Mini Society Project in Technology Class
Creating the Mini Society
The 7th grade technology class was tasked with creating a mini society, with each student being a member of a country; complete with a Flag, currency, and national anthem. So, what does this have to do with technology?
Quite a bit! The main focus of 7th grade technology is learning how to use spreadsheets. We focus on Google Sheets, but the formulas they learn can be used in all spreadsheet applications (Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, etc). Additionally, we have touched on a few other technical components through using Adobe Photoshop to design our flag, the 3D printer to create our currency, and a word processor for our national anthem.
Application of Technology
In their "country", each student is a store owner; in order to receive their sales permit, they created a business plan and presented their idea to a panel of teachers. This utilized both presentation slideshow software and gave them some experience in public speaking. In their mini society, students keep track of their sales data in spreadsheets. There is no easier way for a middle schooler to learn spreadsheets than to give them data that they actually care about!
The business plan involved selecting what to sell, how much to sell if for, materials needed, and a cost/profit analysis. Through selling items to their classmates, teachers and other students during "the open market" the 7th graders will track their products' success, saving receipts and inputting data into excel spread, adjusting their business plan as needed and using the programs they've learned in technology class. Each student is allowed to sell $30 dollars worth of merchandise over the course of these 5 markets held throughout the school year.
The Open Market
Seventh graders brought their goods to the Lower School for their first public Open Market. In Duckland, the currency is "duck dough" while the other section/country is Moo Moo Meadows and their currency is Cow Bucks. Second and third grade tourists visited the 7th grade countries and were each given 50 units of currency for the country they visited. It was a great lesson for the younger students to budget their allowance while visiting the merchants and the store owners