Resources Overview

The following resources have been made available for instructors who are assisting rising eighth-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. Actuary - Hurricane Relief
  2. App Developer - Athletics & Body Systems
  3. Architect - Tiny Houses
  4. Backpack Designer
  5. Classroom Design Specialist
  6. Farm-to-table Restaurant Entrepreneur
  7. Rain Barrel Manufacturer

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 seventh-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: Actuary - Hurricane Relief

Driving Question: How can we predict the cost of future hurricanes?

Project Introduction: Actuaries analyze data and make models in order to predict the probability of the financial impact of uncertain events. Using their broad knowledge of statistics, finance, and business, actuaries help to collect and analyze data to estimate the probability and likely cost of an event such as the aftermath of a hurricane.

In this task, you will take on the role of an actuary who will be helping a non-profit organization to prepare for upcoming hurricane relief related costs. In the aftermath of hurricanes, nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross, have sheltered thousands of people, sent out emergency response vehicles into neighborhoods to deliver meals, snacks and relief items, and had volunteers provide emotional and spiritual support in addition to health services. In order to perform these functions, the organization is dependent on donations from businesses and individuals.

TDOE Standards:

  • 7.EE.B.4.b                 
  • 7.ESS3.1
  • 7.SP.A.1-2               
  • 7.SP.C.5-6               
  • 7.SP.C.7.b         
  • 7.W.RBPK.7-9
  • MP.3-5                       
  • SSP.01.2
  • SSP.06.1-3

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 2: App Developer - Athletics & Body Systems

Driving Question: How can we create an app that helps people understand the connection between physical activity, nutrition, and body systems?     

Project Introduction: As apps have become more and more popular, fitness apps are starting to pop up that help people track their activity and what is happening with their bodies. Many companies have begun to see the value in creating this type of app. App development is a technological process that includes the development of content. Content developers often work separately from the technology developers, so it is important that they are explicit about what the app user needs to know and how it should be displayed for them. In this task you will be helping to develop content for a new fitness app that will help people understand the connection between activities/sports, nutrition and body systems.

TDOE Standards:

  • 7.L.KL.3                    
  • 7.L.VAU.6
  • 7.LS1.1-5              
  • 7.SL.PKI.4-5
  • 7.W.PDW.4-6     
  • 7.W.RBPK.7-9  
  • 7.W.RW.10              
  • CCP.15-16

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 3: Architect - Tiny Houses

Driving Question: How can we create a tiny house that is more affordable and environmentally conscious than traditional housing?

Project Introduction: Over the last decade, the Tiny House movement has been spreading. A tiny house is a residential structure under 400 square feet (400 square feet is similar to the size of a two car garage.) The Tiny house movement is becoming more popular because it is more affordable, more environmentally conscious, and just a simpler and easier way of living. Simpler living means less stress and more time to focus on what is important in life.

TDOE Standards:

  • 7.EE.B.4.a                     
  • 7.G.A.1
  • 7.G.B.5                          
  • 7.RP.A.2.b-c          
  • 7.W.PDW.4       
  • 7.W.RBPK.7-9        
  • 7.W.RW.10            
  • MP.4, 6

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 4: Backpack Designer

Driving Question: What are some of the features to consider when designing a backpack for a specific person or audience?

Project Introduction: Your job is to design a specific backpack design based on the needs of a targeted user or audience. This design will be based on the utility, comfort and any unique geographical, historical or environmental needs connected to your chosen user or audience. You will need to conduct research in order to begin the ideation process. Be prepared to discuss the scope of your research, and the decisions that your team made in order to best create your specific design.

TDOE Standards:

  • 7.G.A.1                         
  • 7.G.B.5
  • 7.L.KL.3                   
  • 7.L.VAU.6
  • 7.PS1.1-2
  • 7.RL.IKI.9.               
  • 7.SL.PKI.4
  • 7.W.PDW.4       
  • 7.W.RBPK.7-9
  • 7.W.RW.10
  • MP.4, 6

Click here to view this project's task plan.            

Project 5: Classroom Design Specialist

Driving Question: How can we create a safer classroom environment for the COVID-19 pandemic?

Project Introduction: A school district is redesigning their classrooms to allow for social distancing so the students can return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The school leaders are looking for ideas about how to redesign the classroom while keeping all the students as well as the teacher safe from getting the virus.

TDOE Standards:

  • 7.G.A.1-2
  • 7.G.B. 4-5
  • 7.SP.A.2
  • 7.L.CSE.2
  • 7.L.KL.3
  • 7.RL.CS.4
  • 7.SL.CC.1, 3
  • 7.SL.PKI.4-5
  • 7.W.TTP.1.a-i

Click here to view this project's task plan.

Project 6: Farm-to-table Restaurant Entrepreneur

Driving Question: What are the risks and rewards for a restaurant to offer locally grown, sustainable foods?    

Project Introduction: Your region has many local farms that utilize organic farming techniques. As a member of a group of entrepreneurs who have spent a great deal of time working in the restaurant industry, you have been approached by many customers looking for a restaurant offering locally grown, sustainable whole foods. This concept has great potential, but also has great risk if you are unable to attract people to your restaurant. Many people consider healthier foods to not taste as good as foods they are more accustomed to eating in restaurants.

TDOE Standards:

  • 7.NS.A.3                      
  • 7.LS1.9
  • 7.LS2.1                    
  • 7.LS.PKI.4
  • 7.RPA.1, 3              
  • 7.NS.A.1.d
  • 7.L.VAU.6        
  • 7.NS.A.2.a-c
  • 7.W.PDW.4-5
  • 7.EE.B.3.a-b
  • 7.EE.B.4.a-b

Click here to visit this project's task plan.

Project 7: Rain Barrel Manufacturer

Driving Question: How can we create a rain barrel that is convenient and gathers water that is safe for a number of uses?

Project Introduction: Rainwater harvesting refers to the collection and storage of rain. This water can be stored and used to water plants, flowers, lawns and wash cars. This rainwater would typically be washed away into a sewer. By collecting this water, it can help conserve water and lower household water bills, as well as reduce stormwater runoff pollution. Many people are also looking at using this rainwater as a potable water source. These ideas are important for you to consider as you design your rain barrel. Your barrel does not need to meet every want, but it should be convenient, and provide water that is safe for a number of uses.

TDOE Standards:

  • 7.G.A.1-2                  
  • 7.G.B.3, 5
  • 7.PS1.1
  • 7.RP.A.1                 
  • 7.SP.B.3-4
  • 7.W.PDW.4           
  • 7.W.RBPK.7
  • MP.4, 6   

Click here to view this project's task plan.