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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Q: What is STEM?

STEM is a 21st Century educational practice that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Parents and Educators know that the most impacting STEM experiences incorporate the 4Cs : Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking. STEM means working together, thinking creatively, trying new ideas and learning as you go to solve problems. That's where STEM Game Races comes in!

Q: What is STEM Game Races?

At STEM Game Races, we challenge teams of kids, ages 5-18, to solve problems in a fun and competitive setting. We currently have two different experiences that can be completely customized to your event.

Q: What makes us different?

The escape room trend is sweeping the nation, but most are catered towards small groups of adults. Why should kids have to miss out on all the fun? At STEM Game Races, our games are backed by a decade of teaching experience and understanding how kids think. We customize the puzzles to make sure each group is appropriately challenged. Kids are eagerly applying essential skills in a real life context, all while having a blast!

Q: What ages are best for STEM Game Races?

Each event is completely customized to the needs of the teams. We want everyone to experience success with just the right level of challenge.  We will tailor the game to you - we have done events with kids from kindergarten through high school.

Q: What sort of space do I need for this event?

Each of the events will require a tabletop for teams to dive into their materials and solve puzzles. Teams will also need a space to construct the rocket launcher and launch their spacecraft - a hallway or open area of a room with plenty of clearance works great for this. We can help make sure you have everything you need!

Q: What if a team can’t figure out a clue?

All of our events have a Game Master present! For larger groups, we will have multiple Game Masters. Teams with older players are given clues cards that they can trade in for a clue from the Game Master if they are stuck.

Q: Who might be interested in this event?

Our clients are often parents looking for a new, interactive and exciting event for their next party, a school hoping to add to their curricular offerings or involve families through special events, or an organization looking for a fun experience to enhance their community outreach efforts. Have a unique group size or setup? We love to get creative - contact us to see how we can tailor our experiences for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of experiences do you offer for an academic setting?

We currently offer two types of academic events - the Space Escape and the Mini Mission. The Space Escape is designed for groups of kids between ages 5-18 and runs for approximately one hour. The Mini Mission event is designed for mixed age groups and is ideal for STEM Family Nights at schools or other organizations. This experience takes 15-20 minutes/team and up to 50 teams can be playing at once, with teams rotating in and out throughout the duration of the event.  

Q: What is the Space Escape event?

The theme is Alien Invasion and the premise is that an alien has crash-landed on Earth and needs your help to relaunch his spaceship back home. In order to gain access to the launchpad, teams have to work together to complete STEM-based logic puzzles to answer three big questions. The best part comes at the finale, when teams work together to build a rocket launcher to send the alien's spacecraft back home. The rocket launcher portion of the experience asks kids apply the same communication and critical thinking skills in a hands-on setting - this part is definitely a favorite!

*There are many optional add-ons for the Space Escape for teams to complete before or after they launch, including art, reading and writing extensions. Please ask for more details!

Q: Do you have any other themes?

The premise of our event is alien invasion, but we love working creatively with our clients to combine the themes you are using by tweaking our intro speech, bringing in photo props or something else!

Q: How many people can do the Space Escape event?

Players will be assigned to teams of no more than five. We require a minimum of four teams, but can accommodate up to 500 kids at once!

Q: How long does the Space Escape event take?

Space Escape takes approximately one hour, however our experiences are very flexible and we do have ways of changing the duration of the experience to fit your event needs.

Q: What is the Mini Mission?

In the Mini Mission, teams work through a shorter (but no less awesome!) version of our Space Escape event. Teams work together to solve puzzles to unlock the alien’s rocket so they can send him back to his home planet. Once the rocket has been recovered, they must construct a rocket launcher that meets all the criteria necessary to send the alien back to outer space! This event is designed for mixed age groups and is ideal for Family Nights at schools or other organizations.

*There are many optional add-ons for the Mini Mission for teams to complete before or after they launch, including art, reading and writing extensions. Please ask for more details!

Q: How many people can do the Mini Mission event? How long does it take?

