STARBASE is more than a field trip. It’s an interactive experience.

STARBASE inspires creativity and hands-on learning with features you won’t find in any other classroom – in a location students really want to come to. Powerful activities like rocket launches and 3D design let students engage with content in interactive ways, find new interests and access the world of STEM like never before.

Educators who bring a class to STARBASE can witness the dramatic increase in the core curriculum standards through the following:

South Dakota 5th Grade Math Standards


Indicator 1:Use procedures to transform algebraic expressions.

5.A.1.1. (Application) Use a variable to write an addition expression.
5.A.1.2. (Application) Recognize and use the associative property of addition and multiplication.

Indicator 2:Use a variety of algebraic concepts and methods to solve equations and inequalities.

5.A.2.1. (Application) Write one-step first degree equations using the set of whole numbers and find a solution.

Indicator 3:Interpret and develop mathematical models.

5.A.3.1.(Application) Write and solve number sentences that represent two-step word problems using whole numbers.
5.A.3.2. (Application) Identify information and apply it to a given formula.

Indicator 4:Describe and use the properties and behaviors of relations, functions, and inverses.

5.A.4.1. (Application) Solve problems using patterns involving more than one operation.


Indicator 1: Use deductive and inductive reasoning to recognize and apply properties of geometric figures.

5.G.1.1. (Knowledge) Describe and identify isosceles and equilateral triangles, pyramids, rectangular prisms, and cones.
5.G.1.2. (Knowledge) Identify acute, obtuse, and right angles

Indicator 2:Use properties of geometric figures to solve problems from a variety of perspectives.

5.G.2.1. (Comprehension) Determine lines of symmetry in rectangles, squares, and triangles.
5.G.2.2. (Knowledge) Identify a turn or flip (rotation or reflection) of a given figure.
5.G.2.3. (Application) Use two-dimensional coordinate grids to find locations and represent points and simple figures.


Indicator 1:Apply measurement concepts in practical applications.

5.M.1.1. (Comprehension) Determine elapsed time within an a.m. or p.m. period on the quarter-hour.
5.M.1.2. (Application) Solve problems involving money including making change.
5.M.1.3. (Application) Use and convert U.S. Customary units of length (inches, feet, yard), and weight (ounces, pounds).
5.M.1.4. (Application) Use appropriate tools to measure length, weight, temperature, and area in problem solving.


Indicator 1:Use the structural characteristics of a set of real numbers and its various subsets.

5.N.1.1. (Comprehension) Read, write, order, and compare numbers from .001 to 1,000,000,000.
5.N.1.2. (Comprehension) Find prime, composite, and factors of whole numbers from 1 to 50.
5.N.1.3. (Knowledge) Identify alternative representations of fractions and decimals involving tenths, fourths, halves, and hundredths.
5.N.1.4. (Comprehension) Locate negative integers on a number line.
5.N.1.5. (Comprehension) Determine the squares of numbers 1 – 12.

Indicator 2: Apply operations within the set of real numbers.

5.N.2.1. (Application) Find the quotient of whole numbers using two-digit divisors.
5.N.2.2. (Application) Determine equivalent fractions including simplification (lowest terms of fractions).
5.N.2.3. (Application) Multiply and divide decimals by natural numbers (1 – 9).

Indicator 3:Develop conjectures, predictions, or estimations in the process of problem solving and verify or justify the results.

5.N.3.1. (Application) Use different estimation strategies to solve problems involving whole numbers, decimals, and fractions to the nearest whole number.


Indicator 1:Use statistical models to gather, analyze and display data to draw conclusions.

5.S.1.1. (Application) Gather, graph, and interpret data.
5.S.1.2. (Application) Calculate and explain mean for a whole number data set.

South Dakota 5th Grade Science Standards


Indicator 1: Understand the nature and origin of scientific knowledge.

Note:  Mastery is not expected at these grade levels.

Indicator 2: Apply the skills necessary to conduct scientific investigations.

Note:  Mastery is not expected at these grade levels.


Indicator 1: Describe structures and properties of, and changes in, matter.

5.P.1.1. (Knowledge) Define matter on the basis of observable physical properties.

Indicator 2: Analyze forces, their forms, and their effects on motions.

5.P.2.1. (Knowledge) Identify forces in specific situations that require objects to interact, change directions, or stop.
5.P.2.2. (Analysis) Analyze the structure and design of simple and compound machines to determine how the machines make work easier by trading force for distance

Indicator 3: Analyze interactions of energy and matter.
5.P.3.1. (Application) Demonstrate and explain how to measure heat flow into an object.
5.P.3.2. (Comprehension) Describe the Sun’s ability to produce energy in the forms of light and heat.
5.P.3.3. (Comprehension) Describe basic properties of light.


Indicator 1: Understand the fundamental structures, functions, classifications, and mechanisms found in living things.

5.L.1.1. (Comprehension) Describe the basic process of photosynthesis and the role of light as a source of energy in plants.

