Students in grades 3-5 participate in Lemonade Day as an after-school activity. University School’s youngest entrepreneurs have fun while learning about business. Instead of raiding the pantry and setting up on the driveway, students learn about goal setting, developing a business plan, giving a pitch, finding an investor, choosing a location, operating the business, repaying loans and calculating gross and net profit. Students get to keep the money they earn, learning about saving, spending and sharing.
This club meets after school for eight weeks to teach middle school students in grades 6-8 the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Boys work individually or in teams to create a micro-business and get the chance to experience entrepreneurship by selling their creations at the Celebration of Youth Entrepreneurship evening event.
Young Entrepreneur Camp is geared to students with a high level of interest in entrepreneurship who will be entering grades 7-9. Through fun games, activities, group projects, and a business simulation program, campers will learn business and marketing strategy, teamwork, and essential problem solving and leadership skills. Successful entrepreneur guest speakers will share their knowledge of starting and growing their businesses.
The Stock Market Challenge (SMC) is a web-based educational tool that is used by thousands of elementary, middle, and high students around the state each semester to help teach economics, finance, current events, math, social studies and technology. Each student team receives $100,000 of virtual dollars in an SMC brokerage account and simulates managing a portfolio by buying and selling stocks at real-time prices. Students compete for prizes and statewide bragging rights. This is one of the most popular business activities at US, with over 200 middle school and high school students participating each year.