The world was in crisis when WWII started. The Allies needed to fight battles in very different places, spread all over the world. They needed new tools, new technologies, and ways to send material and people all over the world.
This time of great necessity led to great innovation. During the wartime years we not only made an amazing number of boats, planes, trucks, and tanks, but we prepared 16 million soldiers for war, and got them and everything they needed where they had to be. We developed radar, nuclear power, and portable radio. We created new materials, and found new uses for old ones.
In a time of great need, society turned to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (called STEM for short) to solve problems. Men and women of all sorts of backgrounds came through, finding solutions to our big problems, using knowledge, teamwork, persistence and creativity.
The same is true today. Society always turns to STEM professionals. With the same characteristics of knowledge, teamwork, persistence and creativity you can solve today and tomorrow’s problems, and find a great career for yourself.
About This Project
Real World Science is part of an effort by The National World War II Museum to use The War That Changed The World to teach how society turns to STEM when it faces big problems. We are committed to helping teachers show students how STEM works, why it is important, and what it takes to succeed in STEM.
Primary sources are documents or objects from the time of the events that you are looking at. For example, if you are studying how the military used new medical innovations to treat wounded soldiers, you would look at first aid kits from the war, training manuals for medical staff, and any equipment you could find from the time.
This section of the site has some objects and other resources from during the war that you can use to learn about how we used STEM to win the war.