Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham urges local middle school educators to access free STEM currriculum

NASHVILLE — Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) today encouraged local middle school teachers and school administrators to access free curriculum available to them through Tennessee’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Innovation Network. The supplemental curriculum, Learning Blade, aims to increase student interest and achievement in STEM.

“STEM education provides our students with critical skills needed in 21st century,” said Senator Gresham. “It not only helps them to excel in science and math, but gives them the skills they need to solve problems which will help them throughout their careers and lives.”

Learning Blade introduces students to STEM career opportunities and technologies through an entertaining game-based format. In this student-ready web-based system, the student pursues engaging missions that solve a problem such as helping an injured dolphin, building an orphanage after a major earthquake, or solving energy and transportation needs in a new city. To complete the missions, students must earn tools and teammates that correspond to STEM activities and careers by completing short academic exercises that expose the student to
interesting aspects of STEM.

Teachers can view reports on how students are performing on problems aligned to the academic standards. This provides the teacher with valuable feedback on student skills, while demonstrating the relevance of academic skills in real-life contexts.

The Tennessee Stem Network will hold two webinar to show educators how they can use it in their classrooms. The webinar will last for approximately 1 hour and is open to all Tennessee educators. The webinars are on Friday August 21 at 12:00 PM CST or Tuesday, August 25 at 2:00 PM CST. The links are: Aug 21 Session Link or Aug 25 Session Link.

“I hope that all of our schools will take advantage of this opportunity to access this important curriculum,” added Gresham. “It will make a big difference in helping their students learn these critical skills.”


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