Fifty five educators from fifteen counties are meeting in workshops to discuss the pros and cons of E-Discovery, a program designed to teach sixth graders about entrepreneurship.
"It involves more than studying, it involves students actually creating new businesses," said Ron Hustedde, a professor at the University of Kentucky.
The program started at St. Patricks School in Maysville through a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The program has since lost a majority of the funding, but officials say they are not worried about its future.
"There are quite a few that are still self-sustaining. They created products and services often for events, but it stimulated an entrepreneurial spirit. I think it made education become more alive, more vibrant in the region."
"Students loved it, teachers loved it, the parents loved it, and from there we launched this into fifty five other classrooms in rural kentucky," said Hustedde.
Instructors say a hands on approach of letting students start up their own businesses helps them carry the knowledge of economics further.
"In the past as a teacher, I always felt intimidated by trying to teach economics. But because of this program, I felt more comfortable with the prospect of being able to help my students learn about the economy and how it works and how it impacts their lives," said Lisa Zornes, an instructor from Lewis County.
Both students and teachers say they are excited for the programs possibilities.
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