This article on NC REAL Talk provides information about a entrepreneurial business in Mt. Airy that specializes in "5 Inch Cutie Pies." The owners have an orchard of more that 2,000 trees. Students will learn about the the grant the owners received to enhance their business ventures and how their apple by-products benefit their community members. Excess pies are donated to feed the less fortunate.
This site provides information about a couple that heard about NC REAL through a newsletter from the local Small Business Center. They knew they needed to write a business plan to move their entrepreneurial plans forward, but they also needed some help to pull it all together. Their new business is featured on this site. Robeson Community College Combines entrepreneurship and environment in the "GreenZone." Robeson County is becoming known as the solar farm county in the state. Entrepreneurship is playing a key part in this venture and a link to this work is provided.
In teaching both U.S. History 1 and 2, I wanted to present students with a academic activity that would engage them in doing individual research, and presenting a creative, summay project. The trick was finding a topic that would attract student's attention. In reviewing a Gilded Era book, I was impressed by the number of inventors and invetions from 1868 to about 1930. And if I was itnersted, then I imagined the students might also be interested.So I drafted a list of both inventors and inventions from 1868 to about 1930, and had students select one inventor/invention from the list to research. My goal was to have students complete a power-point including background of the inventor/invention, uses for the invetion, and effects of the invetion on today;'s world.Students were able to select at least 1 inventor/invention from the list, and begin drafting quesitons about both subjects and what should be included in their final project. Following this "think-session" students spent class time in the computer lab researching both inventor and invention and developing a power-point. Staff facilitated the reserach and project development, in finding reliiable websites, spellling and grammar checks, organization, and in selection of powerpoint features (background, animation, sound, etc)Attached are the list of inventors/invetnions, a graphic organizer to guide the research.and a sample with a rubric.