EQ:  How do I distinguish financial truths (wisdom) from error to build financial fitness?

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Introduction:
 YOU! ARE PERFECT ENTREPRENEURS—You are creative, stubborn, often fearless, and full of energy and ideas. But you might not see yourself as an entrepreneur. Start changing your thinking NOW! Everyone has entrepreneurial qualities, although they may not define them as such. Entrepreneurs are ordinary people who often achieve extraordinary things. In the next few weeks we will explore what and who entrepreneurs are and the characteristics they possess. This will help you as you begin to explore your own entrepreneurial traits and abilities. YOU ARE FULL OF GREAT IDEAS and now it’s time for you to fully exercise your entrepreneurial spirit!
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Theme: YOU CAN BE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE
Topics: Passion, Know what you like, Motivation, Keep Learning

 This is a message we all need to hear! It helps to know your strengths and weaknesses, personality traits, attitudes, and values. The more you know about yourself, the more likely you are to be successful in your personal and business life. In this unit, you will explore some of the basic concepts of entrepreneurship—what it is, and what qualities are needed to be an entrepreneur. By understanding who you are (sense of self ), tapping into and being motivated by your passions, and developing goal-setting skills, you can discover their entrepreneurial strengths. As you learn more about yourself and identify your passions, your goals—and how to achieve them— will become clearer. You’ll come away with the belief that you have what it takes to become whatever you want in life: You can chart your own future!


EQ:  What characteristics make up a successful entrepreneur?

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Hackers
taking responsibility
Cal hacks into his school’s computers, gets caught, and ends up discovering that it’s better to use your skills for good than for harm.

Succeed No Matter What! ENTREPRENEURS SEE CHALLENGES
Succeed No Matter What! ENTREPRENEURS SEE CHALLENGES as opportunities and find unique ways around obstacles—they are creative problem solvers. Through the activities in this unit, You will learn to think about things in different ways and open up to change. You will explore how you feel about risk taking and failure and see that these are part of everyday life. Students will see that risks must be taken in a responsible way and that mistakes and failures often lead to success. You will come to believe that you can find solutions and succeed—if you keep trying.


KIDS ARE PERFECT ENTREPRENEURS—they’re creative, stubborn, often fearless, and full of energy and ideas. But most kids do not see themselves as entrepreneurs. You can help change that! Everyone has entrepreneurial qualities, although they may not define them as such.  Entrepreneurs are ordinary people who often achieve extraordinary things. In this unit, you will explore what and who entrepreneurs are and the characteristics they possess. This helps you as you begin to explore your own entrepreneurial traits and abilities. YOU ARE FULL OF GREAT IDEAS and now it’s time for you to fully exercise your entrepreneurial spirit!

This is a message we all need to hear! It helps to know your strengths and weaknesses, personality traits, attitudes, and values. The more you know about yourself, the more likely you are to be successful in your personal and business life. In this unit, you explore some of the basic concepts of entrepreneurship—what it is, and what qualities are needed to be an entrepreneur. By understanding who you are (sense of self ), tapping into and being motivated by your passions, and developing goal-setting skills, you can discover your entrepreneurial strengths. As you learn more about yourself and identify your passions, your goals—and how to achieve them— will become clearer. You’ll come away with the belief that you have what it takes to become whatever you want in life: You can chart your own future!
Theme: YOU CAN BE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE  
 
Be an Entrepreneur
What is an entrepreneur?
The whole ATB gang comes together to show what it really means to be an entrepreneur.
Bike Buzz: passion
Tyler finds his passion when he discovers how much he likes fixing bikes.
Show It!: sense of self
Brady isn’t a very good athlete but discovers he’s really great at sports photography.
Be an entrepreneur-id25 - 1 - Entrepreneur
Bike Buzz id01 - 2 - Passion
Show It! id02 -3 Know Yourself and what you like

An e_______________ is a person who starts a new business by coming up with new ideas, taking risks, persevering through challenges, believing in him or herself and identifying opportunities. Lots of e________________ give back to their communities by creating new jobs and encouraging other new businesses. Entrepreneurs are ordinary people who do extraordinary things!

Example: In the video "Be an Entrepreneur", the whole ATB gang comes together to show what it really means to be an e________________. They all have started new businesses by tapping into their passions, setting goals, accepting risks, thinking creatively and working together to solve problems.

P__________ is the thing you love doing so much you just want to do it all the time. Maybe it’s baking, making music, sports or writing. It’s such a driving force that it helps shape your interests and eventually your life. Once you find it, all you want to do is work harder, learn more about it, and keep doing it no matter what others think.

Example: In the video "Bike Buzz", Tyler finds his p_________ when he discovers how much he likes what?   ___________

Get to know y__________! Since there is only one y__, there’s no one else exactly like ________. Just like fingerprints are all unique, so are a person's interests, skills and passions. Once you tap into what makes y__ Y__, you’ll unlock the secret of how to enjoy your future and gain a great sense of power.

Example: In the video Show It, Brady got a better sense of himself when he learned about his strengths and weaknesses. He wasn't so great at sports, but he was awesome at what?  ________________. That discovery led him to a new and successful career.

     
Tru-D True :strength in individuality
Tru-D True wears his hair in wild styles, yet becomes a successful hair stylist despite the hard time kids gave him for being different.
High Winds: motivation
Lexi has loved flying kites since she was little, and now launches her own successful kite business.
Treasure Hunt: self-regulated learner
Justin learns new skills and turns his love of collecting stuff at garage sales into a new and profitable business.
Tru-D True id04 -4 Individuality
High Winds id16 -5 - Motivation
Treasure hunt id17 -6 Keep Learning and Practice your New Skills

When you have strength in your own i______________ you have already discovered your own sense of self. You know who you are and what is important to you. You know what you are capable of and what drives you. You believe in the power of you!

Example: In the video Tru-D True, Tru-D True loves wearing his hair in lots of wild styles. He is proud of who he is and what he likes to do.  He becomes a successful what? __________

When something interests you or you’re passionate about something, you want to know more. M_________ is the drive that makes you want to achieve a goal or conquer a challenge. That kind of m___________ comes from inside you—it’s called intrinsic (or internal) motivation. The kind of m___________ that comes from outside is called external motivation.

Example: In the video High Winds, Lexi loves the wind that whips around her tall apartment building and likes flying kites out of the windows. Her love of kites motivated her to want to spend more time making them. Her need to make a living motivated her to create what? _____________________

People who have a good education and know how they learn best have more control over what happens in their lives, so it’s up to you to invest time and energy in your own _Learning_____. Whatever you want to do in life, whether it’s playing the piano, being a pilot or a basketball player, you will need to _Learn____ and to _Practice_____. You are in control of what you want to do and what you want to be!   And just remember, hard work beats talent every time talent doesn’t work hard.

Example: In the video Treasure Hunt, Justin wants to take his love of collecting stuff at garage sales to a new level, so does what? _____________________ in order to turn his hobby into a profitable business.

     
Emotia-Caps
self-efficacy
Nickie works hard to turn her crazy new idea into a reality and rocks the world of fashion!
Bugged Out
I’m in charge of myself
Ally takes shooting video to a whole new level while saving a little girl and launching a new business in the process.
 
 
Emotia-Caps id20 - 7 - Self Confidence
Bugged Out id21 - 8 - Taking Charge / Lead
 

S ____ - c________ is knowing that you have what it takes to navigate any situation. It’s about believing in yourself and knowing that you are able to rise to the occasion, get the help you need, solve problems that come up and succeed no matter what.

Example: In the video Emotia-Hats, Nickie is nervous about being at a new school, but she has a new idea she wants to make happen. Can she do it? How will she do it? Does she have what it takes? Nickie taps into her confidence, draws on her resources, and does what?  ______________________

YOU are the one in c______. It doesn’t mean that you are bossing people around to get your own way; it means that you are not a victim and you know that blaming other people won’t solve your problems. Being in c_______ of yourself is about accepting that success is up to you. Success is controllable and connected to your own performance and willingness to try. So try out your ideas, don’t be afraid to commit to something—go for it!

Example: In the video Bugged Out, Ally has a crazy idea of getting a bug’s eye view by strapping tiny cameras on what? ___________ to see where they go. It fails and fails again, but each time she learns something new until she's able to make a successful camera, save a little girl and launch a new business!

 
     
Create Something Use CREATIVE THINKING  

CREATIVE THINKING involves looking at things in an imaginative way and making connections between seemingly different things. For a mathematician, it may mean seeing new patterns in a number problem. For a cook, it might mean adding a new ingredient. For a scientist, it might mean coming up with a new hypothesis to test. And for entrepreneurs, it means going beyond the traditional and conventional, and thinking about and looking at challenges from different angles. Entrepreneurs explore new paths and ask new questions. They see things that other people may miss. Their creativity helps them overcome obstacles, design solutions, and run successful enterprises


 

The videos in this unit help you investigate innovative ways of thinking and the creation and sharing of ideas (ideation). You will explore what creative thinking is, how they can think more creatively, and how to use their creative-thinking skills to recognize and explore new ideas. You will learn to identify opportunities to create new products and services that fill a need within the community.
Snow Pals
independent thinking
When Lexi and Shiloh discover that regular snowboards just aren’t working for them, they invent a board they both can ride and create a whole new craze.
E-Ship
exploration
Ethan explores new possibilities for using the Internet and creates a never-before-seen way for people to travel.
Hammocks
inquiry
Ally questions the routine chore of making her bed every day and comes up with a new idea that’s a huge hit with other kids.
Snow Pals id08 - 9 - Thinking Independently
E-Ship id10 -10
Hammocks id11 -11

T____ _____  I________ means that you can consider things openly and honestly and come up with F______ ideas without any judgment. When you are close-minded you have already made up your mind about something or someone and can’t see beyond what you think you already know. That can make it a lot harder to think c________, s_______ p________ and meet new friends.

Example: In the video Snow Pals, Lexi and Shiloh discover that regular snowboards just aren’t working for them. They put their heads together to i_______ a board that they both can ride, and they create a whole new craze on the slopes! Their i_______ t_______ also helps those around them see that it’s OK to be d_______. t_______   i________ can lead to a lot of success.

E_______ is all about looking harder, digging deeper, going where no one has gone before and trying new p____. Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done!

Example: In the video E-Ship, Ethan’s interests and curiosity lead him to explore the internet and create what? ____________________________

To fully understand something, you have to ask q_______. Why is something the way it is? Does it have to be that way? Is there a better way? Ask! The more targeted q_______ you ask, the more you’ll learn and the more successful you’ll be.

