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Holidays! Derived from Holy Days, though not as strictly pietistic as usual, our intermittent short breaks are great opportunities for spending time with family, friends and catching up on some amazing things to learn. I spent some time with Apple at the luxurious Monte Sant Angelo's Performance Centre to learn on presentations techniques, iWork capabilities, Garageband's new function Liveloops and the fun way to learn coding thru iPads, Swift Playgrounds.
From the grand views of the 27th floor of the PWC building, I also spent time with the one and only, Adobe. There I was blown away by their sweet suite of apps that make anyone into an instant graphic designer. Can't wait for the sign-on issue to be resolved for our students.
Finally, I got to catch up on some of my leadership studies and have really been impressed with systems thinking and the innovation model from IDEO. Very inspiring stuff!
Tell us what you got up to in the holidays.
We saw, we came, we shopped! Cyan's Craft Market Day finally arrived. Thought we were ready...think again. There were all sorts of challenges and final touches to our market day that took a lot of effort or had to be left to the wayside for our market to go ahead.
Firstly, what went well. Well, we made lots of money. Thank you to our dear customers at Fort Street. Our market research paid off. As the class's teacher, and a superficial minimalist, I was doubtful whether any of their items would be of high quality enough to sell. But sell it did. Which just goes to show why I'm not in business. There were over 30 sales of God Eye's...what is even a God's Eye. But these kids showed tenacity, strength and perhaps downright irreverence, because ignoring my lack-of-real-business-ecumen criticism, they went ahead with it! Well done!
What didn't went well...not much, thanks to the input of so many people it. Our beloved P&C President, Christina, worked as a soundboard initially, but soon her alpha-boss-in-chief persona and her entrepreneurial experiences kicked-in and she pretty much filled the holes of our market day, e.g. petty cash, point of sales procedures, market zones and signage, price tags, business signs and much much more. Thank you very much, Christina.
Our teaching assistant Nic also gave his blood and sweat to help the kids along. Silly me thought of adding some writing, speaking and maths objectives to the whole entrepreneurial experience...like they needed more work to do. Each business (there are 11 businesses) had to finalise their legos, create a little bio to introduce themselves, an advertisement for their product, a revenue-cost-profit balance sheet, pre-order sheet and a short blurb to give as their door-to-door sales pitch. Well, Nic was thrown into the deep end and sink he did not. He jumped into each business team and tore their writing to shreds until nothing was left but Tolkien-brilliance. Kudos, Nic! Oh yeah, he also cut, painted, drew, lifted, accounted and took money off students, sorry beloved customers, in order to support Cyan's businesses. Your constant use of colourful language, not quite under your breath, was a reminder of how dedicated you are to getting the job done right!
And finally, thank you to all our customers who saw the good, the useful and the I'm-not-sure-what-yet-beauty of all our products. Thank you for showing our class of Cyan 2016 that they do have the right stuff to be entrepreneurs (cool word for someone who makes their own money).
Oh, right. Yes, most of the businesses made lots of money. Enough to cover their costs. But, they'll be back shortly for another market, and maybe with some new stuff to sell. Stay tuned.
Below are some of Cyan's reflections of the market day.
Jewellery, DIY kits, plants, art, toys and craft....what is this? It's Class of Cyan's creations and they will be selling it next week in Cyan's Kidpreneur's Market Day
Cyan has been preparing for their market day. Over the last eight weeks, day in and out, Cyan had been learning about how to start their own business. They learnt the crucial steps of creating business structures, designing a product or service, researching their target market, prototyping, making production lines and calculating revenue, costs and profit. There has been a lot to learn. Above are some of their products that they will sell on Thursday Week 9 15th September in the afternoon @ 2:30pm until 3:30pm. Come and support our students in their first foray into entrepreneurship.
What? Cyan Market Day (young students' business ideas)
When? Thursday 15th September 2:30pm onwards
How did this all start?
