STEM in 30

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STEM in 30
GenreScience Education
StarringBeth Wilson, Marty Kelsey
Country of origin United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes66
ProducersJon Boyette, Paul Griffith
EditorsRyan Shank (2018-), Devon Eifel (2019-21)
Camera setupmulti-camera
Running time30 min.
DistributorNational Air and Space Museum
Original networkNASA-TV
Original release2014 (2014)
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STEM in 30 is a non-commercial online science educational program for middle school students produced by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The show is hosted by science-educators Marty Kelsey and Beth Wilson. [1] The program is released on a monthly basis throughout the school year free through the museum's website, YouTube and social media as well as broadcast on NASA-TV. [2] Each episode is typically a half hour and features special guests and different science, math, engineering or technology topics. [3]


Since first broadcasting in 2014, the program has covered dozens of topics including the NASA's Apollo program, Tuskegee Airmen, astronaut training, the Wright brothers and the Orion program. [4] While the program is often based in the one of the two locations of the National Air and Space Museum, the show has also been filmed on location in New York City, Seattle, Boston, Detroit, Houston, in Hurricane Florence and on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The first four seasons of the show were broadcast live with a student audience. With its fifth season, STEM in 30 has switched its format to a pre-taped show along with a "Mission Debrief" a week later featuring a topic expert. The "Mission Debrief" is a live question and answer session about that month's topic.

In 2019, the first episode of season five, "Robotics: FIRST There Were People, Then There Were Machines," was nominated for a National Capital / Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award for Technology Program. The program has since received five regional Emmy nominations in total. [5]

