|Source: ASIDE, 2014 - RPH Recycle Water Bottle Holders|
Even in the May issue of Leading and Learning With Technology from ISTE, almost every article on maker, flip, STEM, and coding justifies these teaching approaches with a qualifier that kids who have access to these programs do better on standardized tests. Is that what matters? Are all programs to be judged on how well they perform on standardized tests, or do we want programs that demonstrate raw critical thinking that pushes kids out of their comfort zones to engage with material, design what they want, and try to market it to the hilt?
|Source: ASIDE, 2014 - Stress Squishy|
|Source: ASIDE, 2014 - Point Protection|
Well, it’s one of the highlights of their middle school years, because we allow them to time to develop their genius. No, not the genius we often associate with intelligence, but the one that Rick Ackerly refers to in his book, The Genius in Every Child: Encouraging Character, Curiosity, and Creativity in Children. It’s when we partner with our learners’ genius “to create conditions for self-actualization.” The sky is the limit as long as you can justify your idea and cost, and build a prototype to make sure it works.
Watching these kids go out on limb and take a chance on their ideas is a critical skill not only for this project, but also for life. Some of the highlights are scattered through this post, and many of these young entrepreneurs were determined to bring their ideas to market their way. Make or lose money, their determination can be fierce. For these young entrepreneurs, it did not matter if they had it wrong. It’s all part of the process, and we've yet to see passion not win out. Seeing it all come together at the entrepreneur fair is the most rewarding, and sometimes emotional, eureka moment. They get it.
|Source: ASIDE, 2014 - Smart Soap|
|Source: ASIDE, 2014 - E & V's Stylish Stands|
For more resources, please see:
- PBL: Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Design
- Inspiring Entrepreneurship in Kids
- Young Entrepreneurs Step Up
- Entrepreneurship Is Elementary
- What It Takes To Be A Genius