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.

Upcycle Parts Shop will provide prepackaged, portable Innovation Kits of upcycled materials to each interested Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum school. These kits will be supported with 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.
Live sessions will focus on creativity, innovation challenges, instructions for product and prototype development, and leave room for student report-backs and pitches on prototypes. Non-VYEF schools are encouraged to contact us for details on how to participate (with the program and curriculum sourcing materials from their school).
The ‘kit’ model makes it simple for educators to implement and 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. With nontraditional school days and the potential for distance learning to be a part of the 2020 fall semester, Innovation Kits enable each student to have their own materials and access to online engagement, regardless of the type of in-person or online learning they engage in.

Innovation Kits:

  • Improve ease of access for innovation sessions and entrepreneurial lessons in classrooms across the region
  • Showcase a local example of a social enterprise business model (Upcycle Parts Shop)
  • Enable educators to utilize innovative thinking in ways that integrate into multiple subjects, can be used at their own leisure, and are accessible at their convenience
  • Decrease financial cost for staff to deliver innovation programming while increasing reach
  • Respond to educators vocalized requests for supplies, materials and hands-on resources
  • Demonstrate the value of materials all around us and serve as 'starter packs' for thinking about the waste stream as full of inherent possibilities

Areas of Focus:

Entrepreneurial Mindset Strategy, Design thinking, Networking, and Public Speaking
  • Dates: Mid-October
  • Location: Virtual
  • Fee: No Charge

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