Jumpstart Kids 2019
The summer program is back with another fun-filled week
By Kelly Cho
Jumpstart Kids is a non-profit summer program that teaches kids aged eight to 12 about innovation and entrepreneurship through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math). The third edition took place from July 22 to 26, and was led by 13 instructors from various industries.
The week began with a tour of the experiential lab at The Mills Fabrica, a revitalization project by Nan Fung Group. The ‘kidtrepreneurs’ learned about 3D design, prototyping, and used a laser embroidery machine. They also visited the incubator space, took part in a workshop with Origami Labs on design thinking, and customized watches with EONIQ.
The remainder of the week was filled with informative and interactive sessions, and took place at theDesk in United Centre–the co-working operator’s newly opened space located in Admiralty.
This year’s instructors included Paul Smith from the Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debate center for students. He introduced the concepts behind selling products and public speaking to the kids. Gyneth Tan from Clean the World, Bertha Shum and Ching Ching Cheung from Earthero Project, and Christian Yan from Nanoleaf offered insightful lessons on topics ranging from social enterprises to sustainability.
Derek Kwik, BraveSoldier Venture Capital Managing Partner, led a cooking class and storytelling session with his dachshund, Tommy the Salami. Other sessions included Kung fu with Sam Experiences Co-founder Maggie Lau and Master Victor Cheung, logistics planning with Boxful Deputy General Manager Stephanie Chow, robotics with Winson Kwok, t-shirt design with Chicks Marketing and Business Development Manager Jennifer Tam, hardware design with Doki Technologies Founder Casper Chien, and coding with Richard Chan of MakeBlock.
For each session, the kidtrepreneurs were encouraged to think outside-the-box, share ideas, and collaborate. The intent was for them to gain critical thinking and leadership skills to benefit their academic careers. Each day ended with some time for journaling, where the kids reflected on what they learned that day.
Jumpstart Kids has grown year-on-year since its founding in 2017; this year was especially meaningful because around 50% of participants were scholarship students.
With the aim of encouraging innovative thinking within the next generation, program coordinators hope to expand Jumpstart Kids in the coming years and work with more entrepreneurs who are passionate about education. An illustrated book about the kidtrepreneurs’ journey will be published later this year.
Please email [firstname.lastname@example.org] for more information about the program and how you can get involved.
Jumpstart is the organizer of Jumpstart Kids.