STEM Playground is dedicated to fun team activities that develop character and highlight the value of diversity in teamwork.
Elementary Science Competition Without Leaving Your Classroom
STEM Playground is a virtual STEM competition designed to prepare 3rd thru 5th grade students for STEM competition using standards-aligned activities and low cost materials in a contest format.
Download activities to conduct with your class and upload your scores to our database to get instant feedback on class performance!
What We Do
You are my number one priority. Each activity provides the technical knowledge for you to feel comfortable to teach STEM concepts. Your students learn both technical and teamwork skills to ensure a fun, character building STEM experience.
– Al Causey, STEM Playground
Where We Are
STEM Playground began in 2006 as a small pilot program serving three Title One schools near Washington D.C. but has grown rapidly and now serves elementary teachers and students worldwide. Teachers choose to use our free activity with full functionality or to subscribe annually to use all of our activities.
See our map to find participating schools around the world!
Explore Our Activities
How We Align to Standards
STEM Playground designed its STEM activities and supporting curriculum material around you and your students, NOT Common Core standards. However, we understand the need for those of you in Common Core-participating states to meet English Language Arts and Math standards, even as you teach science.
So STEM Playground asked educational publisher Longbourn Editorial to correlate our current curriculum material to both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
How Our Competition Works
STEM Playground’s activities are designed to be completed by teams of two students and will have measurable results which you can compare with other classes globally, nationally, or even within your own community or school.
While you can compare results from just one activity, you can also compete in the cumulative League Challenge by completing all 12 designated League Challenge activities.