New STEM skills for summertime fun!

June 2, 2017


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Stay sharp this summer with some brand new STEM skills on IXL! We’ve just released new science and math content that covers the water cycle, magnets, quadrilaterals, and more. Get all the details below, then head to to get your summertime STEM on! 

New science skills

We’ve added new skills across grades 2 through 8, including skills on magnets, speed, the water cycle, adaptations, experiment design, and more. With these new skills, we’re giving students even more engaging, interactive ways to master key science concepts and helping them to think like scientists.

See the example below, then head to IXL to try the new skills for yourself.

Label parts of the water cycle (grades 5–8)

Students practice key vocabulary in this visual skill that shows diagrams of the water cycle in different landscapes, such as mountains, rainforests, and deserts.

New and updated math skills

With new and improved math skills across grades 3 through Geometry, there’s something for everyone this summer! Our new content helps students identify the different types of quadrilaterals (rectangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and rhombuses) and build algebra readiness with linear equation word problems.

Check out this example, and explore all of the new skills on IXL.

Identify trapezoids (grades 3–8 and Geometry)

This new skill helps students focus on and master the characteristics of a specific type of quadrilateral.

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All Comments (7)

Shourik Das June 3, 2017 at 9:20 am

Is there a maximum amount of questions that will be counted towards the contest for each skill? Thanks!


The IXL Team June 5, 2017 at 10:10 am

Hi Shourik–Skills that are repeated after they have been mastered once during the contest period will not be counted. And, no more than 50 questions answered by a student in a single skill (prior to reaching a score of 100) will be eligible. We hope this helps!


Shourik Das June 6, 2017 at 3:46 pm



jyba usa June 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm

can you please post mapping of envision math and ixl skills ?


The IXL Team June 9, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Hi there–You can find skill alignments with recommended IXL skills for each chapter in the enVisionMATH textbook here: If you have any other questions about how to use IXL in conjunction with textbooks, contact us anytime at


Mindy June 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm

why do they call them stem projects even tough they don’t include stems?? thx for the new skills!XD:)


The IXL Team June 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Hi Mindy, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics–in other words, topics covered by these new skills!


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