The E-Discovery Challenge
E-Discovery Challenge curriculum was developed and
field-tested by volunteer leaders in the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches
Institute (KECI) before it was launched into the classroom.
Fifty-five teachers in fifteen rural Kentucky counties
have received training in E-Discovery Challenge curriculum thanks to a grant
from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Teachers have been given
the tools to incorporate entrepreneurial instruction in elementary and
middle school classrooms during the Spring 2010 semester.
E-Discovery is unique because students work in teams to
create business ventures. Seed money, in the form of a loan to the student
teams, is provided to purchase supplies to develop their businesses. At the
E-Discovery sessions, students set up their businesses at
a school or community event and sell their products or services. To insure
project sustainability, students are expected to pay the seed money back to
the school after the sales event. A great incentive for students is that
teams are allowed to split any realized profit after they repay their loan.
E-Discovery Challenge has been aligned with Kentucky Core
Content and provides a direct tie to most disciplines. Teachers have
embraced this concept because they feel E-Discovery curriculum and
developing businesses shows students real life applications of classroom
Funding for E-Discovery Challenge has been made possible
by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and has impacted nearly 1800
elementary and middle school students in Appalachia Kentucky during one