An online teaching tool has sparked the interest of students in math, science, and reading.
The online STEM learning program is called Learning Blade. “I like that it teaches you more about science, social studies and reading,” said 12-year-old Hannah Strobl, an Ooltewah Middle School student.
State officials are hopeful that Learning Blade will stimulate interest in STEM subjects among middle school students.
“It’s where the jobs are,” said Dr. Kathleen Airhart, deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education.
Chattanooga-based Thinking Media developed Learning Blade, as well as the computer gaming program driving the software in Tennessee schools and 21 other states. According to Sheila Boyington, a co-founder of Thinking Media with husband Dane, two more states are also considering Learning Blade.
Sheila Boyington, a co-founder of Thinking Media with husband Dane, said two more states are considering Learning Blade.