Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Learning Ideas



(A brainstorming activity from the New Jersey School-to-Work Coordinators Meeting)

Social Studies and Entrepreneurship

*        Students set up a Small Town USA program in which they determine what types of business are needed.

*        Unit on the “Workplace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”; bring in pictures and describe, talk to parents and/or grandparents.

*        Expand on the “Workplace Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”, and note changes in Technology, Communications, Transportation, and skills needed.


*        Illustrate cost of products in 1900 versus cost of products in the year 2000.  Explain how wages are also part of the price.

*        Discuss the setting up of a business that reflects products from time past which can still be sold and how to market such products.

*        Map out a voyage, the ship is destroyed by a storm, and all survive on an island.  What are the needs and possible results?

*        Set up a government on the island and put together a plan for obtaining food, clothing etc.

*        Decide who will be in charge of the various jobs on the island.

*        Hold elections.

*        Field trip to see a recent new movie and discuss the reasons it has been a market success.

*        Envision an early American dry goods store in the West.  In groups have students decide on marketing, goods available, location etc.

*        Make a mini-store in class and students make products to sell.

*        Discuss development of a business plan.

*        Write resumes for yourself as an adult.

*        Offer job applications for students to apply for a job as a cashier, a marketer, an accountant, a manufacturer, etc.

*        Have students videotape a children’s show to demonstrate appropriate or inappropriate social awareness.

*        Set a reward or incentive program for students to use appropriate behavior.

*        Show examples of appropriate or inappropriate behavior and consequences of both.



Science and Entrepreneurship

*        Food science/product development: Study the effect of heat/temperature on yeast products.  Dissolve yeast for bread in three different temperatures.  Make the bread and describe the results.

*        Ecology: Students research an ecology problem in their school environment. They invite the ecology coordinator from their town/county to visit.  They develop an ecology plan to deal with that problem.

*        Study nutrition: Choose an important nutritional concept.  Develop an advertising plan to sell the idea.  Develop a product line of nutritional snacks and decide how to sell.

*        Establish and name a company that will market the nutritional snacks.  Organize company.  Identify positions and careers possible.

*        Nutrition: Students locate food ads in a magazine, mount them on index cards, and evaluate their nutritional content.  Make a bulletin board display.  Discuss the role of advertising in promoting nutrition.

*        Do bacterial tests around school.  Collect data and generate a report.  Sell anti-bacterial soap or wipes for students to use before lunch, etc.

*        Take a trip to a supermarket to study nutrition.  Analyze food labels.  Discuss how to make good choices for nutritional well-being. 

*        Set up a weather station in which students take weather readings and market results in some form.

*        Study crystal formation by making rock candy.

*        Communicate with local labs on the Internet.

*        Experiment with emulsions.  Make salad dressing with and without emulsifier.  Describe results, taste, etc.  Research on what emulsifiers are and how they are used in products.

*        Link with NASA to identify a science activity being conducted on Mears space station.  What will research conducted yield in terms of a business.  What businesses might emerge?

*        Collect flowers and plants to study.  Press them and make bookmarks to be sold at schoolbook fair.

*        Discuss starting a business that offers a system for environmental protection.

*        Plan a student-run service of water sampling.

*        Students collect, sort, weigh materials collected from school trash for one day (paper, glass, metal etc.).  Record results.  Collect for a week.  Describe amounts that would be accumulated over time, problems of disposal, types of businesses disposing of materials, and costs associated with trash.  Describe problems of accumulation.

*        Start a recycling project.  Collect cans, sell to a local recycle center.  Analyze costs and income per pound.

*        Structure a business format for the recycle project.  Identify roles of individual class members.

*        Invite business people to speak to students on science-related businesses.

Arts/Performing Arts and Entrepreneurship

*        Identify entrepreneurial skills for individuals who choose the arts, such as musicians, writers, artists etc.

*        Have students work with established playwright in a class workshop.  Follow up that workshop by having students attend the playwright’s performance.

*        Create a business selling/marketing “Practice Partners” for students proficient in some musical instrument that will serve as practice partners, giving guidance and assistance for students who are preparing for music lessons.

*        Students create a jingle for a product for use in a TV or radio advertisement.

*        Create attractive flyers, posters or web pages for musical event.

*        Use the computer art class to develop an ad that is attractively arranged.

*        Develop a logo that would be interesting, attractive etc.

*        Develop a logo for the school baseball team to promote this season’s games.

*        Develop Web Page designs for fellow students who are trying to set up their own page, incorporate logo, music sound wave, etc.

*        Create school post cards - students photograph various school scenes/activities, and market within school and community.

*        Create a display of art designs and sell to students.

*        Start a Birthday Party entertainers unit - Students will develop entertainment activities to sell to busy mothers for children’s birthday parties.

*        Market the idea on the Internet by designing an interesting web page on birthday party ideas.

*        Create a series of posters representing each department elective, to be used in recruitment.  Think of how businesses recruit, and apply the techniques.

*        Develop a package design and marketing materials for a product to sell.

*        Use the Visual Design class to create a web page for your school, business, etc.

*        Develop a TV commercial for your product.

*        Music classes work with history and art classes to promote a product.

*        Create and sell jacket broaches/pins.

