Eighth Grade Entrepreneurial Design Institute
The Entrepreneurial Design Institute (EDI) is a signature program for eighth graders at Shorecrest in which Chargers address community needs through entrepreneurial thinking.
After students identify problems/issues in their community, they will harness the power of design thinking, idea generation, ideation and action to develop a unique solution to a real world issue. Learning modules develop the student's entrepreneurial mindset, allowing them to have the freedom to add economic and/or social value to their community.
Students explore concepts and develop skills through both short term and long term projects.
By the end of the year, students will create a minimally viable venture idea, explore a variety of tools to develop the venture, and learn effective communication ideas through writing and giving pitches -- all while practicing the entrepreneurial mindset.
Goals for the program include developing a personal mission statement, an entrepreneurial mindset, critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. The course was developed and is taught by Middle School Curriculum Dean Chris Scoby and Head of Middle School Kris Grant.
The program will continue to expose students to technology as a tool to develop ideas, build empathy through human centered design, and teach students to problem solve and think critically - in line with much of the project / problem based learning on the Shorecrest campus.