Most adults can remember participating in a science fair back in the day. Volcanoes erupting and egg shells dissolving in vinegar, right? I remember as a student walking around to see all the cool topics my peers had on display at the annual event. I did not realize then how much I was learning from them.
As a teacher for two decades, I walked my students through the same traditional science process. I taught second grade and my students always explored the ocean and created projects around ocean life. They too loved learning from their peers.
Those past experiences combined with my passion for financial literacy made me fall in love with the Money Fair concept immediately. I now work for a partner of EconomicsWisconsin that is also a nonprofit, CFEE, which has developed The Money Fair and is sharing the "how to" in the US and Canada.
Basically, a Money Fair has students take an economic or financial problem and follow the investigative steps just like a science fair! I attended the first Money Fair in Wisconsin last spring in Milwaukee at the BEAM Academy. It was fabulous to see students deeply diving into economic & financial topics. Check it out above and contact me to learn how you can bring this experience to your students! I'm here to support Wisconsin and my colleague Jan is available to support Illinois!
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Hi! I'm Jennifer! Program Manager of the Early$tart=Money$mart Program