Business and entrepreneurship taught at 4-H Exploration Days – Part 1

Youth may be interested in attending 4-H Exploration Days in June to learn more about business and entrepreneurship ideas.

Youth ages 11-19 may be interested in attending 4-H Exploration Days, June 23-25, 2016, on the campus of Michigan State University, where over 200 classes are offered including business and entrepreneurship classes. These classes will teach youth how to start their own business as well as obtain marketing skills. In the business and entrepreneurship section, there are six different classes ranging from half-day sessions to full three-day sessions. This is Part 1 in a two-part series explaining the classes offered in the business and entrepreneurship section. Part 2 will discuss the other three classes.

The “Turning Ideas into Products” class will give youth the chance to create a new product using creative and innovative thinking. Youth will have the chance to develop a prototype of their product, create a marketing campaign and promote their business idea to the rest of the group. A tour will be offered to the MSU Innovation Center.

Did you ever wonder what life on a dairy farm is like? “Life on a Dairy Farm” is a half-day session that gives youth a chance to observe careers in the dairy industry. A fast-moving board game called Life on a Dairy Farm combines real family farm mishaps and gives youth a chance to develop critical thinking, money and math skills.

The “Going Solo” class involves a simulated online game version of the real market. Youth will learn how to run their own company, develop a virtual product and compete in a market. Entrepreneurial skills are learned along with learning the realities of owning and operating their own business.

4-H Exploration Days gives youth a chance to “explore” all different areas of interest from healthy living, livestock, science and a whole lot more. The session books will be out in March.

For more information on 4-H Exploration Days or Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program, contact your local MSU Extension office.

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