Economics/Finance
The knowledge of economics and finance is an important tool as your child grows older. Learn about our money system, the management of personal finances, the stock market, and more.
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Let's Get Real
Let's Get Real™ is an academic competition and an opportunity for teams of students to gain experience working on real business challenges. Corporate sponsors supply real challenges for which teams submit solutions in business format. Each team chooses from the list of challenges the one(s) it finds most interesting. Challenges might include areas such as environmental issues, manufacturing, distribution, engineering, software creation, human resources, health and safety, facilities design, public relations, or any other areas deemed important to the corporations involved. There is no entry fee for teams.
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101 Financial Lessons
A free ezine offered via email to help educators and homeschoolers make teaching finances easy and fun. Each weekly lesson introduces a new financial concept. Includes lessons, activities, and more.
StreetSage
StreetSageTM is an educational, web-based software targeted to young adults, specifically for but not limited to high school students. The flagship product is the first of its kind to educate fledgling investors with a realistic simulation of the long-term virtues of the stock market. StreetSage teaches economics, investing, and personal finance.
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National Financial Educators Council
The National Financial Educators Council is an independent social enterprise company that provides personal financial education resources to people and organizations with a passion to improve the financial capabilities of citizens in their communities. The NFEC offers solutions that reduce the time, cost, and personnel required to establish a successful and sustainable financial literacy campaign.
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