The Future Design School is aimed to help create the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs. The summer camp is the brainchild of Sarah Prevette and the initiative was first announced last month at MaRS Discovery District.
Future Design School (FDS) teaches kids (Grades 6-8) the skills needed to develop great ideas, create prototypes, engage in design thinking, have powerful presentation skills and essentially translating this all into effective execution during real-world scenarios.
Prevette and Co. have now expanded past the GTA and into Waterloo where FDS is offering a 4-day camp at Communitech Hub. The “Innovation Camp” dates are from August 10th to August 14th and costs $375.
During interview with Communitech, Prevette stated, “Our mission is to inspire kids to pursue big ideas and have real impact. We want to create an expectation of meaningful innovation amongst the next generation and equip them with the tools and frameworks to affect real change in the world around them… We believe that creativity is a skill set that can be developed, and that all kids should be encouraged to realize their own entrepreneurial potential.”
As for the Innovation Camp experience, “Campers are exposed to game-changing innovation, mentored by experienced entrepreneurs, and encouraged to think outside the box. Our team is passionate about helping kids come up with great ideas, test their concepts and develop their skills as creative leaders,” said Prevette. ” Kids actually build their own prototypes, learn how to test their ideas and ultimately present their customer-tested solutions to an audience of family and friends.”