Here at Real World Scholars, we know that rich classroom experiences are created by rockstar educators willing to hand over the reins to students and get out of the way. In fact, the EdCorps Community is made up of educators who do just that! That’s why we’ll be highlighting an educator every month who’s leaning into the entrepreneurial experience in ways that empower their students.
EdCorp Founder: Aimee Katz
School: DeGrazia Elementary
Grade: Second Grade
Launched: September 2017
Meet Aimee Katz! Aimee is an educator from Tucson, AZ who started Corky Kidz, a student-run business that sells creative products made from used wine corks. While students have been collecting corks from family and friends to date, they plan to begin reaching out to local businesses for donations of used corks. The tagline the students have been using? Fun, Funky, and creative cork designs made by Kidz.
Why did she start an EdCorp?
I wanted to start an EdCorp to provide my students with the opportunity to do some real-world learning but also do something that they will remember. I want students to be able to understand that what they are learning is and will be used in their life. While students are having fun, they are learning. They are learning real-life skills and if there is something they don’t know how to do, we research it. The standards are still being taught but in a fun real-world learning experience.
What has her first month been like?
Our first month has been crazy, chaotic, and fun! We have accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. We have already created our name, logo, slogan, written donation letters, and even created some prototypes. The students have been working hard researching how to cut corks. We have tried many things but are still trying to figure out how to cut them evenly and smoothly. I have never seen so many positive, creative, enthusiastic students working together for one goal.
Students explore ways to effectively cut corks into usable material.
A finished prototype of the cork coaster.