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The Silicon Valley Start-up that Began with Legos and a Market Need

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Shubham Banerjee, a 13-year-old with a creative mind, is now learning what it means to found a start-up technology business in California’s Silicon Valley. He is exploring his potential market, meeting with venture capitalists, planning the launch of his first product and still attending eighth grade at the Champion School in San Jose, Calif. And it all started with Lego Mindstorms EV3 and an interest in helping blind people have access to more affordable technology.

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Blogger Zina Kumok: Saving Money Helped Me Prepare for My Future and Even Find Love

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The Global Money Week 2015 theme is “Save Today. Safe Tomorrow.” The message is pretty clear – if you want a more secure financial future, then you need to start doing something about it today. In honor of global money awareness, personal-finance blogger Zina Kumok, 26, writes about one of her favorite topics: saving money.

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He’s 18, and He Works for Facebook!

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In August 2014, Michael Sayman was hired as Facebook’s youngest full-time software engineer. His journey to a job at one of the world’s most high-profile companies began with a simple love for coding that took him farther than he could have ever dreamed.

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A Senator, a Snowball and Global Climate Change

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Global climate change often tops the national and international news, most recently as a cause for the Syrian War and in the shape of a snowball landing with a thud on the U.S. Senate floor. Whether you believe global warming to be a myth or reality, the issues around climate change have taken the world stage. KWHS talks with high school students who recently researched and debated the issues at the World Affairs Council Philadelphia’s International Climate Summit.

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Budgeting Tips to Help You Take Control of Your Money

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Do you think money is power? Personal-finance blogger Zina Kumok has learned the hard way that money management is much more powerful. In the latest installment of her ongoing KWHS series about financial tools and decision-making, Kumok shares the why and how of budgeting — a concept that will help you travel a more successful personal-finance path during and after high school.

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The Fencer’s ‘Flick’ and Other Shrewd Moves from Intel’s 2015 Science Stars

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Even if you don’t speak the language of code and algorithms, finalists for the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search may have some useful insights for you. KWHS talks to several of the finalists about their projects and discovers a few common themes for anyone looking to embrace innovation and problem-solving — namely, the value of passion, persistence and people who offer support.

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Working for the Family Business: Are You Ready?

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Often, children who join the family business do so for the wrong reasons and are unprepared to help take it to the next level. Next gens who are considering this career track benefit from taking a break from the company to attend college or work elsewhere, so that you develop your own skills and credibility. KWHS explores what it takes to be ready for your family business.

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The Ins and Outs of Interest — from a Student Loan Survivor

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Zina Kumok has learned a thing or two about personal finance – the hard way. After college, she was saddled with $28,000 in student-loan debt. A few years later, she is debt-free. KWHS has asked Zina to share what she has learned about money in her early 20s, everything from saving and investing to earning and spending. First up — understanding interest.

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