So you want to be an entrepreneur?
Think Dragon's Den but without the dragons and plenty of school time to formulate a brilliant idea and business plan. Partnering with Lucas Chang at Y2 Labs, Bayview Glen imbedded entrepreneurial thinking into the curriculum this year for Grade 8 students. The 40 minute class, introduced in September, was called PBL or Problem Based Learning. The students worked in groups to create a product that either addressed mental health or sustainability. Mentored by Lucas and Prep School teachers, the teams spent months working collaboratively on projects that resonated with them. The result was a wide range of ideas from turning garbage into eco-bricks to an app for the hearing impaired that links to a translator.
The Grade 8's hosted a demo day for parents and their fellow students. During their presentations, they outlined their product in detail, problems they encountered and a business model for the marketplace. The Q and A session provided another learning opportunity for the potential future business leaders to answer questions on the spot.