Resources Overview

The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising sixth-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. Aircraft Designer
  2. Aquarium Designer
  3. Chef
  4. Event Planner Powwow
  5. Pizza Shop Owner
  6. Rain Barrel Manufacturer
  7. Tiny Houses - Business Owner

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 fifth-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: Aircraft Designer

Driving Question: How does the design of an airplane affect its motion?

Project Introduction: As an engineer, you are going to be designing, building and testing model airplanes. The purpose of your work is to experiment with different engineering ideas. You will need to find the best way to use and combine different materials to meet certain goals. The goal is to design three airplanes: one to fly the fastest, one to fly the farthest and one to fly the longest. There are several scientific factors related to motion that you could use. After your testing, you will then present your designs to a company that is interested in buying airplanes.

TDOE Standards:

  • 5.ETS.1.1-3
  • 5.G.B.3
  • 5.MD.B.2
  • 5.NF.A.1-2
  • 5.PS2.1-3,5
  • 5.SL.PKI.4
  • 5.W.PDW.4-5
  • 5.W.RW.10
  • AIT.1-4
  • CC.3
  • MP.3, 6

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 2: Aquarium Designer

Driving Question: What factors must be considered when designing an aquarium?

Project Introduction: As a new designer with a background in aquatic habitats, you want to win over the design and production team of the hottest new interior design firm in the northeast United States. They want to hire someone who will add creativity and innovation to their production and design team. In order to be hired, you will have to create a model of a unique aquarium that can be maintained in a residential home or a commercial facility. You will also need to estimate the cost to create the full-size tank. You will also be asked to create various aquarium designs for which a specific volume has been requested by the consumers.

TDOE Standards:

  • 5.ETS.1.1-3
  • 5.ETS2.1
  • 5.FL.VA.7c
  • 5.MD.C.3.a-b
  • 5.MD.C.4
  • 5.MD.C.5.a-c
  • 5.RI.IKI.7
  • 5.SL.PKI.4-6
  • 5.W.PDW.4
  • 5.W.RBPK.7-9
  • AIT.1-4
  • CC.3
  • FCO.1
  • MP.1-4

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 3: Chef

Driving Question: What do we need to consider to create an excellent menu?

Project Introduction: Your culinary team has been selected to create a new gourmet menu for a food network star's newest restaurant. Not only will you be creating the menu, but you will also be selecting the location for this new hot spot! The food network star would like to open a new restaurant somewhere in the United States that will be featuring the local agriculture.

TDOE Standards:

  • 5.NBT.B.6-7
  • 5.RI.IKI.7
  • 5.W.PDW.4-5
  • 5.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 5.W.RW.10
  • AIT.1-4
  • CC.3
  • MP.1, 3

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 4: Event Planner Powwow

Driving Question: How do the culture and arts of indigenous Americans apply to our lives today?

Project Introduction: A Powwow is a celebration of American Indian culture. During a powwow, Native Americans gather for the purpose of honoring the traditions of their ancestors. It is a cultural event that features group singing and dancing by men, women and children.

Powwows take place over a period of one to four days and often draw dancers, singers, artists, and traders from hundreds of miles away. Native Americans, as well as non-Native Americans are welcome to attend to experience and learn about the native American traditions.

Powwows are a great way to experience Native American culture. At a Powwow you can experience dancing, singing, foods, and crafts. Skilled Native American craftsmen attend various Powwows to display and sell their handmade goods, which include arts and crafts such as jewelry, pottery, moccasins, ribbon shirts, shawls, dream catchers, and paintings.

TDOE Standards:

  • 5.NBT.B.7
  • 5.NF.A.1-2
  • 5.NF.B.3
  • 5.NF.B.4.a-b
  • 5.NF.B.6
  • 5.NF.B.7.a-c
  • 5.OA.A.1-2
  • SSP.01.2
  • SSP.04.1
  • SSP.05.2-3
  • SSP.06.1-4

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 5: Pizza Shop Owner

Driving Question: What makes a business profitable?

Project Introduction: Americans love pizza so much that they eat about 350 slices of pizza per second! In this task, you will be opening a pizza shop in your local town. You are not the only pizza place in town so you want to make sure your shop stands out from the rest. In addition to making different types of pizzas, advertising and customer service will play a role in getting and retaining customers and running a profitable business. Most importantly, you will need to find a way to deliver your pizzas in the most efficient way while also keeping the product hot and tasty!

TDOE Standards:

  • 5.ETS1.1-3
  • 5.FL.VA.7c
  • 5.G.A.1-2
  • 5.MD.C.5.a-b
  • 5.NBT.B.5, 7
  • 5.NF.B.4.a-b
  • 5.NF.B.6
  • 5.OA.B.3.a-b
  • 5.RI.IKI.7
  • 5.RI.KID.1
  • 5.RL.KID.1
  • 5.SL.PKI.5-6
  • 5.W.PDW.4-5
  • 5.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 5.W.RW.10
  • MP.1-2

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 6: Rain Barrel Manufacturer

Driving Question: Why is water conversation important?

Project Introduction: Rain barrels are used to collect and store rainwater. Collected rainwater can be stored and used later on to water plants and lawns. It can also be used to wash cars. By collecting this water and using it later, people can reduce the amount of water they need. Reusing rainwater can also help lower household water bills. Collecting rainwater is good for the environment too. When rainwater is not collected, it washes over lawns, sidewalks and roads, picking up dirt and other pollution and dropping it in our sewers. By collecting rainwater, we are recycling and reducing the pollution of our water.

TDOE Standards:

  • 5.ETS1.1-3
  • 5.ETS2.1
  • 5.FL.VA.7c
  • 5.MD.C.3.a-b
  • 5.MD.C.4
  • 5.MD.C.5.a-c
  • 5.SL.PKI.4-6
  • 5.W.PDW.4-5
  • 5.W.RW.10
  • AIT.1-4
  • CC.3

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 7: Tiny Houses - Business Owner

Driving Question: How can we design a tiny house that meets the needs of people with disabilities?

Project Introduction: For the past 50 years, American home sizes have been getting bigger and bigger. However, some people are choosing to live in smaller homes to save money, have less impact on the environment, and live a simpler life. Some are even choosing to live in tiny houses, which are homes that are 400 square feet or less. Tiny houses are becoming popular for people with specific needs. One group that can benefit from the tiny house movement are people with disabilities. People with disabilities often struggle to find affordable and wheelchair accessible housing. Through this task, individuals and teams will take on the role of a tiny house business owner, specializing in tiny houses for people with disabilities. The solutions you propose will make affordable home ownership possible for people who may otherwise struggle to find a place to live.

TDOE Standards:

  • 5.ETS1.1-3
  • 5.NBT.A.4
  • 5.NBT.B.5, 7
  • 5.NF.B.4.a-b
  • 5.NF.B.5.a-b
  • 5.NF.B.6
  • 5.RI.IKI.7
  • 5.SL.CC.2-3
  • 5.SL.PKI.5
  • 5.W.PDW.4-6
  • 5.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 5.W.RW.10
  • MP.2, 5, 6

Click here to view this project's task plan.