Example: In the video Hammocks, Ally questions the routine of making her bed in the morning. Why does she have to make her bed? Is there some other way? Does she have to sleep in a bed at all? In the end she comes up with what? ______________________

     
New Ideas
ideation
Josh and Jenna enlist their friends to turn their dinner-making duty into
a thriving home-cooked catering and meal-delivery business.
Charge It!
creativity and innovation
When the lights go out in their town, Tyler and his bike-riding friends create an innovative new way to generate power.
 
 
New Ideas id14 -12
Charge It! id15 -13
 

I__________ is a complex word made up of the two words that describe it—i___ and c_____. Ideation is the creation of a lot of new ideas in response to a problem or roadblock. Ideation is a great skill to have because it lets you realize that any problem or roadblock that you may come across is a great opportunity to create and gather new ideas to help you find solutions.

Example: In the video New Ideas, when Josh and Jenna’s mom is too busy to cook dinner most nights, the kids are faced with the problem of having to come up with ideas for good meals they can make for themselves. They know lots of their friends’ families have the same problem, so Josh and Jenna bring everyone together and come up with lots of ideas for getting decent dinners to all the kids every night. Their ideation and hard work help them launch what type of a business? ___________________

A p__________ is when two or more people or groups join forces to do business together. Usually it's a way to combine different sets of skills and resources and then to share in the profits of the business.

Example: In the video Charge It!, Tyler and his bike-riding friends put their heads together to solve their lack of what? _______  How did they solve their problem? _________.

 
     
Succeed No Matter What! ENTREPRENEURS SEE CHALLENGES  
Succeed No Matter What! ENTREPRENEURS SEE CHALLENGES as opportunities and find unique ways around obstacles—they are creative problem solvers. Through the activities in this unit, You will learn to think about things in different ways and open up to change. You will explore how you feel about risk taking and failure and see that these are part of everyday life. Students will see that risks must be taken in a responsible way and that mistakes and failures often lead to success. You will come to believe that you can find solutions and succeed—if you keep trying.
Hackers- taking responsibility
Cal hacks into his school’s computers, gets caught, and ends up discovering that it’s better to use your skills for good than for harm.
Corny but True - ability to embrace change
Cornelia has to find a new direction for her booming popcorn business when her parents move the family from the big city to the country.
Pet Rollers- risk taking
Zach needs to find a new way to control all the hair his pets are shedding—or give his pets away.
Hackers id05 -14
Corny but True id09 -15
Pet Rollers id12 -16

You have to own your a______—be reliable to yourself and others, work hard and do the right thing when you take on a task or a job. If you are r_________, you are really in control of the o_________.

Example: In the video Hackers, Cal hacks into his school's computers, gets caught, and ends up discovering that he needs to take responsibility for what he did. Cal makes up for his bad choice by using his skills to protect the school's computer system from hackers. AND he goes on to start What? _________________

C_____ happens. Nothing stays the same forever. Sometimes c_____—like a move or a new teacher or a new situation—can fill you with f___ and really close you down. But if you can accept that c_____ is going to happen, and really use those changes to grow, to learn, and to try new things, you can turn c_____ into positive new opportunities.

Example: In the video Corny but True, Cornelia has a booming popcorn business that she runs on the corner of a busy street in the big city. Business is great until she has to move to the country with her family. Nobody buys her popcorn and her business dies.  It could be the end, but Cornelia embraces the change and does what?  ______________________________

There’s always someone who is going to say “No” or “That will never work” or “You just can’t do that.” Don’t let that freeze you up. When you have an idea, take the r____ and go for it. It may not work, but if you take the r___ and try it, your idea just may work out!

Example: In the video Pet Rollers, Zach needs to find a way to control his pets’ shedding—or give them away! He tries lots of new ideas out and finally focuses on one. He decides to ignore the people who think his new idea won’t work. He takes a risk and creates what? ________

     
Skateboardin’ Gal
lateral thinking
Skateboarder Grace and sciencebuff Simon put their heads together to create an amazing new skateboard.
Cookie Crumbles
persistence/perseverance
Sales are slow at Jenna’s oncethriving cookie business until she finally comes up with a new flavor that’s a smash hit.
Reversal of Fortunes
problem solving
Zach turns a problem into a lucrative solution when he creates a new pack with wheels that can actually carry him.
Skateboardin' Gal id13 -17
Cookie Crumbles id19 -18
Reversal of Fortunes id23 -19

Sometimes when you’re trying to solve a problem you tackle it head on and come up with straightforward ideas. But thinking about the issue in a d_______ way may lead to a really cool solution you never even dreamed of. Try turning the problem around and looking at it from a new perspective, a different a_____. You will probably find answers and solutions you hadn’t even considered!

Example: In the video Skateboardin’ Gal, skateboarder Grace and science buff Simon each bring a unique perspective to Grace’s problem of having nowhere to carry all her stuff when she’s on her board. They put their heads together, look at the problem from different angles and create what? _______________

P___________ is the ability to keep trying to reach your goals and make things happen no matter what obstacles, distractions, and frustrations come in your way. P_______ is the ability to hang in there when the going gets rough. Persistence and perseverance are a dynamic duo.

Example: In the video Cookie Crumbles, sales are slow at Jenna’s once-thriving cookie business. She tries to figure out why, but sales continue to drop until finally, after much trying, testing and inventing she does what?  ____________________  Her persistence and perseverance made her successful again.

