There are many important lessons that occur each week as our students are in the process of creating their class or grade level businesses. As part of the process, students have begun to learn more about the ideation process of generating a product including developing prototypes and researching the cost of items to build the product.
Some questions to ask your kids along the way include:
1. Has your class developed a product to sell at the Entrepreneurial Expo? At this point most grade levels have a product idea that the class has agreed upon.
2. How did your class come up with this product or idea? Each class has a unique story about how their product idea was generated. This is not something the teachers developed, but rather the students took part in all aspects of the ideation.
3. What has been the most difficult part so far? Coming up with an idea that everyone can stand behind can be difficult enough, but there have been other challenges as well. I'd love to hear what your children have to say!
4. What do you remember most about the Expo from last year? What are you looking forward to this year? It's always interesting to hear what the kiddos remember the most- what their big take-aways were from an exciting event. And if their take-away wasn't super positive, it's a great time to refocus their mind going forward- think about all the parts of the process they have to look forward to (marketing, creating the product, selling the product).
Did You Know?? All of the grade level net-profits from last year's Entrepreneurial Expo follow the students to their next grade level and become their start-up funds for this year's business idea!
About the Author: Nicole Kruse is the Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute Coach at Aspen Academy. Nicole worked from 2003 to 2016 as a middle school language arts teacher before becoming the Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute coach. She feels that helping students create memories and watching students develop possibilities is one of the most worthwhile opportunities she's ever had. She loves that Aspen Academy teaches students to become lifelong leaders who think creatively, lead passionately, and live authentically.
She is from Ohio where she received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degree at Ashland University. She now lives in Denver with her husband Dustin, and their sons, Alexander and Owen.