Launchpad STEM Curriculum: 10 Engineering STEM Activities

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Launchpad STEM Curriculum: 10 Engineering STEM Activities

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Subjects: Engineering Design, Applied Math, Physical Science

Grades: 4th - 8th

Resource Type: Complete STEM Curriculum, Stages 1 & 2

Teaching Duration: Semester

Total Pages: 186

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Are you looking for a COMPLETE beginner STEM curriculum? Are you running an informal STEM program? Are you new to STEM learning? Do you want an easy to implement STEM curriculum that progressively builds a foundation of STEM skills? 

Vivify STEM presents Launchpad: A Mission to Mars
Through interactive sessions, Launchpad students become a team of astronauts challenged to complete 10 missions centered around a Journey to Mars. Each week, students will read a message from Astronaut Alex, who will introduce the activity, provide background context, and connect to a STEM career. Students will then engage in hands-on activities centered around the engineering design process. 

Tested curriculum: 35 educators have implemented Launchpad with over 500 students in grades 4th - 8th!

Curriculum includes: 

  • Intro to STEM Education
  • 10 STEM Missions following a storyline
  • Supply list with links
  • Alignment to NGSS and CCSS Math
  • Step-by-step teacher guide with photos
  • Student mission sheets

What is STEM? STEM challenges are an engaging way to incorporate the engineering design process into your classroom or afterschool program! These hands-on activities allow students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own balloon rocket device. Learn more here: Not All STEM is Equal.


When the students would connect the wires and the motor would start vibrating, they would shriek and jump back like it was alive!  I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to hear kids ask (repeatedly) and proclaim their excitement about an academic group.

 - Launchpad Instructor, 4th Grade, San Antonio