Entrepreneurship & Design
Courses in Entrepreneurship and Design prepare students for college and life by giving them opportunities to use creativity and practical intelligence to solve emerging real-world problems. We aim to equip students with various problem-solving approaches that emphasize the skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing professional landscape. As educators, we assert that young people are inherently curious individuals with a capacity to learn and grow. Pursuant to our mission, we implement an evolving curriculum which provides students rich and varied opportunities for growth in their ability to innovate and create by studying and emulating proven innovative practices. All Seattle Academy students take one trimester of an Entrepreneurship & Design course in 6th, 7th, and 10th grades. All Upper School students must take one addition course in this area before they graduate.
- How does this program prepare students for life?
- What content is taught in Entrepreneurship & Design?
- Why are courses included in the graduation requirements at SAAS?
These courses are specifically geared towards preparing students for an ever-changing professional landscape. We do not know the jobs of the future, but we hope to provide students with the tools to deal with any obstacle or opportunity they may encounter. To do this, we focus on skills that emphasize learning “how to learn” instead of “what to learn.”
Students are taught skills and given tools in design thinking and problem-solving. They apply the content they’ve learned in school and their own life experiences to tackle problems uniquely and successfully. Some hard skills that all students are introduced to are CAD (computer-aided design), 3D-printing, the design process, and prototyping.
After speaking to many industry professionals over the years about skills they wish their young employees exhibited more of, the answers overwhelmingly came down to the following essential skills: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. We at SAAS believe that in order for our graduates to match or exceed the pace of change in the world, one must be proficient in these essential skills.