STEM Volleyball Curriculum

In 2016, USA Volleyball became the second Olympic sport to sanction the STEM Sports program. This engaging educational enrichment program includes an eight (8) module curriculum that is equal parts education, athletics, and exercise.

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Rooted in Next Generation Science Standards, the STEM Sports Volleyball program is flexible and can be implemented in a classroom setting, through after-school enrichment programs, or within a summer camp model. This program was designed for grades 5-8 but depending on the environment, could be used for older or younger student groups.


It's recommended that each STEM Volleyball kit serve no more than 12 students or six pairs of students. Kits can be used numerous times. In addition to the teacher manual, a single volleyball kit includes six (6) Molten First Touch volleyballs, six (6) Molten Soft Touch volleyballs, six (6) Molten Camp volleyballs, and one (1) P&G Inflatable GO PLAY! ball. Additionally, each kit includes one (1) Bushnell radar gun, six (6) ribbon spools, six (6) rolls of blue painter's tape, one (1) ball pump, one (1) package of ball needles, one (1) package of 12-inch latex balloons, one (1) weight scale, six (6) 100-foot tape measures, one (1) box of 500 toothpicks, one (1) package of 100 straws, one (1) spool of fishing line, and two (2) Molten SPB ball bags. A single kit is priced at $1,299.


Module 1: Court and Mathematics

Module 2: Using Technology

Module 3: Serving and Science

Module 4: Scientific Method (Salt and Pepper)

Module 5: Volleyball Properties

Module 6: Calculating Total Contact Time

Module 7: Optimal Serve Speed

Module 8: Engineering Design Process



It's recommended that each kit serve 12 students, or 6 pairs of students.


ABOUT USA Volleyball

USA Volleyball (USAV) is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is recognized as such by the Federation International de Volleyball and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The vision of USA Volleyball is to be a world-class, leading organization in all aspects of volleyball, providing opportunities for universal access and participation in the sport.

USA Volleyball is one of the first National Governing Bodies to sanction a sports-based STEM education program, which will introduce thousands of youth to the sport of volleyball.