in an interactive STEM in 30 Gallery.
Upcoming and archived topics include Space Junk, the Wright Brothers, Space Food, Living and Working in Space, and more.
Affiliates are encouraged to share this new resource with their school partners, host “viewing parties” in their own museums, or show the archived webcasts in their galleries or theaters at any time. If your organization decides to broadcast any of these webcasts, let us know!