CyberFair Project ID: 6398

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Entrée to Entrepreneurship
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations
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School: Hwa Chong Institution
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

4 students, ages 16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 22, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): None

Classes and Teachers: Mrs. Giam-Lim Shiau Yean

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We interpret a 'group of entrepreneurs' as a community. We believe that all of us can be entrepreneurs, and teens that are taking courses of entrepreneurship and studying the economy are included within our community. Our community includes teens of Singapore and beyond who are interested in entrepreneurship. We hope that these teens, aged 10 to 18, will learn about other entrepreneurs, the necessary skills and be inspired to be entrepreneurs in the near future.

2. Summary of Our Project

Entitled “Entrée to Entrepreneurship”, our project is an online resource package aiming to educate the teens of today, aged 10 to 18, on entrepreneurship. In detail, we want to equip our teens with the skills of entrepreneurship, handing them the power to improve, preserve and unite our economy. Our web portal includes case studies of famous successful entrepreneurs, interviews with local entrepreneurs, qualities of entrepreneurs, types of entrepreneurship and many more.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We had lots of problems trying to find time interviewing entrepreneurs due to the busy schedules they had. This was a major problem as we could not interview several entrepreneurs due to our clashing schedules. Also, we had difficulties trying to meet up due to time constraints, to discuss about our project due to heavy workload, competitions, etc. Thus, we decided to use other ways and means to communicate such as online messaging and email. However, we found that more work could be done when we met up together to discuss our project work, and it was more productive. Lastly, because not many websites educate the young about entrepreneurship, we had trouble researching information. Hence, we turned to other information tools such as books, newspaper articles and interviews with entrepreneurs.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our project aims to boast our school's vision of developing leaders of tomorrow. Also, in lieu with entrepreneurial leadership programmes that we have in our Integrated Boarding School Programme (IBP), our project can serve as a platform for leaders who are daring, visionary and inspiring leaders who are venturing into entrepreneurship.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Our main content is information for students regarding how they can start to hone their skills as an entrepreneur at a young age, such that they can realize and develop their entrepreneurial talents at an early stage. While sourcing for information, we have learnt much, from the different types of entrepreneurship to the qualities that a good entrepreneur should possess. The process of digesting information has also improved our scanning skills required to differentiate valuable and invaluable information on the web. It also requires us to internalize what we have learnt, and then putting it in our own simpler terms such that others can understand better. Apart from continuing where our school’s EP left off, we also hope that our project can also be utilized in the Integrated Boarding School (IBP) Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme (ELP) where selected students from our schools goes though the process of becoming entrepreneurial leaders of the society.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Software: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Fireworks, Aviary, Google Chrome, iMovie, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Notepad

Information tools: Internet, Books, Laptops, Camera, Scanner, Newspapers, Magazines

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We are interviewing some of the past EP students from our school, local Entrepreneurs, as well as other internet entrepreneurs. We are also trying to publicize our website though the means of being the official host website for the IBP Entrepreneurial Quest (which is held at the boarding school, on 10th April) for Primary school children.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Our world is ever changing. The entrepreneurship of today is no longer that of yesterday. And the entrepreneurship of today will not remain the same tomorrow. We have to constantly equip ourselves with the skills of entrepreneurship that keep us up to date with our growing economy. Through our web portal, teenagers can now learn about what is required of them to become an entrepreneur. As leaders of tomorrow, our teens have the capability of shaping the future. By equipping them with the skills of entrepreneurship, these teens are being handed the power to improve, preserve and unite our economy. Furthermore, entrepreneurship encourages us to look beyond what is laid before us. This foresight will allow us to prepare for future challenges in entrepreneurship. Additionally, with foresight, entrepreneurs will then be able to consider the possible future, the probable future, the preferable future and the preventable future.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We have invited other teen entrepreneurs for text interviews (via email) and video interviews, not only from Singapore, but from other countries as well such as New York. This is to allow young entrepreneurs out there to listen to what these teen entrepreneurs have to say, and hear what their opinions on entrepreneurship are.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We realized that many people think entrepreneurship is all about earning lots of money and that was what we have thought originally as well. However, we were all surprised to learn that entrepreneurship is really about daring to go about achieving your dreams, which may not really mean that you would have to earn big money in the process.


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