Resources Overview

The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising fourth-grade students during this year's STREAM mini-camps. Using Defined Learning's educational platform, instructors will be provided with seven problem-based learning opportunities ("projects") for students that are aligned to TDOE core content learning standards. All projects include an introduction to a real-life career, a driving question, a project task plan, and options for instructors to choose the tasks that students complete. Specific projects include:  

  1. Weather Reporter - Reducing the Impact of Severe Weather
  2. Toy Designer - Creating Toys Using Physical Science
  3. Market Researcher - U.S. Regions
  4. Ice Cream Company Co-Owner
  5. Backpack Product Designer
  6. Carnival Game Designer
  7. Design Architect - Fun Zone

For STREAM mini-camps, instructors will also receive the following resources (PDFs attached):

  1. A document containing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the resources available for STREAM mini-camps.
  2. A step-by-step project implementation guide that shows how instructors can incorporate projects into their daily lessons.
Projects available for third-grade students.

Accessing these Resources

These resources have been provided to all Tennessee counties for this year's STREAM mini-camps free of charge. An instructor's method of accessing the Defined Learning platform is based on the county that the instructor will be teaching in for the summer. The steps for accessing the Defined Learning platform are available below: 

  1. Find your district by clicking on this link. You will be taken to a Google Sheets document that includes how each district will access the Defined Learning platform.
  2. If there is text in the "Access" column (i.e., Google Login, ClassLink or Clever), this indicates that your district will access Defined Learning through an alternative sign-on method. Click on the link that accompanies the text in the "Access" column and try to login to the Defined Learning platform via that method. 
  3. If you are unable to access your account through the alternative sign-on method OR if there is nothing in the "Access" column, then you can create an account by clicking on the text that reads "Create a Defined Learning User Account" that is in the same row as your district name. This will open a link that allows you to create your unique UserName/ Password combination to login to Defined Learning. Please note that you can only have one Defined Learning account associated with an email address. 

If there are any problems accessing Defined Learning, please reach out to Julie Gagne, Implementation Director for Defined Learning, at julie_gagne@definedlearning.com

Defined Learning will also be hosting several Zoom sessions through the end of May to answer any questions that instructors may have about the Defined Learning platform. Click here to be taken to a Google Doc that contains a list of these Zoom sessions by date/time.

Project 1: Weather Reporter - Reducing the Impact of Severe Weather

Driving Question: How can weather reporters help keep people safe?

Project Introduction: Your job as a weather reporter is to study patterns of weather that happen at different times of year. This is to help make predictions about weather that might happen in the future. It is important for you to share this information with the people living in your region so they also know what kinds of weather are possible and how they can stay safe if bad weather happens. You will be helping to educate your school community about the weather and how to prepare. Your goal will be to educate the school community about weather and safety procedures. You will be working as a team of weather reporters that will be reporting the daily weather and researching different types of bad weather that can affect your area. You will help design and organize storm drills that will help prepare your school community to be ready if severe weather were to occur during the school day. It is important to know the weather because it could affect your school day and any after-school activities.

TDOE Standards:

  • 3.ESS2.3
  • 3.ESS3.2             
  • 3.FL.VA.7c
  • 3.MD.A.1
  • 3.MD.B.3                
  • 3.NBT.A.2               
  • 3.OA.B.5
  • 3.SL.PKI.4, 6          
  • 3.W.PDW.4          
  • 3.W.RBPK.7-8
  • 3.W.RW.10
  • MP.6    

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 2: Toy Designer - Creating Toys Using Physical Science

Driving Question: Why are some toys more popular than others?

Project Introduction: Toys are designed for children of all ages. Each year new ideas and new toys become available for children, encouraging them to have fun and often to learn something about themselves and/or the world around them. You will be working on a toy design team that is responsible for designing a new toy that uses concepts of physical science that is not only fun and exciting, but educational as well.

TDOE Standards:

  • 3.ETS1.1
  • 3.PS3.1
  • 3.SL.CC.1, 3
  • 3.SL.PKI.5-6
  • 3.W.PDW.4-6
  • 3.W.TP.2

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 3: Market Researcher - U.S. Regions

Driving Question: How can a specific region make some businesses successful?

