Entrepreneurship structures opportunities for exploration, human-centered design, decision-making and risk-taking that cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset while contributing to social impact.
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To learn about the entrepreneurial mindset, 3rd Graders hold three markets during which they “sell” wares they made from recyclable materials. The students also have time to “purchase” items at their classmates’ tables. As part of the economics curriculum, The Classroom Economy, students practice valuable life skills in an experiential way including earning “money” at three markets, practicing sustainability, making choices, saving, budgeting and understanding taxes.
In the ChangeMaker Club, Collegiate 7th and 8th Grade students work collaboratively to uncover and understand challenges on Collegiate’s campus and in the community. This group of social entrepreneurs is laying the foundation for a future student-led business that will solve problems and contribute to the community at large. Students are trusted to guide this ongoing process, ultimately creating a self-sustaining business with a positive impact.
Collegiate’s Robotics team, TORCH 5804, provides opportunities to practice an entrepreneurial mindset. TORCH 5804 meets after school and on weekends to design and build their FIRST Robotics creations to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition, billed as the Ultimate Sport for the Mind. Participating Upper School students take a design-based approach to meet the challenge presented by FIRST Robotics. All upper school grade levels and skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical.