Venture Highlight: Students Design Independent Ventures
December 2nd, 2019
Compass offers students the opportunity to employ entrepreneurial mindsets and use community-engaged project-based learning (venture projects) to inspire deep learning of academic, social-emotional, and 21st Century essential skills. Venture projects may be group-based or individual—especially as students advance to higher levels.
Here, Upper School students share the details of their current Independent Venture and the community members supporting them in their learning!
Problem Statement: People find microbiology to be a scary and intimidating subject and therefore are unwilling to learn about it.
Community Partners: CSU Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology students and Katie Boisen’s 4th grade class at Zach Elementary
Project Findings: “Science does not need to be cold, instead it is a discipline filled with curiosity, wonder, and compassion.”
Problem Statement: Wetlands hold great significance in the health of our earth but few people know about the threats they face.
Community Partners: AloTerra Restoration Services, LLC and CSU Colorado Natural Heritage Program
Project Findings: “Since wetlands provide more services than goods it’s hard for people to see their significance to the sustainability of our community.”
Student: Dallon Hoffman
Problem Statement: There is no clear path to success for artists and musicians.
Community Partners: Adam Fallik and his professional band, Wasteland Hop
Project Findings: “Creative professionals must put aside their fears in order to pursue successful careers.”
Problem Statement: Inequities in Education Persist into Adulthood
Community Partners: Cerissa Stevenson and CSU Early Childhood Center
Project Findings: Preschool is important to building a solid foundation to secure emotional and academic success in the future.
Problem Statement: Creativity is often stifled by too many expectations, too little guidance, and the everyday demands of living.
Community Partners: Lisa Morgan and Judy Bejarano, and the CSU Dance Program
Project Findings: In order to produce a creative piece, you must put yourself out there and be willing to be vulnerable.
Problem Statement: Youth are not politically engaged Community Partners: The CSU Poli-Science Student Group and Fort Collins Attorney General
Project Findings: There is so much complexity to politics that it is amazing we are so divided by only two points of view.