Wednesday March 20th
9:00AM – 12:00PM
At The University of Mount Union
Hoover-Price Campus Center
420 W Simpson St, Alliance, OH 44601
By Invitation Only
85 Eighth Grade Students From Five MS Interested In STEM Careers
Introducing MS students to entrepreneurship education & JA Company Program at the high school level.
Students from Alliance, Marlington, Minerva, Oakwood, & North Canton Middle School invited to participate so their MS students can be introduced to JA Company Program opportunities at their high school.
2019 Innovation Invitational Winners
2019 8th Grade JA Company Pitch Presentations
Junior Achievement and The University of Mount Union partnered to host the first annual Innovation Invitational, a high-level event for middle school. Students were invited to learn and implement the elements of a success business startup through STEM careers using hands-on JA curriculum.
Students from Alliance, Marlington, Minvera, Oakwood and North Canton middle schools were invited to participate based on their entrepreneurial spirit and identified interest in a STEM career on their Junior Achievement Financial Literacy, College and Career Readiness day post-test. A JA program that their entire grade level participated in during the 2018-19 school year that educated students about budgeting, insurance, credit vs debit, and college and career planning.
During the Innovation Invitational students heard from The University of Mount Union facility; Eric Young, Director of Admissions and Mike Kachilla, Associate Professor Management and Director of the Entrepreneurship Program and grad student Kayla Ruffner, about strategies to identifying their career paths and opportunities at the University. Eighth grade students were assigned to groups based on their area of interest and mixed in with students from other middle schools. In these groups they were challenged to formulate a business plan and pitch presentation for a halogenerator in one hour with the guidance of JA business volunteers; Robert Garner of Garner Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and Dawn Campanelli, President of Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio. The 12 groups then made a three-minute powerpoint presentation to Mount Union student judges; Abigail Matsushima, AJ Hammond, and Gabby Cataloni, who selected one group to win a prize.
Students were provided the opportunity to build transferable skills in social interaction, problem solving, teamwork and public speaking, while they explore career options in STEM careers thanks to Junior Achievement's school coordinators; Keith Mcgeehen of Alliance, Danielle Hawk of Minerva, Kylie Shackle of Marlington, Tyler Adkins of Oakwood, and Chris Marshall of North Canton and funding generously provided by an adaptative grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
Funding generously provided by an Adapative Grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
|Campus Grounds Cafe||9:00||Welcome – Mount Union Key Note Speakers|
|9:15||Icebreaker – Mount Union|
|9:30 – 10:30|| |
|9:45||Marketing Details & Advertisement|
|10:25||Load Presentation to USB or Share with google drive JuniorAchievementECO@Gmail.com|
|Campus Grounds Cafe||10:30|| |
Pitches & Judging
(3 Minutes each)
|11:50||Awards, Wrap Up & Dismissal|
Entrepreneurial Challenge: You have formed a company and created a halogenerator. Competition in this market is growing fast. You will need to formulate your business plan and pitch to investors today. What your company and halogenerator product looks like and does is up to you, there are no limitations. Only one halogenerator company will be selected to receive investment today, how will your company and product stand out?