My daughter is in 6th class at the moment and seems to be really enjoying her last year in Primary School. This is in no small part due to the many projects her class are undertaking under the guidance of her teacher. They’ve undertaken a variety of research projects as well as the Intel Mini Scientist Programme and more recently the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP). I was lucky enough to make it in to the school for the JEP showcase the week before last and I’m so glad that I did. What greeted me was a class of 29 girls eager to share their ideas, evidence of their hard work and most of all their enthusiasm.
The programme started back around Christmas time when the girls were asked to each come up with an idea that they could produce as part of the programme. They then worked in small groups and each group chose one idea to bring forward. Some of the ideas included customised hoodies, smartphone speakers, bracelets and more …
Over the course of the programme the girls learned more about business and were visited by a local entrepreneur. Each team then worked on their idea before presenting it at a Dragon’s Den in the school. After the Dragons’s Den one idea was chosen for the entire class to progress with and another iteration of the process began. The class were divided into teams including : StoryTelling, Finance, Sales, Design & Production and Marketing. Each team had an area to work on and got to work. What blew me away at the showcase was that as soon as you stepped in to the hall, the girls were full of chat to tell you all about what they had done. The teams showed articles from the local paper, their ideas of the qualities an entrepreneur should have
their fab logo
and last but by no means least their fab bracelets
I’ve been going in to the girls showing them some IT concepts since they were in senior infants so it’s been lovely to see them grow into the confident young girls they have become.