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    Les boules de Les Boules

    Provincial prizewinner

    OSEntreprendre Challenge

    A meeting with a youth employment worker from Carrefour jeunesse-emploi inspired students to found an enterprise. After gym one day when the class had tried the circus arts and juggling, one of the students had the idea of creating an enterprise to make juggling balls.

    And the Les Boules juggling balls project was born! Feedback on the quality of the juggling balls was very positive. The enterprise's success extended outside the region, with clients mailing in orders from across Quebec!

    Level of education

    Primaire 3e cycle (5e et 6e année)

    Students involved

    10 Students

    Nature of the project

    Produit

    Organisme(s) accompagnateur(s)

    OSEntreprendre

    Réseau des carrefours jeunesse-emploi du Québec (RCJEQ)

    Conseil québécois de la coopération et de la mutualité (CQCM)

    Voir les organismes accompagnateurs

    Results observed

    The students developed their skills in many areas: math (calculations, statistics, percentages and spherical geometry), French (writing correspondence and descriptive texts, oral communication), science and technology (density, measuring instruments and recycled packaging), ICT (website, logo design and communications) and the arts (product esthetics and the circus arts). The enterprise did quite well, with impressive sales for such a small co-op comprising 10 students in a village with only 400 residents.

    Involvement and support

    The project received $1,000 from the Caisse de Mont-Joli for materials and $500 from the Mitis Local Development Centre (LDC) to cover production costs. Businesses in the area also lent a hand: Gagnon Image offered a discount on graphic design services; the grocery stores in Métis and St-Ulric set aside empty plastic bottles for the project; and three shops (Boutique le P'tit Futé, Jardins de Métis and Café sur Mer) acted as points of sale. Parents assisted with promotion and sales.

    Major steps

    • Students divided among the committees (sales, marketing, production and administration)
    • Balls assembled
    • Points of sale identified and signed agreements with collaborators
    • Packaging and design improved 
    • Participated in meetings and conferences

    Project materials needed

    • Fabric
    • Needles and thread
    • Dried beans or rice
    • Stickers and used plastic bottles for packaging

    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 competencies

    Communication-related competency

    Personal and social competencies

    Positive influences on student retention

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