More Projects by Kids By Galit Zamler
Projects Carried Out By Kids in Schools that Educate for Entrepreneurship
This page is a continuation of the Kids Initiate page. In this page, we write about additional projects of students, children, and youth studying the Israeli Entrepreneurship for Kids (EFK) program. Some of the projects are social while others are inventions, and they all give the children the feeling that they, too, can realize their ideas.
As part of the entrepreneurship studies, the execution of a project designed by the students is important and promotes significant learning, while understanding the entrepreneurial process, not only in theory, but in practice.
The role of teachers in the entrepreneurship process is to serve as mentors that encourage students, show them the way, and give them the knowledge to succeed as well as cope with the difficulties that arise during the entrepreneurial path both on a personal and practical level.
The Social Initiative: Lag BaOmer activity
The social entrepreneurs: Third - grade pupils at the Yitzhak Navon school in Shoham
The idea was born out of thinking that instead of having a ceremony, we would conduct activities in which the students are involved and studied while preparing the activity.
The children decided to make presentations on Lag BaOmer that can include: the Lag B'Omer story, customs, a quiz on the topic, fun activities and at the end, a work-related to Lag BaOmer.
The teacher said that at first, she was not sure that the children would succeed with the project. But the desire to empower the class and instill in students the belief that they too can, harnessed her to help them in the process.
The children wanted to conduct activities for Lag BaOmer to grades 1st to 3rd, which at the end, the participants would prepare a fire on bristols by using a mosaic of colors, papers, and twigs.
The entrepreneurial process required the young students to think independently, to organize themselves as teamwork, and to act as a team in order for the initiative to succeed, as well as understanding that even if something does not work out, they can overcome it by thinking again about how to solve the problem.
The children were divided into groups, where each group was responsible for guiding the activity in another classroom.
Some of the students prepared presentations on the subject of Lag BaOmer, and some others took care of the materials-the two groups collaborated.
Teacher Dalit summarized the entrepreneurial process that the students underwent as follows:
"First of all, the students returned happy!
The brilliance in their eyes, the feeling that they did it alone and succeeded, gave them the feeling that if they will, they can.
There was fruitful cooperation between the various groups. Students volunteered to help other groups if there was something missing.
There was a group that was unable to upload the presentation and a second group gave it the Disk On Key with the presentation so that they could copy it to the desktop.
It was enjoyable to see them with sparkling eyes, happy, and with lots of satisfaction".
The Social Initiative: Buying games for the children's department at Tel-Hashomer hospital
The social entrepreneurs: Fifth graders at the Yitzhak Navon school in Shoham
The students of the Yitzhak Navon School in Shoham participated in entrepreneurship lessons for the first time in parallel to the teachers' institutional training.
The fifth graders chose a social initiative for the benefit of children hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Hospital.
The goal of the initiative is to make the stay of hospitalized children more pleasant and enjoyable.
The idea was born after a student whose mother works at Tel Hashomer Hospital told the class that there is a room in the hospital called "the games room" where there are various games for hospitalized children.
She also noted that there is a need for more games in this room mostly for boys and the hospital will be happy to get such games.
To buy new games, the kids organized a second-hand market at school. They decided to collect from all school students games/toys/puzzles/dolls and more.
The children turned to the students of the school, both in person and via email, which was distributed to all the parents with a request and explanation for collecting and bringing the items.
After collecting the items, the children "priced" each item for 1 NIS to 20 NIS.
Together with the school administration, it was decided on a day when the sale would take place in one of the Moshavim.
The children also took care of the marketing aspect: They advertised in the Moshav that there was a sale, presented all the items on large tables with prices and managed to collect about 1,700 NIS.
In the next stage, the children made contact with the manager of a toy store in the area, presented her with the goal and received a discount to buy new games and adding small "treats" she could give.
The students, in coordination with the mother who works in the hospital, came to the "games room" and gave the games that they had purchased for the sick children, in order to cheer them up.
The children summed up the initiative as a particularly successful, thanks to cooperation along the way between all the factors:
* The cooperation of children and parents in bringing items
* The cooperation of children and parents in buying games and toys
* The cooperation of the toy store manager
* The cooperation of parents in coordination with the hospital
* Parents' cooperation in transportation to the moshav, the toy store, and the hospital.
The technological initiative: Integrated washing machine
The young inventors: Sixth graders at the Hayovel School in Ashdod
Sixth graders at the "Hayovel" school in Ashdod, led by teacher Nili Arama, learn entrepreneurship classes.
The students thought of the need for young people wash their clothes. On the one hand, they do not have much laundry of the same type to fill the washing machine quickly. On the other hand, they want to wear clean clothes.
That's why came the idea to prepare a model of washing machine, which in one wash can wash without destroying three types of laundry: colored, white and towels.
The safety project: Airbag for the student's chair
The young inventors: Sixth graders at the "Hayovel" School in Ashdod
The entrepreneurial students are familiar with the phenomenon in which children swing on the chair and sometimes fall back.
These falls can end in disaster, especially if the falling student did not have time to stop himself and finally hits his head.
To prevent such injuries, students thought of installing an airbag in the back of the chair. So, during the fall the pillow will swell and protect the student's head.
The project: Bottle of shampoo and conditioner in common
The young inventors: Sixth graders at the "Hayovel" School in Ashdod
While washing their hair, the young students use the shampoo and then the conditioner.
In order to make it easier for them, when they walk and sleep outside the house, they would like one bottle. In which one side being shampoo and the other a hair conditioner.
After looking for such a product and not finding it, they decided to develop one on their own. Like the one in the picture.
The environmental initiative: Planting plants in public areas
The entrepreneur children: A green initiative group in Be'eri school in Netanya
"Be'eri" school educates for green initiatives and personal empowerment.
The green initiative group in the school, led by the teacher Sigal, went out to the public park in Weizman St. and planted seedlings.
The initiative was executed with the cooperation of the Administration Wing of Districts and Parks in the city, as a part of the Tu BiShvat events.
The social initiative: Mentoring first grade students
The entrepreneur children: Children aged 10-13 who participate in the entrepreneurship course in China
The Entrepreneurship for Kids Program is also taught in China.
Children aged 10-13 from china who participate in a entrepreneurship course in the Language School initiated an educational and social project, for the school's community.
The group of the young entrepreneurs planned a special mentoring seminar for the future first graders who are joining the school, in which the older and experienced students aid the younger to acclimate in their new school, share with them practical tips, and give out a special advice notebook that they designed and wrote themselves.
The Technological Initiative: Alarm that sprays water
The entrepreneurial Group: Children aged 10-13 who participate in the entrepreneurship course in China
The children thought about problems that annoy them, and one of them was how hard it is to wake up with the ring of the alarm.
One of the ideas that arose was to develop an alarm clock that also sprays water on us, so that those who find it hard to wake up in the morning - will wake up easily.
The young initiators programmed an alarm clock which contains a function of spraying water using the Arduino program.
The educational initiative: Mini Park World
The young entrepreneurs: Participants of the entrepreneurship course in China
The group of entrepreneurs, participants of an entrepreneurship course in China, thought of an idea for an educational initiative meant to illustrate the different geographic areas around the world.
The project's mission was to allow curious tourists from all over the world to be exposed to different places around the world, in just one place.
As part of the project the children created a model of the park, which resembles four distinct geographical areas: Ocean, Desert, Forest, and Polar.
The children built a simulation room which enables a peek to how the place will look and what activities it will contain.
Read about many more children's initiatives on the Kids Initiate page