Program Details

Do you have big dreams for owning your own business or developing the next big product? Meet inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs as you explore how to use design thinking to create objects, services or experiences that will help people live better li
Philadelphia, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:
We’re looking for students who are eager to explore big ideas and generate sustainable solutions for economic, global and social challenges. Sound like you? Then join us! We are a unique global leadership institute offered through SCH Academy's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. We bring talented students from different countries together to explore design thinking and entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurSCHift program, aka eSCHift, was born out of a desire to give students creative confidence and practical leadership skills as change agents in a rapidly changing world. Each program is built around three core components: entrepreneurship, design thinking, and global leadership. Students participate in four program tiers: workshops with mentors, collaborative projects, social activities, and travel. Students travel throughout Philadelphia and take day trips to New York City to see popular sites, meet with entrepreneurial leaders, and tour company headquarters. We also have a lot fun through a variety of social activities including a pool party, high ropes course and much more! Programs are housed on the campus of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA, USA. International students stay with families from SCH Academy. The program is open to students from all over the United States as well. Housing with SCH Academy families is available.

Do you have big dreams for owning your own business or developing the next big product? Meet inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs as you explore how to use design thinking to create objects, services or experiences that will help people live better lives. During the program you will have the opportunity to develop your own idea or join an international team to create something special! The eSCHift program will help you understand how to use design thinking to solve tough problems that will make a positive difference in the world. We offer six programs including fashion & apparel, culinary arts, gaming & mobile app development, social innovation, bio-entrepreneurship and advanced prototyping.

DESIGN & INNOVATE: Through collaborative projects, students apply the principles of design thinking to develop an empathic perspective, gain insight from observations, and ask good questions as they navigate complex problems. CREATE SOLUTIONS: Students work on projects targeted to the specific needs of an organization or user group. Students become creators of solutions. Change makers. Creative contributors. Leaders for today and tomorrow. LEAD: Students gain relevant skills and confidence in their own leadership abilities. TAKE RISKS:eSCHift provides a safe space for students to embrace new experiences, openly challenge ideas, and practice “failing forward.” ENGAGE WITH ENTREPRENEURS: You can’t become an entrepreneur by reading about entrepreneurship. eSCHift students engage with leading entrepreneurs and visit headquarters of small start-ups and major companies. COLLABORATE: eSCHift activities are highly interactive and grounded in teamwork. We facilitate dynamic opportunities for dialogue and collaboration. EXPLORE YOUR WORLD: eSCHift participants visit with entrepreneurial organizations, experience local cuisine, and see important landmarks in several major cities. GO DIGITAL: Not only do eSCHift students work with an array of cutting-edge digital tools and apps, they actually create them!
Setting Description:
A school set on 62 acres next to Fairmount Park. And that’s just the beginning. Our campus includes some pretty awesome features. Just steps away, the Wissahickon Watershed is an idyllic setting. Our customized, award-winning, 1,600-square-foot Engineering and Robotics Lab—in a Gold LEED-certified science center—challenges students to explore the process of design and fabrication of complex objects and systems with laser cutters, CAD/CAM, a CNC milling machine, and 3D printers, including a Makerbot Replicator. Two ViDCAST Studios expose students of all ages to a vast array of technology and new media tools, including green screens, Apple workstations, SMART Boards, video and photography equipment, and editing and gaming software. Our athletic facilities include the 52,000-square-foot Vare Field House, complete with squash courts, a rowing tank, fitness center, dance studio, and basketball courts, as well as four additional gymnasiums and a new outdoor athletic complex that includes two
$3000 USD. Tuition includes housing, meals and all materials. Scholarships are available!

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