The Bullis Entrepreneurship signature program prepares students to become innovators and leaders in a global marketplace that requires creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and resourcefulness. Students experience engaging activities based on real-world challenges as they learn about the concept of entrepreneurship. Lower School students will participate in age-appropriate capstone experiences.
- To provide an awareness of careers that people pursue, and provide hands-on experience (field trips, guest speakers) regarding a variety of careers
- To provide an understanding of the concept of "inventions" as a pathway to students' engineering solutions to common, everyday problems
- To provide a forum for fifth graders to develop an idea for a product that a small business can sell, and through which students create a small business plan
- To provide a forum for students to study philanthropy concerns.Students identify a cause they feel deeply about, and then research the related nonprofits
Signature program activities in the Lower School provide students emerging experiences that emphasize curricular integration, with a focus on literacy (reading, writing, and math). Lower School Entrepreneurship activities begin with a second and third grade focus on careers. Parents will visit the classrooms and describe their work and careers. The fourth grade students will conduct an "Invention Convention" in conjunction with the Engineering unit (EIE) Marvelous Machines, Making Work Easier. The fifth graders study economics as a social studies unit. The culminating project is an Entrepreneur Fair. With guidance from Lower School staff and the Entrepreneurship Coordinator, each child creates a business selling either a good or a service. In order to keep a level playing field, students obtain a $20 loan from Bullis as startup. Each student creates a loan application and a business plan, and they learn the basics of Excel as they track capital and consumable resources. In addition, they complete a rental agreement for the space, tables, electricity, and kitchen access in the Blair Center, an expense ledger, and a profit sheet. Fair customers come from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades, friends from a neighboring special needs school, parents, and faculty members. Profits are donated to a nonprofit the class researches. Guest speakers also visit the fifth grade to explain their business experiences.