The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising fifth-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:
- School Food Activist
- Online Store Owner
- Marine Biologist - Sharks
- Ecologist - Invasive Species
- Creative Designer
- Erosion Management Specialist
- Classroom Design Specialist
For STREAM mini-camps, instructors will also receive the following resources (PDFs attached):
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: School Food Activist
Driving Question: How can eating locally have a global impact?
Project Introduction: The local food movement is growing across the United States. “Local food” can mean different things to different people but most agree local food is grown within 100 miles of your community. There are many reasons why buying fresh, local food from your community is important. People like to know where their food comes from and how it is grown. Buying from farmers in your own community supports the local economy, and the food often tastes better when it does not have to be shipped in from far away. Local foods can be purchased at farmers markets, farm stands or even directly from the farm through programs like Community Supported Agriculture boxes (CSAs).
School lunch can also help introduce young people to foods grown and raised in their local communities when local foods are used in cafeteria meals or students pack local foods in their lunch boxes. More and more schools are serving locally grown foods, with some even planting their own school gardens to help students make healthier food choices.
Through this task, individuals and teams will take on the role of a school food activist, raising awareness of the importance of eating fresh, local foods during the school day. The solutions you propose will support the local farmers and help students make healthier choices.
Project 2: Online Store Owner
Driving Question: What makes an online store successful?
Project Introduction: You are part of a team of entrepreneurs interested in creating an online store to sell a product or products. You will need to think about the consumers that will visit your site and determine the factors that will influence them and encourage them to purchase products from your online store. It will be important to create a budget for your online store so that your business can be successful.
Successful entrepreneurs do not create an online store to make money right now: Instead, they create a business to make money for life. Creativity is one of many business skills you will need to start an online store. You will be utilizing creativity when deciding what products to sell, the prices you will charge, writing product descriptions, coming up with ideas to make your website stand out, and marketing your online store. You will also need to research how you will get your product/s to your customer in the most cost effective and efficient way!
- MP.2-3, 5
Project 3: Marine Biologist - Sharks
Driving Question: Why is tagging sharks important?
Project Introduction: More than 30 percent of the world’s sharks are endangered, threatened, or vulnerable to extinction. Sharks worldwide are threatened by human activities such as overfishing, exploitation for certain body parts, habitat degradation, and sometimes, outright slaughter. In order to monitor shark populations, migration patterns and behavior, sharks can be tagged and monitored to help scientists learn more about sharks and their life cycle.
Understanding shark movement, behavior and location is very important to conserve our sharks. Tagging is an important tool in learning shark behavior. We can help to conserve threatened sharks by using data collected by tags to learn more about shark movements and behaviors. Tagging also helps us set protection boundaries around shark gatherings to ensure that fishing vessels are not moving into core areas the sharks are using.
In this task, students will take on the role of a Marine Biologist who specializes in sharks. The students will be charged with creating products to inform others about different species of sharks, their movements and habitat.
Project 4: Ecologist - Invasive Species
Driving Question: Are invasive species always bad for the environment?
Project Introduction: Newspapers and television news shows are reporting more and more stories about pets being let go in the wild and the problems this can cause. Recently, a giant goldfish was found in Lake Tahoe. Where did it come from? Most likely someone released it into the lake from an aquarium. Situations like this can disturb the ecosystem, and in some cases, cause harm that cannot be fixed.
Project 5: Creative Designer
Driving Question: What makes an item a best seller?
Project Introduction: As a new product designer, you need to create a new item that will be the hottest thing for the holiday season! You will need to research and find all the reasons why you think that this product will be successful! Make sure to think about the overall need for this product and what the targeted age group will be. You will need to develop a design and prototype that will be used to promote your new item. Hopefully, this hot new item will be successful and will be the first item that sells out.
Project 6: Erosion Management Specialist
Driving Question: How can the community help to protect beaches from erosion?
Project Introduction: Many beach communities are concerned about the erosion of their beaches. Erosion is the process of water or wind moving or breaking down rock, soil, or sand over time. Erosion is causing beaches to shrink or get smaller in some coastal communities. This is a concern because beach communities make a great deal of money from people using their beaches for fun and vacations. Keeping these beaches from eroding is important for the ecosystem and for the community. Weather patterns, storm surges, and heavy waves can all increase coastal erosion. These communities are looking for strategies to protect their beaches and to minimize erosion.
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Project 7: Classroom Design Specialist
Driving Question: What makes a great learning environment?
Project Introduction: A school district is re-designing one of their elementary schools. The school leaders are looking for ideas about how to re-design the classroom. Having comfortable furniture and spaces for students to work and learn is important. They also want this classroom to be an inviting space where students enjoy spending time. It will also be important to think about spaces for students to work together in groups.
- MP.2-4, 6-8