Discover STEM LAB 5-6

  • 1,999.00 USD

Individual Kits Available

Perfect for home school and distance learning environments with single or small groups of students, each of the four curriculum packages included in Discover STEM LAB 5-6 can now be purchased separately! Mix and match individual kits to create the perfect STEM/STEAM program to suit your unique needs. Contact us via chat or email to discuss more customized programs with a STEM expert!

Now Including Discover Dynamics and Discover Renewable Energy!

As the ultimate STEM enrichment tool, Discover STEM Lab 5-6 can be easily integrated into after-school programs, classrooms and any learning environment looking for reusable, scaffolded STEM invigoration. Whether it’s the engineering design process or a survey of sustainability, this curriculum was designed to be specifically useful for late elementary students as they begin to transition to more difficult subjects in middle school. With over 70 contact hours, each module encourages independent student exploration and creative thinking by fostering a mini-makerspace mentality where discovery and intrigue reign supreme.

Grades: 5-6
Students: Up to 24 (Individual Kits vary)
Contact Hours: 70+

Subject Targets:

Physical Science, Earth Science, Engineering Design, Robotics & Coding, Math Connections

Recommended Settings:

  • Libraries and makerspaces
  • After-school programs and clubs
  • Teachers looking for hands-on STEM stations for elementary classrooms

Tech Requirements:

  • One device per kit with Windows, macOS, iOS or Android operating system. Cortex is currently not compatible with Google Chromebooks.
  • All tablets require internet connection to enable wireless communication via Bluetooth.

Available For The Following Platforms:

  • Classic: For all computers and Andriod-based tablets
  • BLE: For iPads

Included Curriculum:

Select the Complete Program for all four kits in one comprehensive package, or pick-and-choose the individual kits that suit your needs.

Science: Discover Dynamics

Explore physical phenomena like acceleration, inertia, the principles of linear motion, equilibrium of forces and the laws of motion with Discover Dynamics. Combining hands-on experiments with easy-to-follow curriculum, this kit allows students to discover the secrets of centrifugal force, gravity, acceleration and the conservation of energy all while engaging in a welcoming, student-driven environment. From building their own STEM identities to engaging with foundational concepts, Discover Dynamics encourages independent student exploration to get students excited about learning!

Technology: Discover Robotics & Programming

Discover Robotics & Programming combines an application-based curriculum with high-quality mechanical building pieces for a scaffolded experience, teaching basic programming logic in the context of mechanical and engineering design process challenges. With curriculum developed around a growth mindset and creative problem-solving skills, Discover Robotics and Programming is flexible, empowering educators to integrate hands-on STEM into virtually any educational environment.

More details and additional kit options for Discover Robotics & Programming I are available here!

Engineering: Discover Engineering

Discover Engineering is a fast-moving, reusable kit that prepares students to adapt to today’s rapidly evolving technologies. Jumping from wheels and pulleys to different types of gears, this scaffolded curriculum has students problem-solve and utilize the engineering design process as they build upon each day’s iterative concepts to combine what they’ve learned into more complex systems.

More details and additional kit options for Discover Engineering are available here!

Math: Discover Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is an important source of power today and will become even more critical in the future. The Discover Renewable Energy: Solar Beginner set is perfectly designed to help students understand the possibilities of solar energy. Building solar-powered boats and cars which run by generating electricity from the sun using a solar module, this kit combines ethics and STEM for modern learning and discovery of the possibilities of sustainability through renewable energy.

Product Orientation:

  • Half hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $500+
  • One hour free webinar orientation for purchases of $1000+
  • Additional training available for purchase

Curriculum Topics:

Each Discover STEM LAB comes with its own respective curriculum, each designed to cover specific topics within that kit. 

