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E-STEAM: Entrepreneurship STEAM program by Dave Smith

Nick Rindge

Nick Rindge is a Charleston native and lifelong educator who will be providing instruction on behalf of E-Steam in lowcountry schools.

We build businesses with groups of students to make what they are learning in school relevant in a real world context. We can work with nearly any standard. However, many teachers gravitate toward us to work with certain standards. A popular mathematics-based program has students apply their knowledge of measurement and making conversions within the customary measures of weight and volume through creating a recipe based product, like fragrant salt scrub or hot cocoa mix. Another popular content area is simple machines, where students learn about simple machines and then use that knowledge to create handmade toys that they will sell in a classroom toy store. A third popular program is a force and motion program, where students learn about Newton's Laws of Motion and then the students use that knowledge to build plastic straw rockets that fly up to 200 feet! Students measure and graph their launches and in upper grades can use the data to calculate miles per hour from feet per second, which they use to market and sell their rockets.

In addition to the main standard, students will also use persuasive writing through sales flyers to promote sales of their products and use design skills to brand their business by developing a company name and logo.

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