Innovation and Entrepreneurship come alive at Our Lady of the Lake CCS

This spring, before school wrapped up, Ms. Bona’s Grade 7 class and Ms. Podlipski’s Grade 8 class at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic College School in Keswick, worked collaboratively with Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs to help innovation, design-thinking and technology come alive in the classroom.

At the center of the program, students were assigned the task of defining a problem that they see in their day-to-day lives, and design a solution to address it. In June, students delivered a pitch to their respective classes, and four groups of students were then selected to present to a wider audience.

On June 14th, the four groups were given the opportunity to showcase their talents to a panel of community members including Dina Al-Shibeeb from the York Region Media Group, Vivian Ho-Tam from the York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre and Dan Bruni from York Catholic’s Student Success Team. In addition, administration, staff, parents and students from Our Lady of the Lake CCS community were on site to support the student-led venture.

The school thanks Lucas Chang of Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs, for introducing the problem-based learning framework that was used in this exciting program.

Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs partners with schools to deliver in-class programs that give students practical perspectives on entrepreneurship. Bridging the gap in real-world resources and education for teens and pre-teens, Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs delivers content to high school students similar to what incubators teach adult startup founders.