Science: Discover Dynamics

  • Centrifugal Force
  • Force of Gravity
  • Acceleration
  • Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Pulses 

Technology: Discover Robotics & Programming

Level 1 - YELLOW

  • RiQ robot build
  • Drag-and-drop programming in Cortex
  • Connecting The Brain
  • Basic motor commands: ON, ON FOR, SET PWR

Level 2 - ORANGE

  • Advanced motor commands: REVERSE, THIS WAY, THAT WAY
  • Local and global commands

Level 3 - PURPLE

  • Logic commands: REPEAT and LOOP
  • Miscellaneous programming commands: BEEP, WAIT, NOTE, SPACER, and BREAK

Level 4 - BLUE

  • Subroutines
  • Procedures and calls
  • Advanced logic commands: IF, IF NOT, IF ELSE
  • Touch sensors and LEDs

Engineering: Discover Engineering

  • Pulleys
  • Levers
  • Wheel & Axle
  • Power Transfer
  • Flexible Power Systems
  • Gear Trains
  • Worm Gears
  • Complex Machines
  • Speed Ratios
  • Power Ratios
  • Drive Train
  • Power Transfer

Math: Discover Renewable Energy

  • Solar Energy
  • Hydropower
  • Wind Power
  • Electricity
  • Energy Storage

Complete Program Includes:

Each Discover STEM LAB comes with the following kits in a convenient GratStack rolling storage unit. The Renewable Energy Module contains two kits for a total of five in the Lab.

Science: Discover Dynamics

Students: 1-3
Contact Hours: 12+


  • Building instructions for 7 roller coaster models
  • Fun with Physics Activity Booklet
  • 780 building manipulatives from fischertechnik™ with advanced flex-rails, metal balls, motor and 9V battery
  • Compartmentalized Gratnell storage bin with lid

Technology: Discover Robotics & Programming

Students: 1-3
Contact Hours: 25+


  • Discover Robotics and Programming LABCards (20-card curriculum printed on heavy-duty, no-tear paper)
  • RiQ robot step-by-step building instructions printed on heavy-duty, no-tear paper
  • The Brain and Cortex User Guide printed on heavy-duty, no-tear paper
  • Expanding file folder for easy access and storage of all no-tear curriculum pages
  • Specialized PCS Robotic Controller, The Brain™
  • Bluetooth Dongle
  • Available in BLE for iPads or Classic for all computers and Android-based tablets
  • USB Cable
  • Advanced Sensor Pack including 1 ultrasonic, 1 light, 2 touch, 2 infrared, 2 LEDs and 5 sensor cables
  • 2 9V DC motors and 2 motor cables
  • Rechargeable 11.1V LiPo battery and DC wall adapter
  • Advanced engineering manipulatives from
  • fischertechnik™
  • Compartmentalized Gratnell storage bin with lid

Engineering: Discover Engineering

Students: 1-6
Contact Hours: 25+


  • Building instructions for 12 simple machine models
  • Printed Discover Engineering Student Guide
  • 642 building manipulatives from fischertechnik™, including gears, axles, motors and 9V batteries
  • Compartmentalized Gratnell storage bin with lid

Math: Discover Renewable Energy

Students: 1-6 
Contact Hours: 8+


  • 2 Sets of building instructions for 4 solar-powered boats and cars
  • 2 Solar Power Activity Booklets
  • 2 sets of 160 building manipulatives from fischertechnik, including solar panel, solar motor and boat hull
  • Compartmentalized Gratnell storage bin with lid

Habits of Mind:

16 thinking habits developed by Art Costa and Bena Kallick to empower students to succeed in a 21st century learning environment.

  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Persisting
  • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
  • Thinking Flexibly

21st Century Skills:

A set of widely-applicable abilities essential for success in the information age.

  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Information, Media and Technology Literacy
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability

© 2018 Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21), All Rights Reserved. P21 was not involved in the production of this product and does not endorse it.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
  • MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
  • MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

Common Core State Standards for Math:

  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 Look for and make use of structures.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.G.A.2 Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with given conditions.

Common Core State Standards for Language Arts:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

© Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts:

  • ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical task
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.NF.A.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g. by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2.

© Copyright 2010. National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

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