List of episodes

Season 1 Episode List
EpisodeTitleSpecial Guests
1.1Vacuum Packed Space Food: It's What's for DinnerChef K
1.2Kites to Flight: Inventing with the Wright Brothers Tom D. Crouch [6]
1.3Lighter, Stronger, Better: CompositesDan Hagedorn
1.4Space Junk: Fast TrashDr. Cathy Lewis, Dr. Roger Thompson, Dr. Don Thomas, Dr. Andrew Johnston
1.5Oh You're Just Full of Hot Air: Hot Air Balloons and Air Pressure Tom D. Crouch, Vanessa Nagengast, Greta Glaser, Curt Westergard, Ron Broderick
1.6WWI: How History Shaped TechnologyDr. Peter Jakob, Dan Taylor, Dorothy Cochrane, Christopher Moore [7]
1.7Earth Day: Earthrise and Photography from SpaceDr. Jennifer Levasseur, Dr. Martin Collins, Dr. Andrew K Johnston
1.8Living and Working in SpaceDr. Piers Sellers, Paolo Nespoli, Dr. Jennifer Levasseur, Dr. Valerie Neal
Season 2 Episode List
EpisodeTitleSpecial Guests
2.1Time and NavigationRory McEvoy, Dr. Andrew K. Johnston, Roger Connor, Dr. Paul Ceruzzi [8] [9]
2.2Asteroid Redirect MissionDr. Michele Gates, Lindley N. Johnson, Randy Bresnik, Bo Naasz [10]
2.3MarsDr. John Grant, Dr. Matthew Shindell, Dr. Marshall Porterfield, Dr. Mary Cleave, Paolo Nespoli [11]
2.4ISS: 15 Years of Continuous Human PresenceDr. Cathy Lewis, Samantha Cristoforetti, Clay Anderson, Reid Wiseman, Terry Virts, Paolo Nespoli, Randy Bresnik [12]
2.5Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Process of InventionMatt Anderson [13]
2.6Milestones of Flight: The LindberghsDorothy Cochrane, Bob van der Linden, Malcolm Collum, Reeve Lindbergh [14]
2.7WWII and Tuskegee AirmenJeremy Kinney, Tom D. Crouch, Joe Murchison, Charles McGee [15]
2.8SR-71 BlackbirdBuz Carpenter, James David, Layne Karafantis, Stanley Seagle [16]
2.9Mars RoverJim Zimbelman, Kobie Boykins, Stanley Seagle [17] [18]
2.10Kites Tom D. Crouch, Amanda Malkin, Jon Burkhardt, James "Fletch" Fletcher, Dawn Hayworth, Scott Weider, Dave Ashworth, Paul LaMasters
2.11Copters, Choppers and the Phrog: The Science of Vertical FlightRoger Connor, Steve Bussman
2.12Moon RocksDr. Tom Watters, Pricilla Strain, Dr. Allan Needell, Lisa Young
Season 3 Episode List
EpisodeTitleSpecial Guests
3.1Star Trek at 50: Science Fiction to Science FactMargaret Weitekamp, Marc Okrand, Rod Roddenberry [19]
3.2A Sky Full of Color: Live from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Tom D. Crouch, Andy Richardson [20]
3.3Seven Minutes of Terror: The Engineering behind Landing on Other PlanetsIan Clark, Bill Siders, Paolo Nespoli, Timothy Kopra [21]
3.4Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science on Station Anna Lee Fisher, Brett McNish, Stephanie Wilson, Kjell Lindgren, Michael Collins, Timothy Kopra [22] [23]
3.5The Wright Stuff: Flying the Wright FlyerPeter Jakab, Keith Yoerg, Tom D. Crouch, Anna Lee Fisher, Barrington Irving, Timothy Kopra, Kobie Boykins, Eric Fanning, Christina Koch, Kjell Lindgren [24]
3.6The Biology of Long Term Space Flight Michael Barratt, Kjell Lindgren, Anna Lee Fisher [25]
3.7Taking the Fast Lane to Orbit: The Technology of Rockets and RacecarsKurt Romberg, Kevin Schlesier, Jacob Wallace, Rick Davis, Warren Lipford [26]
3.8The Women who are Paving the Way to Mars Abigail Harrison, Catherine Wiedman, Christina Koch, Anne McClain [27] [28]
3.9World War I: Legacy, Letters, and Belgian War LaceDirk Wouters, Katrin Wouters, Peter Jakab, Karen Thompson, Lora Vogt, Paul Broadhurst, Juliete Broadhurst, Alice Blom, Louis Blom [29]
Season 4 Episode List
EpisodeTitleSpecial Guests
4.1Solar Eclipse Special: Live From the Path of Totality Ivanka Trump, [30] Gary Lezak, Shauna Edson, Staci Lester, Geneviéve de Messiéres [31] [32]
4.2Building a Better Mousetrap and Inventing the Airplane: All About PatentsElizabeth Dougherty, Dr. Magaret Weitekamp, Tom D. Crouch, Dr. Cathly Lewis, RJ Batts [33]
