My students need Android tablets to test the apps they are making with MIT App Inventor. Our Startup Tech course introduces kids to coding/programming and allows them to merge their creativity with technology and entrepreneurial skills.
My students are caring, creative, and are learning to snatch opportunities from unlikely places. We learn in a school where almost every student qualifies for free lunch. They overcome obstacles every day that no one should ever have to face.
Despite facing challenges beyond belief, my kids show up every day and grapple with whatever tasks I put in front of them.
For them, learning entrepreneurship is about learning about how the world works, where they can fit in, and how they can best take advantage of emergent opportunities. They take what they know about themselves, their communities and their cultures and turn them into exciting and innovative business ideas and opportunities.
Startup Tech is a blended learning tech-entrepreneurship course that asks students to identify ways to improve their world and to build marketable digital solutions using MIT App Inventor. Students create an original app that addresses a community need, develop a corresponding original abbreviated business plan and marketing materials, and present in a Startup Showcase expo for the chance to win funding and publicity.
MIT App Inventor apps only work on Android OS, thus we need some tablets so these kids can see their amazing work in action!
Teaching entrepreneurship changes mindsets, changes lives, and changes the world. We must equip young people with an innovator’s eye and a founder’s grit–the skills to excel in an innovation economy. And with economists predicting the jobs of tomorrow don’t even exist today, entrepreneurial skills are skills for life.
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