Project Introduction: When companies want to open a new business or store, they have to think about where to do it. Learning about different regions is the first thing the company will need to do. If they want to open a business somewhere, they have to make sure the location has the resources they need. They may want to look at the land features in a region. They will also have to make sure the weather and climate of the region are appropriate.

In this task, you work for a market research company that can find out all of this information about different regions in the United States. Other companies will be counting on you and your team to get them the information they need about different locations. Based on what you tell them, they can decide where to start a new business or open a new store. 

TDOE Standards:

  • 3.CCP.1
  • 3.ESS2.4                       
  • 3.LS4.3
  • 3.W.PDW.4, 6        
  • 3.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 3.W.RW.10
  • AIT.1-4
  • CC.3                             
  • FCO.1                          
  • SSP.01.2
  • SSP.06.2, 5     
  • SSP.3.01, 03, 08
  • SSP.3.11     

Click here to view this project's task plan.                

Project 4: Ice Cream Company Co-Owner

Driving Question: Can ice cream be healthy and still taste good?

Project Introduction: Schools want to have healthy food for their students. It is also important that the healthy food tastes good. All the foods in the cafeteria must be approved by the School Board. You and your team are creating a healthier ice cream and are hoping the school board will let you sell it in school cafeterias.

TDOE Standards:

  • 3.ETS1.1-2
  • 3.FL.VA.7c             
  • 3.OA.A.1-4
  • 3.OA.C.7                    
  • 3.OA.D.8
  • 3.SL.PKI.4
  • 3.W.PDW.4          
  • 3.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 3.W.RW.10          
  • AIT.1-4                            
  • CC.3

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 5: Backpack Product Designer

Driving Question: Why aren’t all backpacks designed the same?

Project Introduction: You are a backpack designer working for a backpack company. Your goal is to design a new unique backpack that will stand out in a crowd. The backpack company you work for will be anxious to see your new design so they can start the manufacturing. You will start by drawing a sketch of your design then you will create a prototype that you can present to the company.

TDOE Standards:

  • 3.ETS1.1
  • 3.FL.VA.7c
  • 3.MD.A.2
  • 3.MD.B.4
  • 3.MD.C.5.a, b                  
  • 3.MD.C.6                  
  • 3.MD.C.7.a, b, d
  • 3.NBT.A.1             
  • 3.SL.PKI.4, 6
  • 3.W.PDW.4         
  • 3.W.RBPK.7-9       
  • 3.W.RW.10                
  • AIT.1-4                             
  • CC.3
  • MP.1

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 6: Carnival Game Designer

Driving Question: How can we design a fair carnival game using simple machines or magnets?

Project Introduction: Fairs, festivals and carnivals are celebrated all around the world. Some are designed to celebrate holidays or to commemorate special events. Others are designed to raise money.

Most carnivals have games of chance or skill. People pay money or use a ticket to play a game with the hope of winning a prize. Games can be simple, such as a ring toss, or complex such as a dunk tank. Many games use concepts of force, motion, magnetism and simple machines. Through this task, individuals and teams will take on the role of a carnival game designer, creating, testing and building a carnival game that uses a simple machine or magnet to operate. The game must operate consistently and fairly and be fun for all ages to play.

TDOE Standards:

  • 3.ETS1.1
  • 3.PS1.3
  • 3.PS3.1
  • 3.W.PDW.4-5
  • 3.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 3.W.RW.10

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 7: Design Architect - Fun Zone

Driving Question: What makes a fun zone fun?

Project Introduction: Your design firm has been hired to propose a new design for the Burger Queen Fun Zone activity zones. In the past few years, Burger Queen has noticed that not as many visitors are coming to the Burger Queen Fun Zone. They gathered perception data from their customers all over the world and found that the Fun Zone areas lost their appeal. The Burger Queen executives have asked that you design a new Fun Zone.

TDOE Standards:

  • 3.ETS1.1-2           
  • 3.MD.B.4
  • 3.MD.C.6          
  • 3.MD.C.7.a, b
  • 3.MD.D.8                   
  • 3.NBT.A.1-2
  • 3.OA.B.5                    
  • 3.OA.C.7
  • 3.OA.D.8            
  • 3.SL.PKI.4
  • 3.W.PDW4-5
  • 3.W.RBPL.7-8
  • 3.W.RW.10

Click here to view this project's task plan.