If only we had proof (or at least an example) that teaching entrepreneurial skills in Middle School leads to entrepreneurship careers later in life. Wouldn’t that be cool?
Well, read on!
I had the pleasure last year of being invited into Joyce Vogely’s Summit Middle School classroom. Summit students were going to be issued laptops. Joyce saw that as an opportunity to teach a little bit of innovation.
She set up a project where the students designed the procedures for how to store, care for, and keep track of the laptops. I came into the classroom to help the students do some brainstorming about their project.
I’m pretty sure they had brainstormed before. Check out how they papered the walls with ideas! They did a great job, and came up with a number of very clever and thoughtful concepts.
But that is just part of the story.
I got to know Joyce in the first place because she taught two students who just graduated from the Innovation Center’s Student Venture Lab program. Graham Bredemeyer and Scott BonAmi, co-founders of Roaring Mouse Innovations, were both taught by Joyce. They later worked together in a Project Lead the Way class, where they cemented a friendship that has resulted in a prospering business.
I say that Joyce helped fuel the fire that is Roaring Mouse. I know the relationship she has with these guys persists. Here she is with Scott at the February Jumpstart260 entrepreneur meetup, an event that Scott and Graham are co-hosting along with Ray Angel.
Thank you, Joyce, for inspiring a generation of young entrepreneurs! I can’t wait to see who else graduates from your classroom to the Fort Wayne startup scene!