The positive energy is building! We're at a fairly "free” point, being that we've just passed Memorial day, and most summer courses begin June 6th on this campus. Most of the planning for BizTech Academy has been done by Christine Pigsley, Bob Voss and myself, and just like giving birth to a child, we're looking forward to the final stages—final curriculum development, the arrival of toys and supplies, and planning for meals and special outings—before the big day (June 20th) when our students arrive.
Two weeks ago, we sent information packets (photo releases, medical forms, teen behavior contracts, request for t-shirt sizes and such) to those who'd applied to BizTech Academy. We have 32 students enrolled, (10 Nanoscience Technology, 22 STEM Imagineering), however, at this point, five of the nano students only want to attend the nano portion. We're hoping to engage them fully upon arrival. We'll see if they find some of the entrepreneurship information that is embedded in the specific track is enough to intrigue those five to continue on with the remainder of the Academy once they've bonded with their peers. If not, we have an alternate way of working with those individuals to meet their needs.
Two students have even emailed me, wondering if there is anything they can do to "jump start” their business ventures before the Academy begins! Of course, this means that we've given them some resources ahead of time and a chance to explore a few business options. There's nothing better than an eager, but realistic , entrepreneur.
So, for now, Christine, Bob and I are planning activities, looking for obscure objects to "re-invent”, finalizing speakers, field trips and transportation, and hoping for a few weeks of sunny weather. Our hope is to blog frequently while BizTech is in session, so we can provide a few real-time highlights while the Academy is going on!