Youth Entrepreneurs: Paper Airplane Factory Module

In the Paper Airplanes exercise, students get to practice pushing past barriers as a team — and remaining principled while they do it. Learn more about the activity and why it can be helpful for your students. 

Videos and Module worksheets are available from theTable of Contents to the left or the resource views below.

Video Themes:

  • What is the Paper Airplane Factory game? Allows students to practice rapid iteration while overcoming challenges as a group.
  • Students are challenged with what seems like an easy activity — and with a high return on investment.
  • Students have fun because they’re allowed to do something in the classroom that is normally forbidden: make and fly paper airplanes.
  • Through the activity, students learn how challenging it is to capture opportunity in the market because of failure in iteration + dynamics of working in a group/organization (vs. a “lone wolf” entrepreneur).
  • They learn to work together and to share knowledge . . . and even then, they may not be successful.

 

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In the Paper Airplanes exercise, students get to practice pushing past barriers as a team — and remaining principled while they do it. Learn more about the activity and why it can be helpful for your students. About This Video Segment (1 of 4) Video Themes What is the Paper Airplane Factory game? Allows students to practice rapid iteration while overcoming challenges as a group. Students are challenged with what seems like an easy activity — and with a high return on investment. Students have fun because they’re allowed to do something in the classroom that is normally forbidden: make and fly paper airplanes. Through the activity, students learn how challenging it is to capture opportunity in the market because of failure in iteration + dynamics of working in a group/organization (vs. a “lone wolf” entrepreneur). They learn to work together and to share knowledge . . . and even then, they may not be successful.
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Watch the Paper Airplanes game happen in our classroom, and see how to bring the activity to life with your students. This activity engages students in the process of rapid prototyping, while facing challenges like scarcity and risk. Explore how to bring the Paper Airplane Factory to life in your classroom.
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The Paper Airplanes Game helps students learn concepts like scarcity, opportunity cost and competition. And it’s a chance to coach students in the Foundational Values of sound judgment, win-win and being principled, among others. Here’s how to start the discussion with your students.
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With Paper Airplane Factory, YE provides useful educational materials, including course curriculum and a resources checklist to help you get started!
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