Money Matters Virtual


What makes our world tick? What does it take to become a millionaire? How should I spend my money? In our world, money matters, so we're partnering with the Money Tree Project to teach about economics, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. Learn how to create an effective budget, how to spend your money, and how to build a business from the ground up. We'll cover topics like interest, investing in the stock market, supply and demand, opportunity cost, and much more! We are also inviting a guest speaker on the topic of entrepreneurship.

Topic covered:

  • Simple vs compound interest

  • Investing: real estate, stocks, bonds, collectibles

  • Budgeting

  • Debit and credit cards

  • Insurance

  • Inflation

  • Factors of production

  • Supply and demand

  • GDP and GNP

  • Opportunity cost

  • Marginal analysis

  • Market structures

  • Unemployment and the labor force

  • What is entrepreneurship?

  • How is a business formed?

Location: Live virtual class via Zoom

Date/Time: July 20th - 24th | 4 PM - 5:45 PM

Required Materials: Laptop with Zoom

Teacher: Marcus Kuo

Marcus is the team captain of Saratoga High's economics team which won the California State Finals in the National Economics Challenge and qualified for the National Semifinals in the David Ricardo Division. Economics captivates him, as it can be used to explain complex ideas in simple terms. He believes the basics of monetary topics should be taught in every education pathway. Marcus plays water polo and likes to spend his spare time reading and learning.

Teacher: Cheryl Wu

Cheryl is the team coach for Redwood Middle School's economics team, who won first place in the California State Finals in the middle school National Economics Challenge. To her, understanding economics allows one to understand how the world works. Cheryl is a firm believer in the idea that financial literacy is the first step on a path to success. She enjoys crafting and baking whenever she gets the chance to.

Teacher: Andy Chen

Andy is a California State Finalist in the Personal Finance Challenge. His team placed in the top 2% out of 725 teams the KWHS Investment Challenge, a competition run by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He's fascinated with how economic policy can be used to better our society and the world as a whole. In his free time, Andy likes reading, programming, and swimming.

Teacher: Henry Weng

Henry ranked 4th in the nation for high school economics in FBLA. He cofounded the Youth Economics Initiative (YEI), an organization that provides resources and guidance to high school economists globally. The YEI has over 20 high school chapters and has promoted economics education to nearly 1,000 students. Henry has done research with economics professors of leading institutions like Stanford and Wharton. In addition, he is the President of Saratoga High's Economics Club and is a Co-President of the school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter.