Futures Fair: “Making It Here” Innovationand Entrepreneurshipwww.careerteacher.wordpress.com “The Futures Fair is an oppor...
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  1. 1. Futures Fair: “Making It Here” Innovationand Entrepreneurshipwww.careerteacher.wordpress.com “The Futures Fair is an opportunity for students to meet with and talk to adults in ourcommunity who are successful because they are creative and innovative thinkers,” said Sue Fox, creativecareer education and work curriculum coordinator at Hatboro Horsham High School, who Hatboro-Horshamdesigned the project. “We want our students to discover exciting new ways to unlock theircreative potential and we know that the Futures Fair will add to our school’s environment – onethat encourages innovation and allows it to flourish.”“I was down at the fair and it was a hit! I talked to vendors and I also spoke with students during I th4 period. The vendors seemed excited to talk about their craft and the students did talk aboutviewing different careers as options. One perspective the students appreciated was that thoseprofessionals that were there were passionate about what they did for a living. Nice job inpresentation and with the chosen people/professions. I think that they were interest interesting and had alot to offer.” -Christy Matik, English Teacher ,6ABC WPVI Philadelphia-Futures Fair coverage (video-www.careerteacher.wordpress.com Futures .wordpress.com)Bucks County Courier Times: Students get a peak at possible fut futures by CRISSA SHOEMAKERDEBREE (article-www.careerteacher.wordpress.com) www.careerteacher.wordpress.com)1. What this is: The Futures Fair is a hybrid event; not quite a career fair and not quite a collegefair. The format is popular with students and has impact on both faculty and kids.Exhibitors use our gym and the area outside of our gym for display. Exhibitors include (1) outsideprofessionals in their field of work, (2) post secondary programs of study (PoS), not admissions post-secondaryrepresentatives, reflecting the academic area the professional exhibitors represent and (3)selected high school seniors presenting their graduation projects. Seniors selected have projects hoolthat reflect the theme of the fair. Exhibitors are mixed throughout the event and the ratio westrive for is 75-80% professional, 10% PoS and 10% seniors. 80%Sue Fox, Community-Based Learning Coordinator Hatboro-Horsham School District Based Coordinator,sfox@hatboro-horsham.org
  2. 2. Futures Fair: “Making It Here” Innovationand Entrepreneurship2. How we do it: We have and enjoy a collaborative partnership with our local Chamber ofCommerce (CoC) and Educational Foundation (EF). The partnership is the secret to our success.Our EF helped recruit professionals representing regional businesses, maintained our websiteand processed registrations. They promoted the Futures Fair at all EF functions and dedicated akeynoter to kick off the theme for the year. They also designed the beautiful logo you see at thetop of this post as well as other graphics and literature concerning the fair.Our CoC matched their theme for the year to ours. They focused time each month talking to localbusiness professionals about our project and recruited their support. They also provided tables,table cloths and other resources needed by the exhibitors as well as a contential breakfast duringset up time and lunch for all including the entire high school faculty and staff.The school district provided human resources for recruiting post-secondary programs of study,planning the logistics of the day (with administrators, teachers, cafeteria and transportationdepartments and our middle school). We also identified the perfect seniors to present at the fairas well as recruited student volunteers to “man” various posts i.e. direct traffic, serve food, etc.We extended invitations to all other school districts in the county (so they could bring theirhighly interested students) and our own middle school.3. Why we do this: To connect our students to their future. When planning our themes, we firstthink about high priority professions in our region and our state. We want our kids to understandwhat opportunities there will be for them-that they can learn and earn a family sustaining wagehere.In our area the high priority professions identified by Pennsylvania are healthcare, engineeringand green technologies. Armed with that knowledge our first fair was Green. For our second fairwe chose Making It Here as our working title. We started thinking about what skills allowedpeople to “make it here.” And that’s when we realized that the 21st Century Skill we associatemost with success is innovation. Our president tells us that entrepreneurialism is ournations opportunity for growth and prosperty. For these reasons our second theme becameInnovation and Entrepreneurship.Why include middle school students? Because they are making important career decisions–do Ilike math? Should I take science seriously? If the answer is no to either question it could be acareer limiting decision. Students who understand where a subject could take them will do betterin high school.In all, 2000 students and 250 faculty and staff visited the fair. All were able to talk to individualswho make a difference in our world and are passionate about what they do. PoS’s explained tostudents various ways to prepare for the professions presented. And students taught students thatyou don’t have to wait to be an innovator. You can start in high school!Sue Fox, Community-Based Learning Coordinator, Hatboro-Horsham School Districtsfox@hatboro-horsham.org
  3. 3. Futures Fair: “Making It Here” Innovationand EntrepreneurshipTo review student created documentary:Part 1: http://youtu.be/U2fCPUUOVC0Part 2: http://youtu.be/DL74YLVy-V8Documentary was produced by the Montgomery County Education & Workforce Partnership.Additional Futures Fair resources: http://www.hhef.org/events-Futuresfair.html &http://careerteacher.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/futures-fair-making-it-here-innovation-and-entrepreneurship/;Our first Futures Fair was GREEN!To learn about that fair go to:www.hatboro-horsham.org/greenSue Fox, Community-Based Learning Coordinator, Hatboro-Horsham School Districtsfox@hatboro-horsham.org