There are p_______ that arise every day: what to wear, what to eat, what to do, how to get your homework done or how to help a sick pet. Obstacles are everywhere and they are great springboards for new ideas. P_____ s______ is figuring out a way to turn the problem into a solution or an answer. Use your imagination—take a look at everyday p_______ and see if you can discover new ways to solve them. P______ solving can be creative and fun!

Example: In the video Reversal of Fortunes, Zach’s problem is that his pack is way too heavy. How can he carry all his stuff? Zach turns the problem into a lucrative solution when he creates what? _____________________________

     
Toast of the Town
learning through failure
Grace has a great idea and after many failed attempts creates the best thing since sliced bread.
   
   
Toast of the Town id24 -20
   

Every time you try something that doesn't work, you're one step closer to finding what does work. M______ are great teachers—they show you something about how to reach or not reach your goal. M______ bring you closer to success, so keep trying. New ideas don’t always work the first time around, but if you fail at something—and everyone does—learning from that failure and moving forward can be the secret to being successful!

Example: In the video Toast of the Town, Grace has a great idea—a toaster that burns your name onto a piece of bread. She tries everything to make it work. She blows fuses, incinerates loaf after loaf and tweaks her prototype each time she fails until she finally what happens? _____________________________________

   
     
Make a Difference in Your Community, Your Government and The World.  

Make a Difference in Your Community, Your Government and The World.  HOW BIG IS A KID’S WORLD? And how involved in it is he or she? The concepts in this unit help kids to think about where and how they fit into the larger society—with their family and friends, community, and world—and how they affect their world. The activities help them begin to understand their power as individuals, how they can make a difference, and that it is important that they participate in society. Kids will realize that they can use their influence to positively impact their community.

This Is My
Neighborhood
systems thinking
Amity finds a fun way to bring her community together and improve their neighborhood.
I Am the Government
participatory democracy
In colonial days Ben and his pals Tom and George put together a little document called the Declaration of Independence that calls for people
to have a voice in their own government.
Abuelo Park
community impact
Abrielle turns an empty lot into a beautiful park—making a difference
in the whole community and launching a career as a landscape architect.
This Is My Neighborhood id03 -21
I Am the Government id06 -22
Abuelo Park id07 -23

The s__________ is the big picture. Sometimes we get caught up in looking only at smaller pieces and we get a little stuck. To get unstuck what you need to do is take a step back and change your point of v____. When you do this you can get a fresh take on things. You can recognize patterns and connections, and understand that there are lots of small pieces that come together to make a whole, big picture.

Example: In the video This is My Neighborhood, Amity’s neighborhood is drab, empty and depressed. She looks at the big picture and decides to bring her community together and improve their neighborhood by creating what? _________________________. Once the business begins to boom, more businesses pop up as more people come and more jobs are created. The neighborhood is improved because Amity sees how it's all connected and takes the first step to make a difference.

Living in a d________ means that you, as an individual, have a voice in the big things that happen in your community and your country though they may seem way too out of reach. Our country was founded on d___________ that gives every single citizen a voice and the ability to impact the community, the government and the future. You really can make a difference!

Example: In the video I Am the Government, Ben, a successful printer in the colonial days of the 1700s, saw a p_________—England had way too much control. They were taxing the colonists too much and preventing people from being as successful as they could be. Ben doesn’t just watch this unfold; he s______ u__! He uses his p______ business to tell people what he thinks and, with the help of his friends, he helps c______ a new kind of government in which all the people are encouraged to express their opinions.

Unless you live under a rock without a computer, phone, or access to any human beings, you live in a c__________ of people. You not only have the power to make a d_______ in your own life, but also in the lives of those around you—in your neighborhood and in your community.

Example: In the video Abuelo Park, Abrielle is frustrated that there is no nice place to play or to take her grandfather in his wheelchair. She makes a p_______, enlists the help of her n______ and turns an empty lot into a beautiful park—making a d______ in the whole community and launching a career as a l___________ a_________.

     
Our Scene
ability to influence/lead Zoe, a computer whiz, leads a team of talented kids in the creation of an amazing new web site.
Drawing Board
goal setting
Josh turns drawings into houses and a childhood dream into a reality when he becomes an architect.
 
 
Our Scene id18 -24
Drawing Board id22 -25
 

If you have the ability to i______ and l_____ it means that people around you respect you and will respond to what you say. You can set a good example, you understand how things and people work together, and you can lead a team toward reaching a goal. A l______ manages, motivates, and helps others to work towards the success of the group.

Example: In the video Our Scene, Zoe, a computer whiz, leads a team of talented kids to do what?______________________________

Anything you set your mind to doing involves setting a g______ or an objective. Do you want to get home in time for dinner? Better set the g_____ of getting to the bus before it leaves and make that happen! Do you dream of being an astronaut someday? Better study hard and get good grades. Want to start your own business? Work toward that g____ by learning all you can, assembling a team if you need to and persevering through the hard times. In the end the goals you set help you make your own dreams come true.

Example: In the video Drawing Board, Josh is inspired as a kid when he sees an architect’s plan turn into his family’s new house. From that point on he sets goals, works hard to meet them and finally makes his dream of being an ? __________.

 
     

 

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01 Passion

Passion is the thing you love doing so much you just want to do it all the time. Maybe it’s baking, making music, sports or writing. It’s such a driving force that it helps shape your interests and eventually your life. Once you find it, all you want to do is work harder, learn more about it, and keep doing it no matter what others think.

