STEM Student Activities

Student group24 Math Competition

24 Math is a unique mathematics teaching tool designed to sharpen students’ mental math, number sense, critical thinking, problem solving, and pattern sensing. Offered in a tournament-style competition, students compete using addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division to develop solutions to problems that equal 24. This fast, fun, exciting math game is designed for students in Grades 4-8.

2017-18 Tournament Dates: May 15, 2018 (Grades 4 & 5), and May 16, 2018 (Grades 6-8)

Proctors: View Podcast Reviewing Tournament-Style Rules Here

24 Challenge MATH Competition Materials:
  • Email:  24 Math 
  • Call:     717-606-1685

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IU13 STEM Consortium Student Competition

This team competition is open to students in Grades 4-9 from schools that are Plus, Select, or Premium members of IU13’s STEM Consortium (public and nonpublic). There are two divisions: Gr. 4-6, Gr. 7-9. All competition activities and prizes are sponsored by the IU13 STEM Consortium. All participants receive a certificate of recognition. First, second, and third place in each division earns prizes.  
Please note that this competition is separate from the Governor’s PA STEM Competition for students in Grades 9-12. Information about this competition is available at the Governor's STEM website.
Who can participate: Students in grades 4-6 and 7-9
Registration for Competition: November 3, 2017
Projects due: January 12, 2018
Tuition: No cost to STEM Consortium Districts.
Learn more here:

Lancaster-Lebanon Elementary STEM Bowl

The Annual Lancaster-Lebanon Elementary STEM Bowl is designed to showcase and apply 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The event will consist of two components:
  1. A Quiz Bowl style competition comprised of six 20-minute matches in which each team of four students will compete against another team to answer a series of toss-up questions and bonus questions, and
  2. Hands-on design and problem-solving activities presented by the IU13 STEM Team.
2017-18 3rd Grade Tournament (new this year)
Who can participate: Students in 3rd grade
Date: February 26, 2018
Limit:  26 teams (1 team per district)
Tuition: No cost to STEM Consortium Districts.
Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA
Learn more about the 3rd grade STEM Bowl:
2017-18 4th and 5th grade Tournament date:
Who can participate: Students in 4th and 5th grade
Dates: March 8, 2017
Weather Makeup date: March 26, 2018
Limit: 26 teams (1 team per district)
Tuition: No cost to STEM Consortium Districts
Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA
Learn more about the 4th and 5th grade STEM Bowl:

Sea, Air and Land Competition

The Pennsylvania State University Electro Optics Center, in collaboration with the Office of Naval Research Program, has developed the Sea, Air & Land Challenge, a unique and effective way to manage high school students in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. This competition brings together teams of 5-10 high school students to design and build robotic vehicles and payloads. Teams work to complete a high-level engineering challenge, with assistance from engineering mentors with industry experience. The program culminates in a “Challenge Day” event when students showcase their accomplishments and is designed to provide an exciting window into careers in STEM while developing their skill sets beyond standard classroom activities.
Students will have 12-16 weeks to design unmanned vehicles and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads to compete in predefined sets of challenges. Each team is responsible for securing funding for their team and is paired with an industry mentor to guide them through the design and building process. The systems are then used to compete in challenges that mimic missions encountered by the military, national security agencies, and first responders. The competition is a partnership between IU12, IU13, and IU15. 
Dates: April 24, 2018
Weather Makeup date:   April 30, 2018
Limit: teams of 5-10 students per team.
Tuition: $10.00 per student
Location:  The Conference and Training Center at IU13, Burle Business Park, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA
Learn more here: