This past summer, Nicolle Panuthos, Academic Department Chair from College of Business & Entrepreneurship and Pam Levering, Entrepreneurship Program Specialist, partnered with Cecelia O’Dowd, Program Director for College for Kids (C4K) to provide opportunities for learning and exploration in the areas of entrepreneurship and sustainability. The C4K-Entrepreneurship Camp was offered to students ranging from Kindergarten through 5th grade and provided exercises and activities to build students’ critical thinking skills and creativity. Nicolle Panuthos collaborated with students and graduates from the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program to create activities and curriculum. Marie Rogers, SPC Business student graduate and winner in the 3rd Annual Business Plan & Elevator Pitch Competition, served as one of the camp counselors.
The Entrepreneurship Camp was featured at two sites in Largo and Dunedin: Fuggit Elementary and Garrison Jones Elementary. The camps developed were two week sessions with a focus on sustainable and social entrepreneurship, along with special focus on the three Rs of conservation: Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle. Partnerships with the Sea Turtle Trackers Inc., Pinellas County Waste Services, Largo Recycles and the City of Dunedin, facilitated student exploration and learning with field trips, hands on activities and real world examples of impactful solutions for the environment and businesses. The children were taught about the importance of solving problems that have far reaching impacts and learned how they could contribute at home and school. At the end of the week, the students submitted their creations to a mini-contest, and students were also given the opportunity to submit their creations in the annual Recycled Innovations Contest feature by the City of Largo.
One of our C4K students, Annabelle B., age 9, from our College 4 Kids Camp won in the Junior Innovator category with her recycled wind chime creation!
The camp is expected to be offered as an ongoing camp in the College 4 Kids program, and prospects for expanding the camp to additional sites and to include middle school grade levels are being reviewed for 2015.