Example: In the video Bike Buzz, Tyler finds his passion when he discovers how much he likes what?   fixing bikes.

02 Sense of Self

Get to know yourself!  Since there is only one YOU, there’s no one else exactly like you. Just like fingerprints are all unique, so are a person's interests, skills and passions. Once you tap into what makes you YOU, you’ll unlock the secret of how to enjoy your future and gain a great sense of power.

Example: In the video Show It, Brady got a better sense of himself when he learned about his strengths and weaknesses. He wasn't so great at sports, but he was awesome at what?  sports photography. That discovery led him to a new and successful career.

03 Systems Thinking

The system is the big picture. Sometimes we get caught up in looking only at smaller pieces and we get a little stuck. To get unstuck what you need to do is take a step back and change your point of view. When you do this you can get a fresh take on things. You can recognize patterns and connections, and understand that there are lots of small pieces that come together to make a whole, big picture.

Example: In the video This is My Neighborhood, Amity’s neighborhood is drab, empty and depressed. She looks at the big picture and decides to bring her community together and improve their neighborhood by creating what? a new place to eat, dance and hang out. Once the business begins to boom, more businesses pop up as more people come and more jobs are created. The neighborhood is improved because Amity sees how it's all connected and takes the first step to make a difference.

04 Individuality

When you have strength in your own individuality you have already discovered your own sense of self. You know who you are and what is important to you. You know what you are capable of and what drives you. You believe in the power of you!

Example: In the video Tru-D True, Tru-D True loves wearing his hair in lots of wild styles. He is proud of who he is and what he likes to do.  He becomes a successful what? hair stylist despite all the kids who gave him a hard time for being different.

05 Responsibility

You have to own your actions—be reliable to yourself and others, work hard and do the right thing when you take on a task or a job. If you are responsible, you are really in control of the outcome.

Example: In the video Hackers, Cal hacks into his school's computers, gets caught, and ends up discovering that he needs to take responsibility for what he did. Cal makes up for his bad choice by using his skills to protect the school's computer system from hackers. AND he goes on to start What? his own tech security business.

06 Democracy

Living in a democracy means that you, as an individual, have a voice in the big things that happen in your community and your country though they may seem way too out of reach. Our country was founded on democracy that gives every single citizen a voice and the ability to impact the community, the government and the future. You really can make a difference!

Example: In the video I Am the Government, Ben, a successful printer in the colonial days of the 1700s, saw a problem—England had way too much control. They were taxing the colonists too much and preventing people from being as successful as they could be. Ben doesn’t just watch this unfold; he speaks up! He uses his printing business to tell people what he thinks and, with the help of his friends, he helps creates a new kind of government in which all the people are encouraged to express their opinions.

07 Community

Unless you live under a rock without a computer, phone, or access to any human beings, you live in a community of people. You not only have the power to make a difference in your own life, but also in the lives of those around you—in your neighborhood and in your community.

Example: In the video Abuelo Park, Abrielle is frustrated that there is no nice place to play or to take her grandfather in his wheelchair. She makes a plan, enlists the help of her neighbors and turns an empty lot into a beautiful park—making a difference in the whole community and launching a career as a landscape architect.

08 Independent Thinking

Thinking independently means that you can consider things openly and honestly and come up with fresh ideas without any judgment. When you are close-minded you have already made up your mind about something or someone and can’t see beyond what you think you already know. That can make it a lot harder to think creatively, solve problems and meet new friends.

Example: In the video Snow Pals, Lexi and Shiloh discover that regular snowboards just aren’t working for them. They put their heads together to invent a board that they both can ride, and they create a whole new craze on the slopes! Their independent thinking also helps those around them see that it’s OK to be different. Thinking independently can lead to a lot of success.

09 Embracing Change

Change happens. Nothing stays the same forever. Sometimes change—like a move or a new teacher or a new situation—can fill you with fear and really close you down. But if you can accept that change is going to happen, and really use those changes to grow, to learn, and to try new things, you can turn change into positive new opportunities.

Example: In the video Corny but True, Cornelia has a booming popcorn business that she runs on the corner of a busy street in the big city. Business is great until she has to move to the country with her family. Nobody buys her popcorn and her business dies. It could be the end, but Cornelia embraces the change and does what?  comes up with a whole new way to sell her popcorn that she never would have thought of back in the city.

10 Exploration

Exploration is all about looking harder, digging deeper, going where no one has gone before and trying new paths. Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done!

Example: In the video E-Ship, Ethan’s interests and curiosity lead him to explore the internet and create what? a never-before-seen way for people to travel.

11 Inquiry

To fully understand something, you have to ask questions. Why is something the way it is? Does it have to be that way? Is there a better way? Ask! The more targeted questions you ask, the more you’ll learn and the more successful you’ll be.

Example: In the video Hammocks, Ally questions the routine of making her bed in the morning. Why does she have to make her bed? Is there some other way? Does she have to sleep in a bed at all? In the end she comes up with what? a new idea to eliminate one of her chores and starts a booming new business!

12 Risk Acceptance

There’s always someone who is going to say “No” or “That will never work” or “You just can’t do that.” Don’t let that freeze you up. When you have an idea, take the risk and go for it. It may not work, but if you take the risk and try it, your idea just may work out!

