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    OSEntreprendre Challenge

    Old polyethylene tubing used to transport maple sap from the trees to the sugar shack are abandoned in the forest or piled near outbuildings. Students aware of this situation proposed converting these tubes into hula hoops.

    Local maple farmers provided the polyethylene tubing the students then decorated before crafting the Hula-Tubes. With some of the tubing, the students also made napkin holders and desktop storage units. The Hula-Tubes were used in gym class at the school. Several activities, including a Hula-Tube contest, were organized to promote and sell these products.

    Level of education

    Elementary Cycle Two (Elementary 3 and 4)

    Students involved

    26 Students

    Nature of the project


    Results observed

    A Hula-Tube was an original, ecological and fun product. Nearly 265 units were sold, earning the students a grand total of $1,325. And best of all, the project got the student body to move in an unconventional, though healthful, manner! The young project participants developed a number of entrepreneurial skills, such as the ability to co-operate, get organized, make decisions, be creative and think outside the box.

    Involvement and support

    The advice and efforts of a few key players helped the students see the project through. Local maple farmers, under the direction of Yvon Bergeron, gathered and prepared their old tubing. Several members of the school staff provided students with the technical, entrepreneurial, creative and emotional support they needed. François Madore, owner of Multi-Gym, also promoted and sold Hula-Tubes.

    Major steps

    • Assembly method tested with a maple farmer
    • Maple farmers contacted to recover their old polyethylene tubing
    • Hula-Tubes made
    • Product presented to the school administration and the other students
    • Product sold at the school and by submitting order forms distributed in-class

    Project materials needed

    • Polyethylene tubes 
    • Coloured tape
    • Dried beans or similar items to make a rattling noise

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad Areas of Learning

    Subject Areas

    Intellectual competencies

    Methodological competency

    Communication-Related competency

    Personal and social competency

    Positive influences on student retention

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