The Mini Mission takes 15-20 minutes for each team and up to 50 teams can be playing at once, with teams rotating in and out throughout the duration of the event. A minimum of five stations is required for each event.

Q: What kinds of puzzles and questions are part of the events?

Each multi-step question requires players to think critically and strategically, communicate with each other and persevere. Each puzzle uses STEM concepts, along with cool tools like UV lights, water activated ink, blocks and more! Want a taste of what our puzzles our? Subscribe to our monthly puzzle email!

Q: What STEM skills are present in the STEM Game Races experience?

Science - Testing variables to achieve desired results. Applying properties of force and motion.
Technology - Solving problems by accessing information through different modalities. Integrating technology to analyze and communicate rocket launch.
Engineering - Considering different ways to solve a problem and communicating your ideas to the team. Constructing a system that will achieve a desired result.
Math - Employing flexible mathematical thinking to solve problems. Analyzing structures and applying the properties of shapes.

Q: What age groups are best for SGR events?

We have done events for kids of all ages, from kindergarten through high school. Each event is completely customized to the needs of your students. We want teams to experience success with just the right level of challenge.  We will quickly review your objectives for the experience and tailor the game to fit your group.

Q: How will I know if this experience will be the right fit for my students?

Our team has an extensive background working with students at all ability levels, and we are ready to make the experience a success for all children. We have worked with students with ADHD, Down’s Syndrome, English Language Learners and Autism and we are eager to find ways for everyone to play!

Q: What do I have to do to prepare for this event?

Nothing! We take care of everything. All we need to you provide is the eager teams and the space. No printing, cutting, setting locks - leave the details to us!

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Parties Questions

Q: What happens at a STEM Game Races party?

Our current party event is called the Space Escape Alien Invasion! The theme is Alien Invasion and the premise is that an alien has crash-landed on Earth and needs the teams’ help to relaunch his spaceship back home. In order to gain access to the launchpad, teams have to work together to complete puzzles and break open locks to answer three big questions. The best part comes at the finale, when teams work together to build a rocket launcher. This part is definitely a favorite - hands-on, high energy and ultra competitive!

Q: How many kids do I need for a party?

Teams work best in groups of 3-5, with a minimum of two teams needed to host a party.

Q: What age groups are best for SGR parties?

We are ready to race with kids from 5-18 and will be sure that the puzzles are just the right level of challenging. While reading is not necessary to play, non-readers will require additional adult support in order to be successful.

Q: Do you do custom parties?

Absolutely! We offer lots of add-ons to our party experiences and would love to customize our event to fit your vision.

Q: What do I need to do during the party?

Enjoy! Sit back and relax, or join in on the fun! We do require adult supervision by the host for all parties.

Q: What do I have to do to prepare for this event?

Nothing - leave the details to us! All we need to you provide is the eager teams and the space and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Pricing Questions

Q: How much does a Space Escape experience cost?

Space Escape events are priced per team, and each team can have a maximum of five players. Teams should be determined before the event so we are sure to have enough materials prepared. A minimum of three teams is required for each event. Request a quote for a customized proposal for your event!

Q: How much does a Mini Mission experience cost?

The Mini Missions are priced per station, per hour. Each station can accommodate 3-4 groups in an hour. A minimum of five stations is required for an event. Contact us today for a customized quote that tailored to your event.

Q: Do you offer discounts or deals?

Yes! We offer discounts for large groups, schools and non-profit groups. We would love to work with you - please contact us for more details!

Q: Can the events be customized?

We offer many add-ons to enhance both academic and party events. Let’s talk!

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Testimonials

What happy clients are saying

"Great for our brains" - Naya
"It really pushed us!" - Ava
"Really mysterious and AWESOME!" – Dylan
"You do not know what the aliens are planning next!" -Leo
"The kids really enjoyed it! - Sarah D., Instructional Coach
"They loved it and thought it was very challenging.  
We would love to hear when you have a shortened version for STEM family nights." - Eden M., Teacher