The Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum is partnering with Upcycle Parts Shop, a leader in sustainable arts and crafts supplies, to present a unique, engaging hybrid mini-hackathon model called Upcycle: Enterprise.
With nontraditional school days and the potential for distance learning to be a part of the school year, Upcycle: Enterprise provides online instruction from Upcycle staff, led by an introduction to the model of social enterprise, the concept of upcycling and creative reuse, and how the business model works as a preliminary case study for students to learn from. Sessions will focus on creativity, innovation challenges, instructions for product and prototype development, and leave room for student report-backs and pitches on prototypes.
The model has been successfully utilized at the ThinkBIG! Summit, in partnership with St. Ed’s High School’s Innovation Institute, as well as in individual classrooms. Educators who have welcomed Upcycle into their classrooms have expressed appreciation for the prepackaged supplies/materials that are already collected and separated for students/student groups, and are accompanied with prompts, lessons, challenges and opportunities for innovative learning.