New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Did you ever build a lemonade stand as a child? That sounds like a unique start to more formal research paper but lets look at what we forgot in the pipeline to create the entrepreneurs of tomorrow which is kids by their very nature seek out opportunities to try new things; yet when we traditionally focus on creating structures to support the next generation of entrepreneurs we focus on high school to college age students forgetting we could easily lay some great foundations in an environment ripe to learn, create, and try new ideas. This paper will discuss how Tech-E camp exposed K-8 kids to a range of challenges that are inherent in entrepreneurship and engineering at an early age to already begin to set the foundations needed to be entrepreneurs in the future. We will explore how a one week camp can turn the traditional eight year old into an explorer ready to solve unique challenges, ready to learn on their own, develop focus towards an end product, solve problems as they arise, all while maintaining good communication skills and keeping an eye on the resources at hand. We will look at student and parent assessment of the process and look at future efforts to continue to develop these kids into tomorrow’s engineering entrepreneurs. First year outcomes of the project will be shared along with how strategies applied at camp could easily be integrated into a K-8 curriculum ripe with possibilities but lacking dedicated direction to develop essential entrepreneur mindsets.
Pitcher, M. T., & Espinoza, P. A., & Gomez, H., & Anaya, R. H., & Lugo Nevarez, H. E., & Hemmitt, H., & Golding, P., & Perez, O. A. (2016, June), WORK IN PROGRESS: K8—The Future of Engineering Entrepreneurship Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27017
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