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Project Description

Welcome to the High Tech Middle Chula Vista Stewardship project, a year long simulation that aims to mimic real life financial situations for students in order for them to learn and apply math in their financial decision making. Below you will find information about the various parts of our project.

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Starting wealth

Our team's starting wealth of $100,000 was distributed in proportion to current wealth inequality in America.  This meant that

  • 1% of our students (1 student) started out with 40% of the wealth  

  • 80% of our students had to divide up only 7% of the wealth  

Income

Students earn income by:

  • doing their classwork 

  • investing

  • starting a business

Gender Wage Gap

In order to mimic the gender wage gap that exists in the US, according to the 2019 US Census Report (page 10)...

  • half of the students will receive 82% of the income that their classmates receive.

Housing

Rent

In order to authentically feel the costs of rent in the United States, students use the real estate website, Zillow and search for...

  • 1 bedroom or studios if they choose to "live" alone.

  • 2+ bedroom places if they choose to "live" with roommates

We have searched U.S. cities that include, but not limited to...

  • San Diego, CA

  • Bay Area, CA

  • Washington, DC

  • New York, NY

  • Chicago, IL

  • Houston, TX

  • Denver, CO

  • Los Angeles, CA

  • Miami, FL

Taxes

Income Tax

Students calculate taxes based on their monthly income.  We follow the U.S. Income Tax brackets and the "bucket" system.

  • Students pay 10% of their first $1,000 

  • Students pay 12% of their next $3,000 (after the initial $1,000)

  • Students pay 24% of their next $4,500 (after the initial $1,000 and next $3,000)

Below is an example of the income tax form.  

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Life Cycle

The life cycle is mean to mimic life's unexpected health, auto and home costs.  Students gather data of real prices for auto, health and home items that would possibly be purchased.  

 

Students will spin the randomized life cycle each month.  Whatever the situation the life cycle lands on, students will either pay the costs directly or have purchased insurance prior to cover the costs.

Student businesses

Student businesses - insurance 

Students have the opportunity to start their own insurance business

  • Student entrepreneurs set their own insurance prices for

    • auto insurance​

    • home insurance

    • health insurance

    • "bundles" - combining insurances

  • Student customers get to shop around

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Investing

Stocks

Students "buy" stocks in our online banking system and track the progress the decline and growth of the stock, calculating percent of change.  

 

Below is an example of a student's stock percent change slide.  

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Bank account

My kids bank

Students use the online bank account, mykidsbank.org, a free educational online account designed to teach personal finance.

Thank you to My Kids Bank for providing this service!