The H&R Budget Challenge will teach US kids aged 14 and up about real world financial skills as they compete to win scholarships & learn about money. Students need to understand financial skills but it is hard to teach these until students are out in the real world spending real money and making perhaps really lifechanging mistakes. That changes today. Today the H&R Block Budget challenge is open for registration.
This cool simulation combines real world scenarios in a powerful gamified environment where students and schools are competing for real prizes. (See the rules.)
In this contest, students ages 14 up under the supervision of their teachers are given a pretend “salary” inside the simulation. They have bills to pay and things they need to do with their money. They are challenged to create a budget. As students go through the simulation they are met with real world “challenges:” the unexpected twists and turns that life itself throws at you.
H&R Block is giving away $20,000 Scholarships: 132 of them!
But this experience has a very real world impact. Leading classrooms will win classroom grants. But get this — H&R Block is awarding 132 (22 per simulation) $20,000 college scholarships! (The overall winner will receive a $100,000 college scholarship!)
The Fun Game With a Serious Real World Impact
Parents will appreciate the experience you are giving your students now — in just a few years these 14 year olds and older will be in the “real world” spending very real money. It is better to make mistakes and learn inside this game than to have extremely real consequences in a world where money is hard to come by. For this reason, I think this contest is life changing and can make every participant a winner whether they receive a scholarship or not. Learning to budget makes winners because money management is a struggle for so many.
There are so many things that I love about this program. First of all, I love the gamification aspect of what is being done. While the scenarios are real world, the gaming aspects (as well as real world prizes) are going to make this something that many kids will enjoy. I also appreciate that they will send me curriculum materials to teach alongside the simulation. And yes, I just registered my own classes today.
When does the challenge run?
This will run throughout the school year with six simulation periods: one starting October 3 with the last one starting on February 13, 2015. It is for teachers in United States public and private schools who teach students aged 14 and older. (See the rules for all the details.)
How Do You Enter Your Classroom in the H&R Block Budget Challenge?
- Go to the H&R Block Budget Challenge Website: www.hrbds.org
- Read the guidelines to make sure your school fits the criteria
- Sign up your classroom!
Can You Tell Me More?
You can find all of the details on the official rules form, but here’s the overview of the challenge:
So, get out there and take the challenge! Let’s have some fun and change our student’s financial future at the same time.