Learning Blade for Tennessee
Our Goal: Increase STEM Interest for ALL Tennessee Students
The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is making available Learning Blade®, a supplemental STEM career awareness curriculum at no cost to all middle schools in the state of Tennessee! Learning Blade® introduces STEM opportunities to students in a novel format that demonstrates the benefits and roles of the careers in society. Learning Blade also demonstrates the relevance of academic skills to STEM careers and provides real-world examples of the use of math and ELA skills in practical situations.
STEM Career Awareness Program Now Available FREE to all TN Middle Schools
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 them the varied and compelling aspects of STEM.
The activities contain exercises linked to academic standards. This provides the teacher with valuable feedback on student skills, while demonstrating the relevance of academic skills in real-life contexts.
Learning Blade® has been validated as a supplemental tool for increasing STEM career awareness and interest by BattelleEd.
Implementing the Learning Blade® Curriculum
The curriculum is supplemental and can be implemented in any classroom, after-school or community program. Because the lessons are self-guided, students can work on the activities in spare classroom time, as part of a flipped classroom. Training and professional development is available, including examples of how other schools nationwide have successfully used this system. A typical deployment plan includes:
- Introductory presentation or webinar
- Signup for account at the www.LearningBlade.com/TN
- Set up students through simple upload process
- Teacher training via webcast (see our training calendar here)
- Deployment in schools