Middle schoolers turned entrepreneurs study at NKU Camp


Mary Wurtz

A middle school student at the Norse Think Tank designs his own blog to promote his small business.

Middle school students from all over the tri-state area are coming together to create their own small businesses at NKU’s gifted and talented program, the Norse Think Tank.

According to the university, Think Tank “offers an integrated, multi-disciplinary focus” in a variety of studies, including entrepreneurship. Think Tank is run by Dr. Kimberly Clayton-Code, the Director of the Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies in the College of Education and Human Services.

Throughout the week, students will be working on developing their own blogs to promote businesses that they design themselves, along with doing research to see what kinds of funds they will need to make their businesses succeed, and on how to market themselves. According to Lucas Florence, one of the teachers at Think Tank and a recent graduate of NKU, students are working with their own “entrepreneurial spirits.”

“Just helping them come up with their own businesses and seeing what they can bring to the table is the most exciting part for me,” Florence said.

The students themselves also believe they have something special they can bring to the table. Rachel, a seventh grader at New Richmond Middle School, is currently creating her own bookstore. Ethan, a soon-to-be sixth grader at Fairfield Middle School, is working on developing a “half-price Amazon website.”

When asked why she thinks it’s important for kids to learn about business at a young age, Rachel answered, “Well, lots of adults don’t know how to do it.”

As a whole, Think Tank focuses on tapping into each student’s creativity. Jane Kreutzer, a student aide and accounting major, says “I think a lot of them are shocking themselves with how creative they are.”

Florence said the biggest thing students should take away from this is to “take the creativity and make it into something. It’s not just blind creativity. They can actually take it, harness it, and turn it into something worth investing in.”