Team 1 members (from left) Bricen White, Austin Brown, Bryant Pestoff, Zachary Hull and Bret Jadvani present Hippity Hop CDs, the business they created, to Clay Community Schools' Jennifer Snoddy, technology integrator, and the two "VPs" (not pictured) Wayne Rockmore and his assistant from the Indiana State University School of Business. Friday afternoon, five teams of fourth and fifth graders presented their projects for "Schoolyard, Inc., The Final Reveal" at Meridian Elementary. The exercise was based on "The Apprentice."
Students were asked to come up with a business idea, figure out how to promote it and compete to sell it. They came up with "varied business plans, from a tutoring service to a CD store and a bakery," said Snoddy. The children have been meeting after school for five or six weeks to work on their projects. WTHI and ISU School of Business helped sponsor the activities.
Snoddy gave the children instructions that came from "The Boss", who was actually her two-year-old nephew. The students' motivation was to try and win "$15,000" in school money, Meridian's currency being "giraffees", since the giraffe is the school's mascot.