University of Texas at Austin students who participate in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE) have been sharing their experiences and skills with an enthusiastic group of Austin area middle school students during the It Could Be U summer camp. It Could Be U is an intensive mentoring and college readiness program that is a partnership between IE and the Media Communications Council (MCC).
Middle school students at It Could Be U Camp demonstrate how their windmill generates enough power to turn on a small light.
Mirroring the structure of IE, It Could Be U is divided into three phases: discovery, ownership and accountability. During the discovery phase, MCC consultants work with teachers as they lead students through a six-unit interactive curriculum and a series of field trips with members of vertical teams from four broad fields of interest that include Media Communications, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Entrepreneurship and the Arts.
The media driven curriculum allows teachers to accurately assess students’ communication and critical thinking skills while hands-on tours provide authentic glimpses at careers. In the ownership phase, students join vertical teams made up of IE Mentors, professionals and entrepreneurs to gain enrichment and build capacity within their respective fields of interest. During the accountability phase, students work directly with IE Mentors, professionals and business leaders to deliver valuable goods and services.
Could Be U Camp is hosted in Austin Housing Authority apartment complexes and offers students the chance to explore their interests in Science, Technology, Math & Engineering, Business & Entrepreneurship, and Media & Arts.
The students and their work will be featured at the annual E4 Youth Summit that takes place in August on The University of Texas at Austin campus.
Evidence of the UT mentors and the younger students’ enthusiasm is this video of one of the IE/It Could Be U summer camp projects: