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Startup@Sydenham is an innovative learning opportunity for grades 5-8 at Sydenham Public School designed to teach an entrepreneurial mindset and nurture students’ creative problem solving skills. Partnering with Innovate Kingston, a local initiative that encourages high growth startups, St. Lawrence College, and Queen’s Engineering and Applied Science, Sydenham P.S. students will take an idea from the concept stage to completion.

They will learn how to research an idea, overcome challenges, create a business plan and present a marketing campaign. Students will work together to design, create and test a working prototype of an outdoor USB charging table and will then pitch to investors. The charging table will combine solar cell technology with “pedal power” technology that will keep kids active and allow them to socialize while charging their electronic devices at the same time. Through Startup@Sydenham students will learn how to turn a small idea into a big reality – just like a real entrepreneur.

Students buildlng table for Solar Spin.
Testing Solar Spin prototype and solar panel.
Students using pedal-powered Solar Spin to power solar panels and charging devices.
Close up of wired console for Solar Spin prototype.
Students attending workshop on how to build a business plan.
Close up of table-top solar panel and student.