6th Grade: Youth Entrepreneurs

Bringing Business Studies to Life *Nurture *Inspire *Empower

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Discover U + Youth Entrepreneur in 6th Grade

We believe education is about nurturing, inspiring and empowering our students through hands-on learning and a challenging curriculum. We want all of our students to walk away from Discover U feeling ready for middle school and their future. In 6th grade we will be doing this in a FANTASTIC way! We have partnered with Youth Entrepreneurs to bring our students a one of a kind learning experience where they develop the seven key principles of an entrepreneur.

With Youth Entrepreneurs, we will "focus on the application of an idea – an idea students can own. Our curriculum brings business studies to life through experiential learning, executed in real, market-based scenarios. We introduce economic thinking and strive to instill the moral character necessary for our youth to lead lives as thriving, productive citizens" (https://youthentrepreneurs.org/our-program/the-classroom​).
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Mr. Pitera is Most Excited About...

  • Market Days!! Students will design their own business and sell merchandise two times a year. Students earn real money and get a true feel for what it is like to be an entrepreneur.
  • Auctions!! In our classroom students will earn Explorer Bucks for the work they produce. We will have our own economic system in place. Youth Entrepreneurs provides me with a monthly budget to buy items the students are interested in for the auction. Some examples of auction items are: fidget spinners, books, games, a bike, a tablet and more. The cool thing is, the kids help brainstorm the items for the class auction. This will give students a true feeling of earning money and using it to buy items that they want.
  • Project Based & STEM!! The lessons that teach the 7 key principles of being an entrepreneur are taught through hands on experiences that include project based learning and STEM. These lessons are highly engaging and apply to the real world.
  • Our students will walk away with business skills and great memories that will help them be successful in their future.

Angela Makowski, Principal

Angela Makowski is honored to lead Discover U. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Arizona State University. Her work has been devoted to creating a positive, safe, caring environment where students are nurtured, inspired, and empowered as learners.