4.3Live Downlink with the International Space Station & Astronaut Randy "Komrade" Bresnik Randy Bresnik [34]
4.4We Choose to Go to the Moon... Michael Collins, Julie Kramer White, Daniel Newmyer, Dr. Jennifer Levasseur, Dr. Cathy Lewis, Allan Needell, Vincent Rossi, Brian Matthews [35]
4.5Landing a Really Fast Plane on a Really Big BoatCDR Chris Browne, Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr., Capt. Sterling Gilliam, Lt. Joe Ash, CDR Ray Stromberger [36]
4.6The Psychology of Long Term Space Flight: Music, Art, and Creature Comforts Randy Bresnik, Samantha Cristoforetti, Dr. Jennifer Levasseur, Kjell Lindgren, Dr. James Picano, Beth Turner, Reid Wiseman [37]
4.7Meet Orion and SLS: America's Next Great Spacecraft Shane Kimbrough, Jack Fischer, Travis Fitzgerald, Danielle Richey, Keith Yoerg [38]
4.8The Airplane's Family Tree: From the Wright Brothers to Today Randy Bresnik, Nick Borer, Peter Jakab, Captain Kyle Whitaker, Julie Callers, Phil Marasigan, Wally Coates, Patti Erickson, Ryan Dominguez, Christine Hanna [39] [40]
4.9Astronaut Training Kjell Lindgren, Joe Acaba, Michael Barratt, Anna Lee Fisher, Travis Fitzgerald, Victor Glover, Shane Kimbrough, Christina Koch, Timothy Kopra, Kate Rubins, Jeff Williams [41]
4.10Staying Safe is No Accident: The Science of SafetyMaggy Benson, Carla Dove, Jane Foster, Beth McHugh, Erik Mueller, Don Kramer, Marie Moler [42]
4.11The Engineering Behind a Record-Breaking Skydive Tom D. Crouch, Alan Eustace, Jared Leidich, Dr. Cathy Lewis [43]
4.12Ask an Astronaut with Randy Bresnik and Paolo Nespoli Randy Bresnik, Paolo Nespoli [44]
4.13How Do We Know What's Out There?Geneviéve de Messiéres, Shauna Edson [45] [46]
4.14Live Downlink with the International Space Station & Serena Auñón-Chancellor Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Deanne Bell, Ansel Austin, Austin Suder, Jason Qin, Niki Werkheiser, Jason Crusan, Joe Acaba [47] [48]
Season 5 Episode List
EpisodeTitleEpisode SynopsisSpecial GuestsMission Debrief Expert
5.1Robotics: FIRST There Were People, Then There Were MachinesBeth and Marty invite local FIRST teams to show off their robotic skills, while they learn about the different FIRST competitions and the different robots that reside at the museum. Dean Kamen, Frank Merrick
Paul Ceruzzi, Centreville Robotics, CascadesThunderbots
5.2What Goes Up Must Come Down: Plummeting Through the Layers of the AtmosphereBeth, Marty and a group of middle school students learn about the different layers of the atmosphere by looking at Alan Eustace's world-record-setting skydive and a weather balloon. They find out why the earth has layers and how that's related to weather. Alan Eustace, Jared Leidich, Chris Strong
Anne Douglass
5.3World War One: How the Great War Still Influences TodayA group of middle schoolers travel back in time to learn about what caused the Great War and what life was like on the home front. Marty and Beth join them for a look at the Sopwith Camel, one of the most important airplanes from the war. Patty Wagstaff, Dr. Peter Jakab
Dr. Peter Jakab
5.4Magic or Math? Math in the Aerospace IndustryMarty decides to quit the show to become a magician, the show gets a special message from the Houston Texans and a group of middle-schoolers race the Wright Flyer. Toro, Peggy Whitson, Joe Acaba, Corey Williams
Dr. David DeVorkin, Dr. Geneviève de Messières
5.5STEM in Real LifeBeth and Marty celebrate their 50th episode by taking a look back at all the guests and segments of the show. They also look at the different ways science, technology, engineering and mathematics have been used on the show for real life situations. Marc Okrand, Kate Rubins, Jared Leidich, Aaron Parness, Dean Kamen, Curt Westergard, Dr. Michael Nickens (Doc Nix), Jon Burkhardt, Tom D. Crouch, Amanda Malkin

