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:

For more information, please call 717-606-1685 or email 24 Math.

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IU13 STEM Consortium Student Competition

This team competition is open to students in Grades 4-12 from schools that are Plus, Select, or Premium members of IU13’s STEM Consortium (public and nonpublic). There are three divisions: Gr. 4-6, Gr. 7-9, and Gr. 10-12. 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. Teams must register by October 31. Submissions are due by January 13. For more information download the official competition announcement here.

2017-18 STEM Student Competition Official Announcement

2017-18 STEM Student Competition Design Brief

2017-18 STEM Student Competition Rubric

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

For more information, call 717-606-1809 or email IU13 STEM Consortium Student Competition.


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 Lancaster Science Factory.

 2017-18 3rd Grade Tournament Date (new this year): February 26, 2018

2017-18 4th and 5th grade Tournament Date: March 8, 2018 (weather make up date: March 26, 2018)

For more information, call 717-606-1809 or email IU13 Elementary 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. The 2017-2018 competition will be held at The Conference and Training Center at IU13.

2017-18 Competition: April 24, 2018

Teams of 5-10 students in Grades 9 - 12.  To register a team, use this link: Sea, Air, and Land Registration.

Information about this competition can be found at:, or call 717-606-1809 or email IU13 STEM.