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Think Tank to Shark Tank

Registrations are now open for our award-winning summer day camp for youth in grades 6-9 from July 8th-12th (9:00am-3:30pm). Youth compete in team design challenges, applying learnings in principles of entrepreneurship and engineering, and pitch their innovations to area business leaders. Expert faculty in engineering, business, and education work alongside camp counselors to meet the unique learning needs of youth. Outside of touring area businesses, youth gain valuable experience using 3D printers and software, and digital video production, in a state of the art Makerspace. Camp registration is $250 and includes all lunches, supplies, trips, and a camp t-shirt.

Limited scholarships are available, and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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2018-19 Programming

Workshop Title Date and Time
Financial Preparation & Pathways for College: Workshop for Educators (Gr. 7-16) Mar. 16, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Diversitas: Expanding Diversity in Wealth Management  Free for Teachers/Influencers

Mar. 19, 7:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Teaching the Holocaust: The Economics & Science of Hate* (At Capacity & Closed) June 19-30, 2019
Youth Summer Camp: Think Tank to Shark Tank July 8-12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Teacher Institute: Entrepreneurship & STEM Education July 22-26, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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Financial Preparation & Pathways for College Readiness

Saturday, Mar. 16 • 9:30 am- 11:30 am

Most existing and future good-paying jobs require some form of post-secondary education. Educators are at the center of preparing students for the rigors (both academic and financial) necessary for successful college completion. However, a college education can be expensive, and most students often finance it through some form of borrowing. This debt can become a huge financial liability, even many years after graduation.

In this workshop, experienced financial advisors present strategies and tools that educators and their students can use to eliminate and reduce loan debt and be better financially prepared for college. All educators that complete this workshop will earn contact hours, a certificate of completion, and a $25 stipend. 


In partnership with VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc.

Register for FREE now!