Andy Richardson, Kjell Lindgren, Frederick D. Gregory, Randy "Komrade" Bresnik, Scott Tingle, Paolo Nespoli, Peggy Whitson, Shaesta Waiz, Samantha Cristoforetti, Reid Wiseman, Stephanie Wilson, Dr. Peter Jakab, Rod Roddenberry, Ivanka Trump, Shauna Edson, Michael Collins, Dr. Cathy Lewis, Shane Kimbrough

Tim Kopra, Alan Eustace, Walter Cunningham, Michael Barratt, Buz Carpenter

Lisa Pitts
5.6Your Ticket to Space: Commercial SpaceflightMarty and Beth travel to a middle school to conduct some experiments that they haven't been allowed to do in the museum, while explaining the difference between the NASA space program and other commercial space programs. The National Air and Space Museum and Virgin Galactic celebrate the launch of the commercial spaceship SpaceShip Two.Tom Lassman, Scott Tingle, Celena Dopart, Dr. Michael Neufeld, Dr. Ellen Stofan, Sir Richard Branson, Dr. Valerie Neal, Mike Moses, Karin Nildotter, Byron Henning, Mark Stucky, Harrison Ford, Victor Glover Tom Lassman
5.7Rock Me Like a Hurricane: The Science of Earth's Largest StormsMarty travels with the hurricane hunters through the eye of Hurricane Florence. To better understand the type of data that was collected, he and Beth travel to New York City to talk with ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee. They also talk to the chief scientist of the JUNO mission to Jupiter about hurricanes on other planets. Ginger Zee, Shauna Edson, 1st Lt. Garrett Black, Hoot Gibson, Scott Bolton Jason Samenow
5.8Reboot the Suit: Neil Armstrong's SpacesuitMarty and Beth surprise a group of middle-schoolers with being able to visit the National Air and Space Museum's conservation lab and see the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. The students are taught about how important conservation is to the museum and how conservationists protect the collection.Cathy Lewis, Lisa Young, Michael Collins, Jennifer Lavasseur, Alvin Drew Cathy Lewis
5.9Voyage to the Moon: 50 Years Ago and TodayComing up on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Beth and Marty travel to Seattle to see the command module that took Neil, Buzz and Michael to the moon and back. Marty visits the Baltimore Ravens' practice field to find out how to hit moving targets and a group of middle schoolers face off against professional soccer players from Reign FC in gravity games.Ted Heutter, Gene Kranz, Geoff Nunn, Michael Collins, Robert Griffin III, Willie Snead IV, Tim Dee, Megan Oyster, Darian Jenkins, Poppy Northcutt Christine Darden, Margot Lee Shetterly
Season 6 Episode List
EpisodeTitleEpisode SynopsisSpecial GuestsMission Debrief Expert
6.1Top of the Tower: How Air Traffic Control Keeps the Skies SafeBeth learns about what information Air Traffic Controllers are giving to pilots, while Marty tags along with middle school students as they learn how to fly airplanes. They both learn how weather impacts Air Traffic and what was the hardest day to be an Air Traffic Controller.Abby Welch, Shakari Stroud, Mike Spleidel, Jamaal Teel, Chayanne Hyde, Arielle Clark, Ginger Zee, Michelle SalcedoChris Browne
6.2Fly Girls: Women in AerospaceThe first private women space explorer, Anousheh Ansari, stops by the museum as Beth and Marty take the opportunity to learn about all the inspiring women in the aerospace field over the years including Amelia Earhart, Ruth Law, Bessie Coleman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Poppy Northcutt, Sally Ride, and others. Anousheh also helps Beth, Marty and a group of middle-schoolers as they try to build painting robots. Ellen Stofan, Anousheh Ansari, Poppy Northcutt, Tam O'Shaughnessy, Michelle Curran, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Shauna Edson, Diane Kidd, Margaret Weitekamp, Emily Martin, Hana Kim Astronaut Abby
6.3Apollo 12: The Shocking StoryBeth and Marty explore the Virginia Air and Space Center to learn about the Apollo 12 mission. They learn from a middle school science teacher why the Saturn V appeared to be struck by lightning when it lifted off the launch pad. Nancy Conrad gives them background on the all Navy crew of Pete Conrad, Alan Bean and Dick Gordon. They learn why Apollo 12 was considered a pinpoint landing and how the new Orion capsule is similar to the capsule used on the Apollo missions.Robert R. Griesmer, George Conway, Raji Ganguli, Nancy Conrad, Jim Pouchot, Alan Keller, Clancy HatlebergNancy Conrad
6.4Solving Complex Problems with Simple Machines [49] Marty takes Beth to a 19th-century working gristmill and meet with a group of kids. While there they find out about all the simple machines that go into the operation of a grist mill and compare that to the use of simple machines at the National Air and Space Museum.Kathryn Blackwell, Stephen Golobic, Chris Redderson, Stephanie Stewart, Kristen Horning, Brian KerrMegan Schaller
6.5Buzz the Tower: How Bees Influence AviationTBAHolly Walker, Seán Brady, Hartmut Doebel, Farhana Alam, Imad Atallah, Allison Cameron, Camille Leopni, Fiona Lupi-Peate, Jean DeStefano
Holly Walker, Imad Atallah
6.6Spy Planes: Eyes in the SkyBeth receives intelligence from a mysterious source and it's the Junior Agents of STEM's job to find out if it's reliable. To help them along the way Beth and Marty visit CIA Headquarters to learn about the art of intelligence gathering. The Junior Agents of STEM meet back up with them at the International Spy Museum to find out who Beth's source was.Robert Byer, Brent Geary, David Robarge, Vince Houghton, Major Kris, Ryan Shank, Devon Eifel, Michael CollinsWalter Watson
