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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The STEM Volleyball curriculum is designed to pair strategic STEM-based activities with crucial volleyball gameplay and recent technological achievements that have enhanced gameplay. STEM Volleyball enables students the opportunity to get behind the sport they love with modules centered around innovation and technology. With lessons built around calculating contact time, optimal serving speed, and the science behind serving, STEM Volleyball introduces students to basic aerodynamic laws and concepts – Magnus Effect and Bernoulli’s Principle – through the game they love. This educational enrichment program is made up of eight (8) modules and worksheets that align with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards as well as USA Volleyball training regimens. Each STEM Volleyball kit includes an easily administered teacher’s manual, as well as reusable sporting and science equipment for the program to be fully implemented. Composed specifically for grades 5-8, the program is adaptable and can be scaled and taught to younger or older student groups in a variety of settings.


In addition to the teacher's manual, a single volleyball kit includes six (6) Molten First Touch Volleyballs, six (6) Molten Soft Touch Volleyballs, six (6) Molten Recreational 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

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


ABOUT USA Volleyball

USA Volleyball 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 and to engage and inspire our nation through a cultivated passion for the game and continued success at winning Olympic and Paralympic medals.

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.