Welcome 5th Grade Teachers!

Our Mission

STEM Playground is dedicated to fun team-based science technology engineering and math activities that highlight character development and the value that diversity brings to teamwork. 

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STEM Playground is a virtual STEM competition designed to prepare 3rd thru 5th grade students for STEM competition using standards-aligned activities in a contest format.

Download a FREE activity to conduct with your class and upload your scores to our database to get instant feedback on class performance!

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What We Do

 

Engaging Contests

Download our activities to conduct with your students and upload the results to compare your class’s scores to the scores of classes from all over the country.

Aligned Content

Our activities include pertinent supplemental curriculum material that is aligned to National Standards.

Emphasis on Team

Your assessment scores are greatly affected by how well the team members work together, instilling in your students the value of teamwork.

How We Align to 5th Grade Standards

STEM Playground designed its STEM activities and supporting curriculum material around the students and teachers, NOT Common Core standards.  However, we understand the need for teachers in Common Core-participating states to meet English Language Arts and Math standards as they teach science.

STEM Playground’s current battery of activities and supporting material meets the following 5th grade standards:

Common Core ELA

W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.3

Common Core Math

5.MP.5, 5.NF.4, 5.NF.5

NGSS

5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-3, 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS2- 1, 5-ESS2-2, 5-ESS3-1, 5-PS1-1, 5-PS2-1

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Where We Are

STEM Playground began as a small pilot program for 10 schools but has grown over 500% in the last two years.

See our map to find participating schools around the world! 

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Explore Our Activities

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.