Example: In the video Pet Rollers, Zach needs to find a way to control his pets’ shedding—or give them away! He tries lots of new ideas out and finally focuses on one. He decides to ignore the people who think his new idea won’t work. He takes a risk and creates what? a new product called “Pet Rollers” that becomes a big hit!

13 Lateral Thinking

Sometimes when you’re trying to solve a problem you tackle it head on and come up with straightforward ideas. But thinking about the issue in a different way may lead to a really cool solution you never even dreamed of. Try turning the problem around and looking at it from a new perspective, a different angle. You will probably find answers and solutions you hadn’t even considered!

Example: In the video Skateboardin’ Gal, skateboarder Grace and science buff Simon each bring a unique perspective to Grace’s problem of having nowhere to carry all her stuff when she’s on her board. They put their heads together, look at the problem from different angles and create what?  an amazing new skateboard.

14 Ideation

Ideation is a complex word made up of the two words that describe it—idea and creation. Ideation is the creation of a lot of new ideas in response to a problem or roadblock. Ideation is a great skill to have because it lets you realize that any problem or roadblock that you may come across is a great opportunity to create and gather new ideas to help you find solutions.

Example: In the video New Ideas, when Josh and Jenna’s mom is too busy to cook dinner most nights, the kids are faced with the problem of having to come up with ideas for good meals they can make for themselves. They know lots of their friends’ families have the same problem, so Josh and Jenna bring everyone together and come up with lots of ideas for getting decent dinners to all the kids every night. Their ideation and hard work help them launch what type of a business? a successful meal delivery business!

15 Partnerships

A partnership is when two or more people or groups join forces to do business together. Usually it's a way to combine different sets of skills and resources and then to share in the profits of the business.

Example: In the video Charge It!, Tyler and his bike-riding friends put their heads together to solve their lack of what? electricity problem when the lights go out in their town. They form a partnership and work together to do what?  create an innovative new way to generate power.

16 Motivation

When something interests you or you’re passionate about something, you want to know more. Motivation is the drive that makes you want to achieve a goal or conquer a challenge. That kind of motivation comes from inside you—it’s called intrinsic (or internal) motivation. The kind of motivation that comes from outside is called external motivation.

Example: In the video High Winds, Lexi loves the wind that whips around her tall apartment building and likes flying kites out of the windows. Her love of kites motivated her to want to spend more time making them. Her need to make a living motivated her to create what? a kite business.

17 Skill Building

People who have a good education and know how they learn best have more control over what happens in their lives, so it’s up to you to invest time and energy in your own learning. Whatever you want to do in life, whether it’s playing the piano, being a pilot or a basketball player, you will need to learn and to practice. You are in control of what you want to do and what you want to be!   And just remember, hard work beats talent every time talent doesn’t work hard.

Example: In the video Treasure Hunt, Justin wants to take his love of collecting stuff at garage sales to a new level, so does what? he learns and practices new skills in order to turn his hobby into a profitable business.

18 Leadership

If you have the ability to influence and lead it means that people around you respect you and will respond to what you say. You can set a good example, you understand how things and people work together, and you can lead a team toward reaching a goal. A leader manages, motivates, and helps others to work towards the success of the group.

Example: In the video Our Scene, Zoe, a computer whiz, leads a team of talented kids to do what? in the creation of an amazing new web site.

19 Perseverance

Persistence is the ability to keep trying to reach your goals and make things happen no matter what obstacles, distractions, and frustrations come in your way. Perseverance is the ability to hang in there when the going gets rough. Persistence and perseverance are a dynamic duo.

Example: In the video Cookie Crumbles, sales are slow at Jenna’s once-thriving cookie business. She tries to figure out why, but sales continue to drop until finally, after much trying, testing and inventing she does what?  comes up with a new flavor that’s a smash hit.  Her persistence and perseverance made her successful again.

20 Self-Confidence

Self-confidence is knowing that you have what it takes to navigate any situation. It’s about believing in yourself and knowing that you are able to rise to the occasion, get the help you need, solve problems that come up and succeed no matter what.

Example: In the video Emotia-Hats, Nickie is nervous about being at a new school, but she has a new idea she wants to make happen. Can she do it? How will she do it? Does she have what it takes? Nickie taps into her confidence, draws on her resources, and does what?  works hard to turn her crazy new idea into a reality that rocks the world of fashion!

21 Taking Charge

YOU are the one in charge. It doesn’t mean that you are bossing people around to get your own way; it means that you are not a victim and you know that blaming other people won’t solve your problems. Being in charge of yourself is about accepting that success is up to you. Success is controllable and connected to your own perseverance and willingness to try. So try out your ideas, don’t be afraid to commit to something—go for it!

Example: In the video Bugged Out, Ally has a crazy idea of getting a bug’s eye view by strapping tiny cameras on what? __cockroach_________ to see where they go. It fails and fails again, but each time she learns something new until she's able to make a successful camera, save a little girl and launch a new business!

22 Goal Setting

Anything you set your mind to doing involves setting a goal or an objective. Do you want to get home in time for dinner? Better set the goal of getting to the bus before it leaves and make that happen! Do you dream of being an astronaut someday? Better study hard and get good grades. Want to start your own business? Work toward that goal by learning all you can, assembling a team if you need to and persevering through the hard times. In the end the goals you set help you make your own dreams come true.

Example: In the video Drawing Board, Josh is inspired as a kid when he sees an architect’s plan turn into his family’s new house. From that point on he sets goals, works hard to meet them and finally makes his dream of being an what? architect a reality.

