Entrepreneur program adaption for grade 6/7
My daughter had the opportunity last year to participate in a wonderful entrepreneurial training program at her school. Students in grade 6 were tasked with designing a product, writing a business plan (which entailed doing market research, pricing the product, etc), making the product, and then selling the product at the school fair. They managed money and reflected on their learning afterwards. It was a wonderful learning experience for her.
I observed the process with keen interest, being an entrepreneur myself. One thing I noticed is that many products the children made were assembled from materials sourced at the dollar store, and were for all intents and purposes 'disposable' objects. There was no question on the business plan about environmental impact- in fact, there was no consideration of the environment at all.
With the new BC Curriculum, all grade 6 and 7 students will be participating in a minimum of three modules under the Applied Design, Skills and Technology curriculum. Entrepreneurship and Marketing is one of those modules. The curricular competencies state that students will:
Even if the student does not choose to lessen the environmental impact of their product, the fact that they have become meta-cognitively aware of the life cycle of their product is important. We as teachers can but ask the questions, and it is up to the students to decide on what is important to them.
Karina Strong is currently a full time Education student at VIU in the Post Bac program. Her undergraduate degree is in Social Work and Small Business Management. She is a professional Circus performer and owner of Vesta Entertainment, a multifaceted entertainment company on Vancouver Island.