We were inspired by the work of Tania and Creel Price who run Club Kidpreneur
What is Club Kidpreneur?
In their words...Since 2010, Club Kidpreneur Foundation has played a pivotal role in entrepreneurial education with programs specifically designed for primary school students aged 10-12.
Club Kidpreneur exists to spark an entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation, equipping and empowering them with the confidence, resilience, creativity and critical thinking to thrive in their future careers.
Club Kidpreneur program’s all help primary school students, working in teams, build their own micro-business, which can be used for social good. Kids learn the key steps of business from ideation to commercialisation and then donate their profits to charity.
The interactive, experiential learning allows kids to stretch their creativity, get comfortable with risk and failure, and build resilience and confidence.
The program is mapped to National Curriculum outcomes across multiple subject areas including Maths, English, Science and Arts.
Club Kidpreneur is proud to partner with government, business, schools and the community, bringing these key groups together to futureproof the next generation of job creators, employees and Australian citizens.
Learn more @ http://clubkidpreneur.com/
Below are some of Class Cyan's experiences and thoughts...
Feature Profile: Richard Branson
Virgin is one of the world’s most irresistible brands and has expanded into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure. There are now more than 100 Virgin companies worldwide, employing approximately 60,000 people in over 50 countries.
Having started Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970, Branson founded Virgin Records and opened a record shop on Oxford Street, London. After building a recording studio, The Manor, the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded and released ‘Tubular Bells’. Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones, becoming the biggest independent label in the world.
How do we taste?
Taste is one of the five basic senses. Flavour is detected by combination of taste and smell. We detect the taste of food through taste cells. Taste buds contain about 100 taste cells and are located in structures on the tongue called papillae. The papillae can be seen on the tongue as pinkish bumps, particularly around the edge of the tongue, and can be more easily seen after drinking milk.
Each taste cell has a taste pore that is capable of detecting several tastes. The five basic tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami (meaty, savoury). The taste cell contains receptors which bind chemicals responsible for sweet, bitter and umami. When these chemicals bind to their specific receptors they activate a pathway in the taste cell which sends a signal to the brain, telling us what the food tastes like. Salty and sour tastes are detected differently by the taste cells. Sodium ions in salt enter taste cells through a channel. Acid is mainly responsible for the sour taste and it is the hydrogen ions that trigger the taste cell to send impulses to the brain.
The taste map (or tongue map) which associated each basic taste with a region of the tongue, originated from a German paper in 1901 which was mistranslated into English. The map has since been scientifically disproven. We now know that each basic taste can be detected all over the tongue where there are taste buds.
The brain taste map
For our brain to perceive different tastes the taste cell receptors must send a signal to the primary taste cortex (centre) in the brain. Very recently, scientists mapped the areas in the taste cortex that were activated for each of the five tastes. Each taste signals to it’s own separate area in the brain within a region where all tastes are perceived (the gustatory cortex). Although there is no evidence for a taste map on the tongue, there is now proof a taste map does exist in the brain. This is called the gustotopic map in the brain.
Some people (25% population) are ‘supertasters’ and can detect tastes at a lower level than normal. Scientists have discovered differences in the genes that code for the bitter taste receptor that account for this variation in bitter sensitivity. As a test to study this, scientists use chemicals such as phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) or 6-n-propylthiouracil (PROP) which only supertasters perceive as extremely bitter. Non-supertasters detect a slight bitter taste or no taste at all. Supertasters are more likely to be women than men, and to be of Asian, African or South American descent. Children are more sensitive to bitter tastes than adults, which may explain why they don’t like vegetables such as brussel sprouts and broccoli. It is also thought that supertasters have more papillae than non-supertasters.
You can find out if you are a supertaster at:
Our school has been recommended to a Taiwanese television program that is interested in doing a story about the wonderful things our school is achieving with coding and technology.
They were keen to focus on the outstanding work of our class and the technology club, and have asked to film and interview our class last week.
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