*        Advertise the product through displays and flyers in school.
*        Create a new logo for your school, and run a contest through the school newspaper.

*        Create a TV or radio ad for your business using role-playing, audio and videotaping.

Math and Entrepreneurship

*        Analyze pros and cons of a business location, charting/graphing traffic flow and interpreting it.

*        Develop a survey of the market to sell a product.

*        Use spread sheets (Excel) to project operating costs of a business.

*        Examine business space requirements according to equipment and inventory needs, and draw up a plan.

*        Use the Internet to find the percentage of workers who have 401K plans.

*        Calculate cost per square foot of a given business plan.

*        Reconcile a checking account balance.

*        Analyze recurrent expenditures and forecast annual costs.

*        Discuss how competition may affect the price of goods.

*        Calculate costs of taking business into global markets.

*        Project future profits given expansion data.

*        Track stock market for 6 months.  Project profits over next 2 months. (Percent plus dollar amounts)


Language Arts and Entrepreneurship

*        Selling and marketing of a given book.

*        What should be included in the book to make it marketable?

*        Analyze the effects of supply, demand, profit, and competition on small business.

*        Visit local bookstores to observe and analyze their marketing techniques.

*        Develop a plan to sell a book.

*        Write want ads that promote.

*        Sell stock in the book publishing companies and follow the growth.  Chart it for several months.

*        Have students volunteer to come up with marketing plans.

*        Describe the process of starting a small business.
*        Visit your local bookstore.  Observe marketing techniques, have manager describe how they run that particular bookstore.

*        Write a business plan.

*        Create a marketing plan based on reading a book on media, marketing strategies.

*        Have students survey the student body on topics of interest (survey on hobbies/interests).  Then open a book club, selling books of the most interest.

*        Develop a PowerPoint presentation to sell your business to potential stockholders.

*        Develop a business plan and compare with other students ideas using the Internet.

*        Have each student write a career plan with values and goals.  How does that plan lead to being an entrepreneur?

*        Discuss how to sell an ad for the school newspaper.

*        Develop ideas for careers associated with marketing.  Ask a business owner to discuss his/her career.

*        Have students research a business or industry and write informational news release for the school newspaper.  Use the research for a term paper.

*        Create and design a logo for a business.  Research the potential clients.  Present findings, both orally and in writing.

*        Read the Dave Thomas books, (Dave’s Way, or Well Done).  Discuss it and also people they know who are successful entrepreneurs.

*        Interview some entrepreneurs in the community and share results of research in an essay, such as “Common Traits of Entrepreneurs”.

*        Plan a small business assistance group in the school.  Develop details of services and programs to be provided.

*        Have a career day where you invite 3 entrepreneurs to discuss their business story.  Have students write up key questions to ask them.

*        Have students study current ads and jingles to determine why they are successful.

*        Write to the local newspaper asking that the person responsible for their ads come to the class and discuss how to write an ad.

*        Develop a bulletin board display to show the various ads that have been developed.

*        Discuss the ads that catch you attention and decide why they do.

*        Have a mock radio program and write the commercials for it.

*        Develop a marketing plan to sell an item.  Invent a marketable product or service. Learn fund-raising techniques to start your business idea.

*        Have students fill in blanks of promotions they are familiar with.  Then let them write a jingle or catchy phrase that would help people remember a product.

*        Create selling strategy for a book report.

*        Research business opportunities in community.

*        Write resume of abilities.

*        Research the career opportunities in the media industries (newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, etc.)

*        Students could work together on illustrations to include in a book or report.

*        Write short term and long-term goals for your business idea.

*        Develop a concept paper, a brief description of your business idea.

*        Write out a business plan.

*        Have students choose roles to develop the business plan, i.e. record keeper, manager, pr person.

*        Research local small business activities and report on it.

*        Research labor laws.

*        Select a local business and determine what language skills are needed by the owner.

*        List qualities necessary to be an entrepreneur.

*        Develop a marketing plan for a local small business.

*        Students prepare oral presentations on famous entrepreneurs and successful businesses.

*        Explore biographical background of an entrepreneur that relates to your business goals, ideas.

*        Interview and job shadow a local entrepreneur in your field of interest.

*        Contact an employer who has set up his/her own business and interview the person.  Report results to the class.

*        Read Dave Thomas’s book and write a report on qualities, steps, etc. to success.

*        Research a business idea in magazines or books.

*        Give a written and oral presentation on research on businesses.

*        Research, via the Internet, locations that would be good to set up a certain kind of business.
*        Write an employee handbook.

*        Develop a resume, which would persuade an entrepreneur to hire you.

*        Complete job applications or compose them for a particular business.

*        Research the effectiveness of a commercial, logo, and business name.  Revise it based on results of market study.

*        Have entrepreneurs talk to class about mistakes made because of poor preparation in school.

*        Explore customer relations and problem solving as they relate to particular industries or areas of student interest.

*        Ask an entrepreneur to share successes and failures.  Then have students and speaker explore ways of building on the success and avoiding or remedying the failures.

*        Form groups that will help to write a curriculum for younger students to gain skills in creating a business.  Older students will identify what is essential and serve as mentors to the younger students.



           
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