Elementary Entrepreneurs

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In today’s fast-moving society, people are accomplishing greater things at a younger age. Several Duncanville ISD first graders are already becoming entrepreneurs. Acton Elementary students recently finished a problem based learning lesson in which they designed and modeled new or re-created products.

The lesson began in February, with a presentation by Duncanville High School sophomore Zyandrea Walker-Eaton. She started her own business at the age of 14, and Clay Flowers by Zy are now sold at a store in Cedar Hill’s Uptown Village. “I thought Zyandrea’s presentation was pretty cool,” said Acton first grader Olivia Oliver. “She was our age when she made her first flower, so we could do it, too.” The school hopes to invite Walker-Eaton back to view what its elementary inventors have made.

While they’re still several years from starting their own businesses, Acton’s first grade students already have their entrepreneurial ideas. Oliver created what she calls an automatic door. “I got the idea because my teacher brought a popcorn machine and was having trouble getting in.” Heaven Bankston came up with a pencil/pen/paper holder that you can wear around your wrist, and Alexander Granados designed a Redbox-type device for the school library that uses an iPad to scan student fingers and store their literary interests. “I wanted to help students read more,” he said. “It would also make it easy to find a book and speed up the check-out process.” The first graders all agreed that they enjoyed the project because it allowed them to be creative and come up with ideas on their own. “I’d like to do the project again,” said Oliver. “Sometimes kids spill food in the cafeteria, so I think I could make a basket to hold food.” “I’d make a new twist on a pencil sharpener,” added Lisamarie Castillo.