Constructor Lab
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The Epicenter of EdTech; Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurial Thinking

Location: theMART, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212

Engage and connect
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Engage and connect : Social event

Fee: $75

Saturday, June 23, 8:30 am–3:00 pm
Location: theMART, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212

James Gerry   Amber Heffner   Dr. Carl Heine  
Don't miss the unique opportunity to visit 1871- "where Chicago's digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs come to build their businesses". There is no better place to find this than at 1871 - Chicago's Technology & Entrepreneurship Center ( Join ICE-IL and the team from Illinois Math & Science Academy in a fun and unique space for a full-day workshop focused on Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurial Thinking Entrepreneurial thinking cuts across all subjects and connects what is learned in school to the real world. We'll examine the entrepreneurial mindset, how it intertwines with academic standards and impacts all learning activities. Instructional methods and curricular examples are demonstrated for grades 6-12 in STEM-oriented subjects & extra-curriculars. Lunch will be included. Transportation to/from 1871 will be on your own. Located in: theMART Address: 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL 60654

Fee: $75
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

*Define entrepreneurial thinking in the context of teaching and learning
*Identify ways entrepreneurship teaching and learning satisfy Next Generation Engineering Standards (NGSS)
*Understand Lean Startup methodology as a complement to the scientific model
*Examine effective models for teaching and learning entrepreneurship (curricular and extracurricular)


*Entrepreneurial Thinking
Knowledge and skills
Relation to standards-based competencies
*Lean Startup Thinking
Scientific Method
How Teachers Can Run a Classroom Like a Lean Startup
*Foundational Entrepreneurship Constructs
Stages of Entrepreneurship
Team Building (Play BOSI) BOSI Online Survey
Ideation, Design Thinking (Play Ventures to Vultures)
Market Research (Play BMC)
Development--Prototyping (MVP types video)
Pricing (Play STACKS) Website
Pitching (Shark Tank Dissection)
*Curricular Models
The New Business 101 (Barrington)
DropDot (Mentorship)
*Extracurricular Models
Lifecycle of a Startup
Monday Night Live
Power Pitch | News Coverage

Participants include startups working at 1871, investors and young entrepreneurs (still in school)

Supporting research

*How Teachers Can Run Classrooms Like ‘Lean Startups’
By Mary Jo Madda (Columnist)     Oct 28, 2015
* Copyright 2016 BOSI Performance Institute, LLC
* by Vladimir Blagojevic © 2017 Scale XL

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James Gerry, Illinois Math & Science Academy
Amber Heffner, Illinois Digital Educators Alliance

Amber Heffner is the Executive Director of Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®). Amber has a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Science in Counseling and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership. Her background as a coach, a teacher, a counselor, and a school administrator created experiences from which she draws from in her role today. Amber strives to empower educators with support, valuable professional development, resources and networking opportunities that support their personal growth to be the best they can be for students.

Dr. Carl Heine, Illinois Math & Science Academy

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