Innovation is what drove Naomi Shah to study indoor air quality while a student at Sunset High School in Portland, Ore., work that led her to win the Google Science Fair when she was 16 and become a finalist at the Intel Science Talent Search this spring.The innovation didn’t stop with the accolades. Shah wanted people to start thinking about improving air quality as a way to end respiratory diseases, like asthma, that had ravaged many people in her family. Read more.
It happened to Groupon CEO Andrew Mason. It happened to Scott Thompson, once the CEO of Yahoo!, and Scott Forstall, the guru behind Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads. And someday, getting fired may happen to you. Read more.
Keeping track of cell phone calling minutes, texts and data may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a good way to learn how to keep a budget, especially if you’re paying part of your bill. And with 75 percent of kids ages 12 to 17 using their own cell phones, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, plenty of students should try to ace cell phone economics before heading off to college or the working world. Read more.
(Zane) Parks learned an early financial lesson, and one that experts say is important: You can only spend the money you’ve got. For teenagers who have a bank account, it’s a concept that, if learned early, can pay off big time throughout their lives. Read more.
When Muncie, Ind., teen Madeline Grosh finds a really cool pair of shoes online, she will send her parents a quick email with a link as a not-so-subtle hint that these would make a superb birthday present.
But before they end up wrapped in shiny paper, mom usually replies: Find a better price. Read more.