Category 3: Business and Community Organizations
Design a website and/or create a video story that showcases local businesses or organizations
(e.g. chamber of commerce, city hall, hospitals, banks, libraries, boys & girls clubs,
civic clubs, stores and shops).
The theme for
CyberFair 2019 is "Envision & Unite!"
"If you can envision it, you can have it" -
Bob Proctor, Author
In partnership with the
World Future Society, youth are asked to share their dreams for the future - by
thinking about the possible future, the probable future, the preferable future
and the preventable future.
B: Learning Objectives:
Students will demonstrate the
interdependence which exists within their community, learning about the networks that
connect goods, people ideas and information.
Students will identify local
businesses and organizations and describe the contributions those organizations make to
the their community.
Students will begin to think about
their own career path.
C: Discussion Questions:
How do people get jobs or decide on
How early should a student start
thinking about making money and being a part of a community?
What jobs and careers are available in
What opportunities are there to
prepare you for these positions?
Are there local schools and colleges
to help prepare you to enter the work force or will you have to leave the community to get
the preparation you will need?
What can be learned from reading the
classified "Want Ads" in the local newspapers?
Why should a student consider doing
volunteer work? (for example, at local hospital?)
D. Suggested Starter
View past projects
produced by students in this category.
To acquire basic knowledge of the
economic interdependence between businesses, community organizations and the residents of
a community, students can start by learning the difference between things they need and
things they want. Have the students distinguish the difference.
Search through various ads for items
we could use in our daily lives and categorize them as "Needs" and
Divide a large sheet of chart paper or
butcher paper into two sections with headings: "Needs-necessary for everyday
life" and "Wants-extras." Have the class discuss items before taping or
gluing them in the appropriate section on the paper.
Determine which businesses and
community organizations provide the wants and needs in your area.
Research which type of businesses or
organizations are thriving, such as the service sector, and which appear to be on a
decline. Describe how this information will affect how people get jobs and decide on
Interview an officer in a local
business organization. Report back on what jobs and careers are available along with
opportunities for job preparation.
Make contact with officials at local
colleges and universities. Find out what is happening in the work force and how that
affects their curriculum.
Use Want Ads from various sources.
Classify the different jobs into various categories, such as Service, Manufacturing,
Sales, etc. Make some general conclusions based on this information.
Illustrate the basic components of a
graph on the board or overhead labeling the x and y axis. A simple graph might be the
number of students present each day of the week. The y axis would identify the number of
students, the y axis would identity the days of the week. Using Help Wanted columns, have
students choose at least five job titles and write them on the x (horizontal) axis on the
worksheet (one job title corresponding with one letter). Then have students count the
number of ads for each job title and plot this information using the y (vertical) axis.
Extend the assignment by having
students graph the number of Help Wanted ads in the paper for a five-day period.
Survey teachers, administrators,
support personnel at school and graph the number of different jobs each held before
entering the field of education.
E: Examples of Projects
Tour of Linden Avenue
California, USA, 2001)
Wabash County Fair
Metropolitan School District of Wabash County
(Wabash, Indiana, USA, 2001)
Our Home Lewiston
Martel Elementary School
(Lewiston, Maine, USA, 2000)
COGS for Emporia
Village Elementary School
(Emporia, Kansas, USA, 2000)
Hurricane Floyd - Disaster in Motion
Southampton Middle School
(Virginia, Courtland, USA, 2000)
- The Gateway to Careers
Singapore Chinese Girls' School
- The Chatham Ironmen
Dr. Losier Middle School & James M. Hill High School
(New Brunswick, Canada,
Roar of the Lion City
Cedar Girl's Secondary School
to the City of Safety Harbor
Safety Harbor Middle School
(Florida, USA, 1997)
Portland Business and Service Directory
(Michigan, USA, 1997)
The Hamlet of Hampton Bays
Hampton Bays UFSD
(New York, USA, 1997)
North Surrey Business and Community Organizations
North Surrey Secondary School
A Special Place to Be
Addison Elementary School
(Ohio, USA, 1996)
Corona Avenue Elementary School