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.

What Is the STEM Volleyball Curriculum & Kit?

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.

STEM Volleyball Kits

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.

Curriculum Breakdown

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

(1) How many students does each kit serve?

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

(2) How long does each kit last?

No item in any STEM Sports kit is perishable. Therefore, kits can be used numerous times over several years with normal wear and tear.

(3) How many students can a single STEM Volleyball kit serve over time?

Literally hundreds. Each of the eight lessons/modules is designed for groups of 12 students or six pairs. If a classroom has 24 students, they would break up into two groups and the same lesson would be administered to all 24 students, simultaneously. If the entire kit was used in four different classrooms over the course of one-half of a school year, 96 students would be served or as many as 192 over the course of one year.

(4) What program format are kits most effective in?

All STEM Sports programs are strategically designed for flexibility. This allows them to be implemented in a variety of settings. STEM Volleyball is equally effective whether administered in traditional classrooms, after-school programs, summer camps, or weekend retreats.

(5) Who can teach the STEM Sports program?

STEM Volleyball is strategically designed to allow anyone with a basic understanding of STEM principles to administer the program. Teacher manuals provide instructors with the the proper framework and tools to implement each lesson plan.

(6) How long does shipping take?

Delivery can be expected within two weeks of placing an order.

(7) What are all possible payment methods?

Acceptable payment methods include purchase order, check, and credit card.

(8) Can I see a sample curriculum?

Yes, request a curriculum sample by emailing Info@STEMSports.com.

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.

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