Indicator 2: Analyze various patterns of inheritance and biological change.

5.L.2.1. (Evaluation) Predict physical characteristics with family lineage.
5.L.2.2. (Comprehension) Describe structures and processes involved in plant reproduction.

Indicator 3: Analyze how organisms are linked to one another and the environment.

5.L.3.1. (Comprehension) Describe how natural events and/or human influences may help or harm ecosystems.
5.L.3.2. (Application) Using an energy pyramid model, analyze the roles of organisms to determine the transfer of energy.
5.L.3.3. (Comprehension) Describe how interrelationships enable some organisms to survive.


Indicator 1: Analyze the various structures and processes of the Earth system.

4.E.1.1. (Comprehension) Describe the basic structure of Earth’s interior.

Indicator 2: Analyze essential principles and ideas about the composition and structure of the universe.

5.E.2.1. (Comprehension) Describe the components (Sun, planets and moons) of the solar system.
5.E.2.2. (Comprehension) Explain how the Earth’s rotation affects the appearance of the sky.


Indicator 1: Analyze various implications/effects of scientific advancement within the environment and society.

5.S.1.1. (Knowledge) Identify scientific changes that have affected transportation, health, sanitation, and communication.
5.S.1.2. (Comprehension) Describe how designing a solution may have constraints.

Indicator 2: Analyze the relationships/interactions among science, technology, environment, and society.

5.S.2.1. (Evaluation) Explain the interrelationship of populations, resources, and environments.

South Dakota 5th Grade Technology Standards


Indicator 1: Students understand the history and progression of technology in relation to the development and design of future technology.

5.NC.1.1 Describe the historical evolution of technological inventions as societies wants and needs change. (Knowledge)
5.NC.1.2 Report on the relationship between technological inventions and societal changes.. (Application)
5.NC.1.3 Identify ways people have adapted the natural world to meet their needs and wants. (Knowledge)

Indicator 2: Students analyze the parts of a technological system in terms of input, process, output, and feedback.

5.NC.2.1 Evaluate what changes need to be made within a systems model to accomplish a goal. (Evaluation)
5.NC.2.2 Evaluate how changes in a systems model affect the goal. (Evaluation)

Indicator 3: Students analyze the relationships and the connections between technologies in different fields of study and how they apply to communities.

5.NC.3.1 Analyze how careers have changed due to changes in technology. (Analysis)

Indicator 4: Students understand the purpose and demonstrate the use of the design process in problem solving.
5.NC.4.1 Evaluate solutions for positive and negative aspects in order to choose the optimum solution. (Evaluation)


Indicator 1: Students understand the safe, ethical, legal, and societal issues related to technology.

5.SI.1.1 Describe the Impact of unethical and illegal technology usage on the individual and society as a system. (Comprehension)
5.SI.1.2 Integrate personal safety precautions and etiquette while online. (Synthesis)
5.SI.1.3 Implement proper citation for a variety of information sources in created works. (Application)
5.SI.1.4 Describe how technology is affecting a cultures heritage. (Comprehension)

Indicator 2: Students investigate the advantages and disadvantages of technology.

5.SI.2.1 Evaluate intended and unintended results of technology. (Evaluation)


Indicator 1: Students recognize and demonstrate skills in operating technological systems.

5.CT.1.1 Personalize application menus and toolbars for greater productivity. (Synthesis)
5.CT.1.2 Key 15 words per minute using touch typing techniques from hard copy or typing program. (Application)
5.CT.1.3 Compare the difference between input/output devices and other peripherals. (Analysis)
5.CT.1.4 Demonstrate the ability to transfer between devices. (Application)
5.CT.1.5 Compare and contrast different ways of accessing commonly used commands. (Analysis)

Indicator 2: Students use technology to enhance learning, extend capability, and promote creativity.

5.CT.2.1 Use a spreadsheet application to create a product. (Application)
5.CT.2.2 Develop documents in design applications incorporating rich multimedia. (Application)

Indicator 3: Students evaluate and select information tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

5.CT.3.1 Compare and contrast the functions and capabilities of technology tools. (Analysis)


Indicator 1: Students understand the purpose of information technologies to communicate with a variety of collaborators.

5.CP.1.1 Collaborate with other students outside the classroom utilizing distance technologies to create a media-rich product. (Synthesis)

Indicator 2: Students use a variety of technologies to exchange information and ideas for an identified purpose.

5.CP.2.1 Select the most effective tools to deliver information and ideas in different times and places. (Knowledge)


Indicator 1: Students use technology to locate and acquire information.

5.IL.1.1Produce relevant information using advanced search functions. (Application)

Indicator 2: Students determine the reliability and relevancy of information.

5.IL.2.1 Apply a given evaluation tool to determine the reliability of an online source. (Application)


Indicator 1:    Analyze information from geographic representation, tools, and technology to define location, place, and region.

5.G.1.1. (Application) Apply longitude and latitude to find absolute locations on a map and globe.
5.G.1.2. (Application) Compare maps of different types and scales.