23 Problem Solving

There are problems that arise every day: what to wear, what to eat, what to do, how to get your homework done or how to help a sick pet. Obstacles are everywhere and they are great springboards for new ideas. Problem solving is figuring out a way to turn the problem into a solution or an answer. Use your imagination—take a look at everyday problems and see if you can discover new ways to solve them. Problem solving can be creative and fun!

Example: In the video Reversal of Fortunes, Zach’s problem is that his pack is way too heavy. How can he carry all his stuff? Zach turns the problem into a lucrative solution when he creates what? a new pack with wheels that can actually carry him!

24 Failure is OK

Every time you try something that doesn't work, you're one step closer to finding what does work. Mistakes are great teachers—they show you something about how to reach or not reach your goal. Mistakes bring you closer to success, so keep trying. New ideas don’t always work the first time around, but if you fail at something—and everyone does—learning from that failure and moving forward can be the secret to being successful!

Example: In the video Toast of the Town, Grace has a great idea—a toaster that burns your name onto a piece of bread. She tries everything to make it work. She blows fuses, incinerates loaf after loaf and tweaks her prototype each time she fails until she finally what happens?  creates a Name Toaster that works. It’s the best thing since sliced bread!

25 Entrepreneur

An entrepreneur is a person who starts a new business by coming up with new ideas, taking risks, persevering through challenges, believing in him or herself and identifying opportunities. Lots of entrepreneurs give back to their communities by creating new jobs and encouraging other new businesses. Entrepreneurs are ordinary people who do extraordinary things!

Example: In the video Be an E_________________________, the whole ATB gang comes together to show what it really means to be an entrepreneur. They all have started new businesses by tapping into their passions, setting goals, accepting risks, thinking creatively and working together to solve problems.

 

 

 KIDS ARE PERFECT ENTREPRENEURS—they’re creative, stubborn, often fearless, and full of energy and ideas. But most kids do not see themselves as entrepreneurs. You can help change that! Everyone has entrepreneurial qualities, although they may not define them as such. Entrepreneurs are ordinary people who often achieve extraordinary things. In this unit, kids explore what and who entrepreneurs are and the characteristics they possess. This helps kids as they begin to explore their own entrepreneurial traits and abilities.

KIDS ARE FULL OF GREAT IDEAS and now it’s time for them to fully exercise their entrepreneurial spirit! Whether your group met as a Team ATB or conducted stand alone activities, this unit contains ideas for a last session or closing for the club. It also provides suggestions for developing an entrepreneurial project with your group and individual ideas for kids to pursue on their own.


YOU CAN BE WHATEVER YOU WANT TO BE. This is a message we all need to hear! It helps to know your strengths and weaknesses, personality traits, attitudes, and values. The more you know about yourself, the more likely you are to be successful in your personal and business life. In this unit, kids explore some of the basic concepts of entrepreneurship—what it is, and what qualities are needed to be an entrepreneur. By understanding who they are (sense of self ), tapping into and being motivated by their passions, and developing goal-setting skills, kids can discover their entrepreneurial strengths. As kids learn more about themselves and identify their passions, their goals—and how to achieve them— will become clearer. They’ll come away with the belief that they have what it takes to become whatever they want in life: They can chart their own future!

Related Videos and Concepts

Watch the featured videos (Bike Buzz and/or Show It!) or any of the videos below and explore the key concepts. Invite kids to identify what they are passionate about. Ask: What do you think the words passion and passionate mean? For example, how did Tyler and Brady use their passions to become entrepreneurs? Did they think they were entrepreneurs at first? Why or why not? Are there hobbies or activities that you love to do? Provide examples, such as skateboarding, playing the guitar, journal writing, making jewelry, etc. Ask for volunteers to share their passions.

Bike Buzz, Tru-D True, Show it!, High Winds, Treasure Hunt, Emotia-Caps, Bugged Out, Drawing Board


Make a Difference in Your Community, Your Government and The World.  HOW BIG IS A KID’S WORLD? And how involved in it is he or she? The concepts in this unit help kids to think about where and how they fit into the larger society—with their family and friends, community, and world—and how they affect their world. The activities help them begin to understand their power as individuals, how they can make a difference, and that it is important that they participate in society. Kids will realize that they can use their influence to positively impact their community.

Related Videos and Concepts

Watch the featured videos (This Is My Neighborhood and/or Abuelo Park) or any of the videos at right and explore the key concepts. Ask: Are there things you would like to change in your neighborhood? What are they? What are some ways you could make those changes?

Our Scene, Abuelo Park, I Am the Government, This Is My Neighborhood


 

Create Somthing GREAT! CREATIVE THINKING involves looking at things in an imaginative way and making connections between seemingly different things. For a mathematician, it may mean seeing new patterns in a number problem. For a cook, it might mean adding a new ingredient. For a scientist, it might mean coming up with a new hypothesis to test. And for entrepreneurs, it means going beyond the traditional and conventional, and thinking about and looking at challenges from different angles. Entrepreneurs explore new paths and ask new questions. They see things that other people may miss. Their creativity helps them overcome obstacles, design solutions, and run successful enterprises.

