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Bright Sparks Entrepreneurial Program

 
 Each year, Ferny Grove State School runs the Bright Sparks Entrepreneurial Program.  This program is an opportunity for students to extend their creativity, communication and media capacity.
Students from years 5 and 6 (9, 10 and 11 years old) submit applications, individually or in groups, where they bring an idea to the table. Our Bright Sparks Mentor, teacher Kurt Bryant, in consultation with our Principal, Brett Shackleton work through the applications to ascertain those that have the best possibility for real world outcomes, within the scope of our capacity.  Some individuals with similar ideas are grouped together and develop their idea further to come up with a singular project.
Students spend a day a week out of class, where they collaborate and work on their project. Mr Bryant acts as our in-house mentor, guiding the students to identify the ideal outcome of their project, supporting the planning towards that end, teaching them specific digital literacy and other skills to enable their project to come to fruition and encouraging the development of solutions and outcomes that translate into real world connections. Where it is possible, we also engage community mentors to work with students to enhance specific skills and knowledge that pertains to their project.
The students have varied outcomes depending on their chosen project, but all projects work towards a tangible, marketable product, in most cases with digital components.
Here are some examples of past projects.