This program to turn middle schoolers into artist-entrepreneurs won $5K - Technical.ly Philly

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Feb. 4, 2015 9:32 am

This program to turn middle schoolers into artist-entrepreneurs won $5K

The Mapping Freire mural at 21st and Market Streets, one instance of Philly students making art.

The Mapping Freire mural at 21st and Market Streets, one instance of Philly students making art.

(Photo by Steve Weinik)

Jeff Kilpatrick won $5,000 last week to teach middle school students how to turn their artistic skills into businesses. The money was first prize at the fourth SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurship in Education) competition, a crowdsourced event to fund innovative education projects.

Kilpatrick, a teacher at Port Richmond charter school Memphis Street Academy will use the money to buy computers, software and other tools, as well as a pay for artists to host workshops at the school, Billy Penn reported.

(Last year’s winner was the Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge, a citywide STEM challenge, which has continued this year under the guise of the Drexel Math Forum, EMC founder Trey Smith told us.)

Other competitors included:

  • Professor Word, the vocabulary startup, which completed GoodCompany Group’s accelerator and the Project Liberty incubator, that hoped to create an SAT/ACT prep website.
  • JustMaybeCo., an Education Design Studio Inc. accelerator company that aims to involve youth in rewriting creative writing curricula.
  • SnapSolver, a mobile app that help students with math.
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