The activities in this unit help kids investigate innovative ways of thinking and the creation and sharing of ideas (ideation). Kids explore what creative thinking is, how they can think more creatively, and how to use their creative-thinking skills to recognize and explore new ideas. They learn to identify opportunities to create new products and services that fill a need within the community

Related Videos and Concepts

Watch the featured videos (Snow Pals and/or Hammocks) or any of the videos below and explore the key concepts. Ask: What would you have done in Shiloh’s and Lexi’s or Ally’s situation? Have you or someone you know ever invented anything? What was it?

Snow Pals, E-Ship, Hammocks, New Ideas, Charge It!


Succeed No Matter What! ENTREPRENEURS SEE CHALLENGES as opportunities and find unique ways around obstacles—they are creative problem solvers. Through the activities in this unit, kids learn to think about things in different ways and open up to change. They explore how they feel about risk taking and failure and see that these are part of everyday life. Kids see that risks must be taken in a responsible way and that mistakes and failures often lead to success. They come to believe that they can find solutions and succeed—if they keep trying.

Hackers, Corny but True, Pet Rollers, Skateboardin’ Gal, Cookie Crumbles, Reversal of Fortunes, Toast of the Town


Inventive Thinking
Step 1: Are you an inventor?
How do you think inventors get their ideas?
How do you think they make their ideas become real?”

Look at all the different objects in the classroom. Every object they see has been invented by someone, and all the inventions have what is called a “patent.” The government gives patents to people who invent new discoveries, and every patent has a patent number.

List all the inventions you discover by looking around. Consider these objects as creative innovations, as well as functional objects. So what can you conclude about creative innovations as it relates to function?

Step 2: Your Turn, Practice being and INVENTOR
Just like riding a bike or learning to draw, thinking inventively takes practice.  When practicing inventive thinking, there are many tools you can use to jumpstart your ideas.


Lets look at the SCAMPER technique. Review below then lets use this method to find many new uses for a familiar object (such as a paper plate).

Substitute What else instead? Other material?
Combine
How about a blend of two ideas or purposes?
Adapt What else is like this? What could I copy?
Minify Order, form, shape? Make it smaller? Miniature? Parts reduced?
Magnify
Greater frequency?
Higher? Longer? Thicker? What to add? More time?
Put to other uses New ways to use as is? Other
places to use?
Eliminate What to subtract? Condense?
Reverse Interchange components?
Rearrange Turn it backward? Turn it upside-down?

Step 3: Find a Problem to Solve
 
You are one step closer to becoming an inventor!  Brainstorming is a process of creative thinking used by an individual or by a group of people to generate numerous ideas. Brainstorming is the most important element in each of the stages of inventive thinking. Brainstorming comes with a number of rules.  Such as no reasonable idea is a bad idea.

Finding the Problem: Make a list of at least 5 problems that need solving. Select one problem to solve using the
steps below. Use these brainstorming technique and focus on capturing lots of ideas.

a. Analyze the situation by writing out the problem in 1 or 2 sentences.
b. Think of many, varied, and unusual ways of solving the problem by listing the possibilities (2 or more). Be sure to allow even the silliest possible solution. Creative thinking must have a positive, accepting environment in order to flourish.
c.  Finally, select the one solution that you think is the best.

** Possible other way to come up with an idea: Invent from your Favorites

Imagine four of your favorite things: your favorite game or object, your favorite place, your  favorite food, and your
favorite color. Then write those four favorites down, by describing in words or by drawing each of these items on your screen.

Now, think about how you could combine your favorites creatively. For example, if your favorite toy is a video game and your favorite place is the beach, you might invent a similar game that uses the beach as a location and your favorite color
as the color on the video screen. Try to be original as possible, and think creatively.

Now draw your new invention. Write down a name for your new idea and explain how you combined your favorites and what the invention does.

Step 4: NAME your Invention
An invention can be named in one of the following ways:

1. Name it for what it does. HINT: Play with the words until you find a catchy way to put them together. Examples: hairbrush, toaster oven, earmuffs.

2. Name it for its parts. HINT: Play with the words until you find a way to put them together to make a two- or three-word name. Examples: windshield wipers, liquid soap.

3. Name it after yourself. Examples: Ford (for Henry Ford), Braille (for Louis Braille), Leviʼs® (for Levi Strauss).

4. Name it with fun or repeating sounds. Examples: Hula Hoop®, Lotto, Kleenex®, XEROX®, Mattel®.

5. Name it with initials. HINT: Try out some initials—yours or ones that use the words you have written about the invention. Examples: IBM, IKEA, GE, BKFK.


Flash Website
Time to tell me about your invention.  You will create a 4 page FLASH/ Weebly website.  Each page will have a "special effect" done in FLASH.  It might just be the title, paragraph or a picture that does some special effect.  I will leave it up to you.  Be sure to spell check your work before you post it.  FLASH will not underline words in red if misspelled.

Page 1: Overview:

Give an overview of what the product or service does.  Be sure to explain what one can expect of the product.  Include all benefits of the product or service includes.  This should be one paragraph.  Include a picture.



Page 2: Key Feature

Describe one or more key feature that really makes your product special and how that key feature works and enhances the product.  Be very specific how one might use this feature.  It might be the size of the object that makes it special or the weight or the ability to take long range pictures.


Page 3: Pricing

What is the basic pricing structure for each product/service?  Be sure to list the features for each product and its price.


Page 4: Contact Info

Include:

 

Company name

Address

Phone Number

Facebook and Twitter links

Email address

and

When the product will be available for purchase.