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Community-Building with Entrepreneurship Education

Imagine a classroom without walls, where students work with local entrepreneurs to develop ideas that solve real-world problems. This is Big Idea Week, a community-centered entrepreneurship program that teaches critical thinking and brings STEM concepts to life for elementary school students. Started in 2013 in Brooklyn, the program is a collaboration between the DUMBO Improvement District and Alex Rappaport, co-founder of edtech company, Flocabulary.

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  1. Showcase an example of project-based learning that teaches STEM but also meets Common Core objectives. Our focus is on entrepreneurship, innovation, and STEM, but students involved also learn collaboration, brainstorming, and presentation skills.
  2. Discuss the importance of community programs in education, which broaden horizons for students and adults. Big Idea Week was designed to be an “inspiration exchange” between students and business leaders and enable meaningful collaboration.
  3. Make the case for entrepreneurship education, which teaches critical thinking and problem solving in a real-world context. Elementary school students make great entrepreneurs because they are curious, creative and confident.



Molly Cronin, Partnerships Manager, Flocabulary

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  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Core Conversation
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism in Education
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding
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