Teens Learn Money Management Through Mobile Game
Money management for teens becomes more engaging and less daunting with a new app called Save the Camp! Designed for students in grades 7 – 10, the app was developed by Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union and The Learning Partnership.
“We wanted to find a way to improve financial literacy in schools,” says Scott Windsor, Vice-President of Corporate Communications at Meridian Credit Union. “So we brought together experts in financial literacy, youth education and game-based learning to develop Save the Camp! which is a teacher-tested, student-approved educational tool to help Canadian teens understand how to budget and manage money.”
“I feel that it was a fun way to learn about finances. It’s going to help me understand how to control my spending,” said Andrea Pungyan. Erin Lin has already downloaded the app and hopes to work in finance someday, “It’s a pretty awesome game,” she said. “My mom is an accounting teacher and thinks that every child should play the game because people should know about finances these days.”
Teachers in various school boards and the Ministry of Education Curriculum division were consulted to ensure game mechanics were built into the app to address curriculum expectations for grades 7-10.
“Teachers are always searching for creative and innovative ways to engage students and enhance learning,” says Michelle Beveridge, Interim President & CEO of The Learning Partnership. “Save the Camp! is designed to teach financial literacy, and is one of a series of digital projects The Learning Partnership has recently undertaken to provide teachers with tools that will resonate with students while teaching them skills they will need to compete in the global economy.”
Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney, whose mandate is to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians by engaging partners from various sectors, has supported the development of the app since its conception.
“This app offers a tremendous opportunity to help young people build their financial literacy, which is an essential life skill,” says Rooney. “We want Canadian youth to learn about money early on so they can gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to make financial decisions. I’m pleased to see organizations from across Canada, including Meridian and The Learning Partnership, develop fun, engaging and interactive programs that strengthen Canadians’ financial literacy.”