Kids cooking up math and science in a bakery business is one sweet way for children to learn STEM subjects and also learn the creative side of business and marketing.
Mixed in with the vats of frosting and trays of treats and dozens of eggs at the The BonBonerie bakery in CIncinnatti’s O’Bryonville neighborhood are lessons in math, science, art, and business fr 34 fourth graders.
These young entrepreneurs weren’t there to satisfy a sweet tooth. They had a mission – they’re the company’s latest “employees.”
The students, from Cincinnati Public’s Hyde Park School, are part of a new, unique class at their school that teaches kids STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills while helping to solve real-world problems.
They partnered with BonBonerie for their project. Their job: create and market a new cake flavor specifically for kids.
It’s kind of a big deal; BonBonerie, as project partner, plans to actually sell the cake. So it has to not just taste good, but also be marketable, affordable and easy to make.
Students developed a survey, conducted a taste test in which their whole school participated and did a cost analysis. They created a marketing plan. They will also create a related smartphone app. Sales of the app will benefit the school.
“It’s the only class that deploys case-based teaching in the K-8 sector,” said Mary Welsh Schlueter, CEO of the Partnership for Innovation in Education.
Her organization worked with the schools and businesses to create the class. They partnered with Northern Kentucky University, the Mayerson Academy and Smarter Schools to win a $1.1 million Straight A grant from the Ohio Department of Education.
The model is now being piloted in 18 schools in the Milford and Cincinnati school districts. Each school is working on its own project with its own business partner.