Venture students present their idea at a start-up accelerator contest.
A team of Minneapolis middle-schoolers won a contest to sell a start-up idea, beating 10 adult teams, reports Beth Hawkins on Education Post.
The students attend Venture Academy, a three-year-old charter middle school that promotes entrepreneurship and includes a “maker space” where students can tinker.
Venture enrolls “a cross-section of the Twin Cities’ most disadvantaged youth: 45 percent Latino, 35 percent Black, 10 percent Native American and 10 percent white,” writes Hawkins. “More than 90 percent live in poverty, 28 percent are learning English and one-fourth are in special education.”
Students “design their own learning plans,” combining “hands-on experiences and online curricula,” she writes. “Last year its students, many of whom start out years behind, made more growth than all but one Minneapolis school serving the same grades.”