6.7Diamonds in the Sky: Stars and ExoplanetsA group of students visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center are approached by a mysterious woman who offers them a chance to visit other planets.Shauna Edson, Barb Gruber, Paul Griffith, Scott Bolton, Carly Solis, Devon Eifel, Harold Geller, Mary Jimenez, Natasha Latouf, Peter Plavchan, Michael Summers, James Trefil, Justin WittrockLuke Sollitt
6.8World War II: Victory in EuropeCelebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day, Marty and Beth take a look at the European theater of the Second World War with the help of Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee and National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana. Beth and Marty then meet up with student reporter, Jaden Jefferson, to interview a veteran and offers tips on how the audience can do the same. Charles McGee, Seth Paridon, Jaden Jefferson, Alvin Drew, Bella Townsend, Kate Danno, Michael CollinsSeth Paridon, Kate Fitzgerald
6.9Shake Rattle and Roll: The Science Underneath Earthquakes and VolcanoesBeth and Marty travel the Pacific Northwest for the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Mt. St. Helens Eruption. They visit the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory to learn more about different kind of volcanos and how they can impact airplanes. Marty and Beth compare earthquakes to the data collection of marsquakes with the InSight Lander. Beth takes a reluctant Marty to the top of the Space Needle in Seattle to explain how structures are built to withstand different geological forces.Alexa Van Eaton, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Eric Forsman, Michael CollinsEd Venzke, Janine Krippner
Season 7 Episode List
EpisodeTitleSpecial GuestsLive Chat
7.1Victory in Japan, and the End of WWII [50] Donald Stratton, Scott Tingle, George Haines, Geraldine 'Geri' NymanKatherine Sharp Landdeck
7.2Pushing the Envelope: The Art and Science of Ballooning Tom Crouch, Alan Eustace, Jared Leidich, Bill Costen, Vanessa Nagengast, Greta Glaser, Andy Richardson, Ginger Zee, ZebrasBill Costen
7.3At Home In Space: The International Space Station at 20 John Herrington, Drew Feustel, Shane Kimbrough, Scott Tingle, Nick Hague, Anne McClain, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, David Wolf, Ryan Shank, Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba, Victor Glover, Michael Barratt Kjell Lundgren
7.4The Need for Speed: TOPGUN and Naval Aviation!Alfred Taddeo, Chris Browne, Jason Hwang, Robert Curbeam, Joe "Pound" Ash, Victor Glover, Matt Baumgardt Blue Angels
7.5Communication is Key: National History Day 2021 Gene Kranz, Bill Costen, Robert Griffin III, Darian Jenkins, Craig Laughlin, Megan Oyster, Tom Crouch, John Herrington, Elizabeth Borja, Margot Lee Shetterly, Jennifer Levasseur, Ginger Zee, Kevin Lamparter, Paul Griffith, Lexi Danielson, Lexi Simms, Quentin Basnaw, Ryan Shank, Devon EifelJennifer Levasseur, Teasel Muir-Harmony, James David, Peter Jakab, Heather Wilson
7.6Perseverance, What it Takes to Explore the Red PlanetCourtney Peckham, Shannon Baldioli, Katie Stack Morgan, Matthew Golombek, Jaden Jefferson, Alex Mather, Mariah Baker, John Grant Abigail Harrison
7.7Shhhhh. The Science of StealthChris Kratt, David Robarge, Dean Kamen, Walter Watson, Jeff DufordTim Sutton, Kristen Wolfe
7.8Space Shuttle at 40 Michael Barratt, Alvin Drew, Anna Fisher, Tam O’Shaughnessy, Jennifer Levasseur, David Wolf, John Herrington, Paul Richards, Michael Good, Ray-J Johnson, Megan McArthur, John Grunsfeld, Drew Feustel, Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenberger, Julie Kramer WhiteAmy Foster, Emily Margolis
7.9What do you want to be when you grow up? Careers in Aerospace Ginger Zee, Kjell Lindgren, Anne McClain, Peter Plavchan, Mary Jimenez, Natasha Latouf, Alvin Drew, Ryan Shank, Quentin Basnaw, Lexi Simms, Lexi Danielson, Maj. Michelle Curran, Kate Rubins, Julie Kramer White, Michael Good, Ryan Dahm, Serena Auñón-Chancellor, Danielle Richey, Dean Kamen, Jeff Williams, Jared Leidich, Scott Tingle, Gene Kranz, Michael "Doc Nix" Nickens, David Wolf, Capt. Ray "Gator" Stromberger, Poppy Northcutt, Robert Griffen III, Alan Eustace, Ariel Tweto, Victor Glover, Maj. Jason Markzon, Anna Fisher, Anousheh Ansari, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger Kelly Johnson, Andre Gore, DeMarco Best
Season 8 Episodes
EpisodeTitleSpecial Guests
8.1At Home Astronomy: How You Can Observe the Night SkyJulian "Zeus" McClurkin, Darnell "Speedy" Artis, Max Bawarski, Becca Lundgren, Samantha Thompson, Michael Summers, James Trefil, Scott Bolton
8.2Mail Away, Mail Away, Mail AwayDaniel Piazza, Lynn Heidelbaugh, Bob van der Linden
8.3Remote Sensing and how it impacts YOUR lifeTim Walsh, Brendon Rubin-Oster, Melissa Wagner
8.4Birds, Bats, Bugs and Brothers: Animals Pave the Way for Human Flight Chris Kratt


YearNominee / workAwardResult
201615 Years on the ISSTelly AwardWon
2019Robotics: FIRST There Were People, Then There Were MachinesNational Capital / Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award - Technology ProgramNominated
2020Top of the Tower: How Air Traffic Control Keeps the Skies SafeNational Capital / Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award - Education/Schools - Program/SpecialNominated
2020A Flight with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, the Hurricane HuntersNational Capital / Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award - Weather - Program/SpecialNominated
2021Get Excited About the Creepy Crawly Stuff! The GW BuzzNational Capital / Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award - Education/Schools - Short Form ContentNominated
2021Spy Planes: Eyes in the SkyNational Capital / Chesapeake Bay Emmy Award - Informational/Instructional - Long Form ContentNominated

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