Grade 3rd – 6th students attending Rochester Roots’ SEE program have an entrepreneurial SOLUTION; they are learning about sustainability and entrepreneurship to become Rochester’s Changemakers. Motivated to self-determine their own future, they are developing businesses to improve the sustainability and wellbeing of their community, including, manufacturing, services and educational games businesses.
RCSD’s Montessori Academy & Lakeshore Elementary School youth entrepreneurs will present their business concepts, research, products, and plans to a panel of judges and interested community members on June 16th. Through SEE, which includes the support of senior college engineers, professors, business mentors and experts, they aspire to develop knowledge and outcomes, including the potential of having viable, sustainable businesses before high school graduation. Criteria for judging is based on the social entrepreneur’s demonstration of research and development, critical thinking and decision-making expertise in developing sustainable businesses that improve one or more of seven community-wellbeing outcomes: 1) Financial, 2) Employment, 3) Education, 4) Health, 5) Ecosystem, 6) Public Safety, and 7) Sense of Community.
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome – Jan McDonald, Executive Director, Rochester Roots, Inc.
- Introduction to Judges & Overview of Judging Criteria -
9:15 – 10:05 Judges preview SEE Entrepreneur businesses
10:10 – 10:20 Zadiel’s Soapmaking– ZadielPedraza
10:25 – 10:35 J.J.’s Healthy Lunch – Jah’ZeirJordan
10:40 – 10:50 Eriq’s Carpet Co. – EriqJones
10:55 – 11:05 Arctic Wolf Ecosystem Game – Isabella Viera
11:10 – 11:20 Robot Works – Zane Corria& Nori Bellucci-Mattice
11:25 – 11:35 A’s Water Source – Ava Corria
-15 Minute Break -
11:50 – 12:00 Pedraza Woodworkers – Gadiel Pedraza
12:05 – 12:15 Artemotion– Khiara Baldwin
12:20 – 12:30 Bunny World Game – Blythe Fisher
12:35 – 12:45 Joey’s Filming Co. – Joey Gregoire
12:50 – 1:00 The Balm! Lip Balm – Rachel Gregoire
1:05 – 1:15 A & A’s Catering – AreanaSoto & Allana Jackson
1:15 -2:15 Judges meet to determine wellbeing awards
Public votes on Lakeshore Elementary School & Montessori Academy entrepreneur projects
Lakeshore Elementary School Projects – Located in Learning Garden (west side of school)
•Hunger & Homelessness Garden
•Beneficial Insect Habitat
•Cafeteria & Cardboard Compost System
2:15 – 3:00 Wellbeing award announcements by Judges
Ecosystem – Donald S. Sweet, CEO, Sustainable Intelligence, LLC
Education – Monica Sullivan-Smith, Founder, Montessori Intervention Programs, Educateurs sans Frontiéres
Employment – Clark Hochgraf, Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical, Computing & Communications Engineering Technology, RIT
Financial – Ira S. Miller, Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Health – David Margolis, Research Associate, Brown University School of Public Health
Public Safety – Thomas P. Seager, Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment, Arizona State University
Sense of Community – Sarah Brownell, Lecturer, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, RIT
The SEE game development is funded through the generous support of the Farash Foundation and managed by Ben Sawyer, Co-Founder of Digitalmill.
Rochester Roots, Inc. is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-33800-23983 and the generous in-kind and matching donations from foundations, organizations, businesses and individuals like YOU.
MEDIA INQUIRIES & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Jan McDonald, Executive Director