Resources Overview

The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising seventh-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. Campaign Manager
  2. Creating a Superstar Music Group
  3. Food Truck Entrepreneur
  4. Graphic Designer
  5. School Lunch - Creating Healthy Ice Cream
  6. Storm Water Analyst
  7. Zoologist

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 sixth-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

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: Campaign Manager

Driving Question: How can we use persuasion to convince an audience to change their behavior?

Project Introduction: A campaign manager is an individual who coordinates a political campaign's operations. This includes duties such as fundraising, advertising, polling, and other activities supporting the person running for office.

In this task you will be taking on the role of a campaign manager for a person running for Mayor of your community. You will be helping him/her in the campaign including advertising, as well as organizing a fundraiser to raise money for the political campaign.

TDOE Standards:

  • 6.G.A.1, 3                 
  • 6.L.VAU.6
  • 6.NS.B.2-3             
  • 6.NS.C.6.a-c
  • 6.NS.C.7.a
  • 6.NS.C.8.                  
  • 6.RI.IKI.7
  • 6.RP.A.2.           
  • 6.RP.A.3.b-d
  • 6.SL.PKI.4-5         
  • 6.W.PDW.4
  • 6.W.RBPK.7-8       
  • 6.W.RW.10

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 2: Creating a Superstar Music Group

Driving Question: How can we create musical instruments based on the properties of sound?

Project Introduction: Your musical group has decided to create your own instruments. To do this you will need to understand how musical instruments create sound. You will also need to understand how musical instruments can create a variety of different sounds. Your instruments will need to make music that helps your group excite people to help you win the Rising Star competition. To create these instruments you will need to investigate properties of sound including waves, pitch, and frequency. Once you understand these properties it will be time to create your instruments and make beautiful music!

TDOE Standards:

  • 6.L.VAU.6
  • 6.SL.PKI.4 , 6
  • AIT.1 - 4
  • CC.3
  • FCO.4

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 3: Food Truck Entrepreneur

Driving Question: What decisions need to be made when creating a food truck business?

Project Introduction: A food truck is a large vehicle equipped to cook and sell food. Some sell frozen or prepackaged food while others have on-board kitchens and prepare food from scratch. Sandwiches, hamburgers, french fries, and other regional fast food fare is common. In recent years, food trucks offering gourmet cuisine and a variety of specialties and ethnic menus, have become particularly popular. These trucks can be found in any area with people looking to eat. Many of these trucks specialize in a certain type of food. You will be creating your own food truck and you will need make many decisions related to the food you will be serving, the truck, and your business strategies.

TDOE Standards:

  • 6.EE.A.2.a, c          
  • 6.EE.A.3-8
  • 6.G.A.1.                  
  • 6.NS.B.2-4
  • 6.NS.C.6.a               
  • 6.RI.KID.1
  • 6.RP.A.3.c               
  • 6.SL.PKI.4
  • 6.W.PDW.4
  • 6.W.RBPK.7-9
  • MP.2, 4, 6
  • SSP.01.2
  • SSP.06.1-2, 3, 5

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 4: Graphic Designer

Driving Question: How do mathematics and people’s perceptions affect the success of cereal box design?

Project Introduction: The design of cereal boxes is strongly connected to mathematics in that volume, surface area, and shape must be taken into account to create a successful design. Cereal boxes are usually shaped like rectangular prisms and the volume of each box affects how many ounces of cereal are in the box. Anytime companies design new cereal boxes they must consider how the mathematics and people’s perceptions affect the success of the product. In this task you will be investigating these factors as you create new cereal box designs for a company. Students may work with an existing cereal or create a new brand of their own.

TDOE Standards:

  • 6.G.A.1-4                   
  • 6.L.KL.3
  • 6.L.VAU.6                  
  • 6.NS.B.4
  • 6.RP.A.3.d              
  • 6.SL.PKI.4
  • 6.W.PDW.4
  • 6.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 6.W.RW.10
  • MP.1, 3-6

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 5: School Lunch - Creating Healthy Ice Cream

Driving Question: How can we create a healthy ice cream that is popular with students and school leaders?

Project Introduction: Schools are challenged to provide healthy foods to their students, while at the same time, having the meals and snacks be enjoyable. The school board can only approve a limited number of items to be sold in the school cafeteria, and they are hoping to approve only snacks with high levels of nutritional value. You are proposing that your custom-made ice cream will be approved by the school board and sold in the school cafeteria.

TDOE Standards:

  • 6.NS.C.5
  • 6.RP.A.1-2
  • 6.RP.A.3.a, b, c
  • 6.SL.CC.3
  • 6.SL.PKI.4
  • 6.W.PDW.4
  • 6.W.RBPK.7
  • AIT.5.
  • MP.2, 3, 6

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 6: Stormwater Analyst

Driving Question: How can we help people understand how rain gardens relate to the movement and impact of water across an ecosystem?

Project Introduction: You are part of a team of Stormwater Analysts working with cities and towns in a watershed. You will need to help people understand what a rain garden is and how it can help absorb excess water and minimize pollution in local rivers and streams. This task focuses on Earth Science and the movement and impact of water across an ecosystem.

TDOE Standards:

  • 6.ESS2.4
  • 6.ESS3.1 - 3
  • 6.ETS1.1.
  • 6.L.VAU.6
  • 6.LS4.2.
  • 6.SL.CC.2
  • 6.SL.PKI.4 - 6
  • 6.W.PDW.4
  • 6.W.RBPK.7

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 7: Zoologist

Driving Question: How can a marketing campaign positively impact human interactions with endangered species?

Project Introduction: Human population growth continues on the planet Earth. The planet has limited resources and the areas of the Earth that humans choose to populate are having natural resources continually used. As these resources are used up, humans continue to move further and further from their community borders to find new resources. As this happens, animals are losing habitat to humans. Additionally, humans are killing animals for a variety of reasons, many of which do not involve providing food.

Your task is to choose one endangered species and create a marketing campaign based upon the interaction between humans and this animal. Public service announcements have the ability to positively impact these situations.

TDOE Standards:

  • 6.LS.3
  • 6.SL.CC.1, 3
  • 6.SL.PKI.4
  • 6.W.PDW.4, 6
  • 6.W.RBPK.7-8
  • SSP.06.4

Click here to view this project's task plan.