The new year is fast approaching and what better time than now to start preparing for your Education Day! This month we’re sending out an Education Day update to educators across the state. Please PRINT AND SHARE this update with everyone you know!
This year’s theme is a repeat from past years, but a good one! The Gears of Innovation theme is meant to get your students thinking creatively while using critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Let the Gears of Innovation Inspire You!
In addition to our traditional Gears of Innovation theme, this year we are introducing a new exciting program called the Innovation in Technology Challenge. The challenge will enable students to choose from 6 categories that inspire technology solutions; anything from designing a tablet or smartphone app to writing and producing a commercial for a product or service. This exciting new program is a direct result of students requesting more technology-based programs!
We’d like to share an inspiring quote from Connie Smith, a retired educator and administrator in Jamestown, North Dakota. Connie’s quote truly summarizes the Marketplace for Kids mission!
“Marketplace for Kids does a fantastic job of igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship in students. The activities are designed to help them become comfortable with change while learning to thrive on positive competition. Lessons, based on standards and benchmarks, help students develop the skills needed for recognizing possible entrepreneurship opportunities and then show them how to organize their ideas for development and growth of actual products. Marketplace for Kids helps to extend thinking skills and encourages risk-taking with forethought. It also teaches students how to use an integrated approach to designing products, which is absolutely relevant in today's global environment. But most of all, it makes learning fun, exciting and challenging!”
Connie Smith, Honorary Chair
Marketplace for Kids, Advisory Leadership Team
Retired Educator and Administrator, Jamestown