In this Challenge, BizWorld and BizMovie graduates get a chance to apply and enhance their business skills while learning to be socially conscious citizens! We challenge classrooms to run successful businesses to turn $100 into $500 of profit to donate to important social causes while empowering other classrooms to do the same.
This year in response to the effects that COVID-19 is having on our communities we are challenging students to get creative and think outside the box to support their communities. We encourage students to look into their communities and find a need or a cause that they can help with. This can be by raising money virtually by showcasing their entrepreneurial skills by creating a stellar “pitch” video as to why people should support these charities OR become social entrepreneurs themselves and create their own businesses with a product or service to help their communities.
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Have a look at this video from Edison Township School District from last year's challenge:
- Utilize the business skills learned in BizWorld/BizMovie to launch their own businesses
- Practice their 21st century skills (collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication) in an authentic business setting
- Gain more experience about why businesses succeed or fail
- Be creative and confident in their abilities to make a positive change in the world
- Develop increased empathy and compassion for others
What do these mini-executives have in common? Confidence, goals, determination, and the perfect products for YOU.
They all knew from their BizWorld experiences that it's always good to start with prototypes and test your product ideas. They learned how to make their products before investing too much money.
Learning to manufacture
Dahlia Heights Elementary started with the basics. They learned to make bracelets using tools that would improve quality and help them go faster. They helped each other figure out the best way to manufacture.
Some of Mrs. K's entrepreneurs made loom bracelets in all sorts of great colors. Choosing the best color combinations took some judgment and decision making. Figuring out what your customers want isn't always easy, but they stuck with it and worked together. Pretty, right?
Signage makes good marketing
They learned about good marketing and merchandising. Students figured out how to attract customers to their stores. Their bright colors and neat presentation helped!
The Store is Open!
These business owners took time to set up their stores, price their products, and get ready for their sales activities. Preparation was key!
The Principal gets in on the fun
Customers come from everywhere. Even the principal had some gift shopping to do. The sales pitch had to be very good to get her sale. She only likes high quality merchandise - and there was plenty of that.
'Bendy Bandz' Rocks!
Ms. Wright's 'Bendy Bandz' company worked hard, managed their expenses wisely and had strong sales. The team added in a big dose of fun and was happy with what they accomplished.
The team comes together
Nothing beats the feeling of working with your team and doing a great job. Everybody has different strengths and skills to appreciate.
Making the Pitch
The students rehearsed so that when it was time to make their sales pitches to their shoppers, they would be ready. Smiling and positive attitudes helped too!
Busy at work
Ms. Ulrich's students committed to making creative products with buttons. Designing their products took some imagination and lots of creativity. They took their work seriously and came up with lots of great ideas.
All buttoned up
Jewelry, bags, clothing and more. These enterprising students had products to meet your every want and need.
'Beyond Buttons' sells style
The 'Beyond Buttons' company knew that style and variety would be important. Plus, a presentation that sells all the benefits of the product is always best.
Highlights from Past Impact Challenges
"It is always good to think of others and ways we can help others. Often we get too focused on our own needs and wants. Children need to realize they are powerful and they can make a difference."
-Sherri, Teacher, Grade 4
"Raising money for a good cause made my students feel special."
-Francie, Teacher, Grade 5