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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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Young Entrepreneurs Prepare to Fuel Detroit’s Comeback

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Detroit, Michigan, has had it rough in the past several years. High unemployment rates, people moving out, failing industry and endless economic hardships led the city to declare bankruptcy in 2013. In this article, KWHS explores how entrepreneurial thinking – even in those as young as middle school and high school – may be just what the city needs to begin rebuilding a new foundation for Detroit’s future.

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You Have 60 Seconds to Make Your Elevator Pitch. Go!

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High school senior Jordan Harden just won the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s 2014 elevator pitch competition. Here are some tips for crafting — and delivering — a killer elevator pitch.

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The Week in Review:

South Sudan: Business Ethics Can Help the World’s Youngest Country

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South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. When it broke from Sudan a few years back, many were hopeful that it would build a stronger economy. However, it is struggling. KWHS teen contributor Mats Terwiesch spoke with Eric Kacou, an expert on Africa, about the role of businesses and investors in helping the country rebound and find its way.

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Summer Highlights: Seven Lessons in Leadership

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During GenHERation’s 2014 Summer Leadership Series, professional women shared insights and anecdotes about leadership and success in the business world. Two high school students who attended the workshops share their favorite takeaways.

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Understanding the Mobile Wallet Market

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Shoppers with a mobile wallet app can start using their smartphones to make payments at any store that uses a near-field communication reader available at checkout. Lots of companies, from Google to startup Venmo have entered the mobile wallet market, and yet consumers are slow to adopt this new payment method. What’s behind the lack of popularity? Will mobile wallets ever become the norm? This Knowledge@Wharton article – with KWHS commentary from young Silicon Valley tech whiz Daniel Brusilovsky – explores these questions and more.

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An Intelligent Glove, a Smartphone App and a Teen’s Perspective on What’s Missing in School

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Jake Coppinger, 17, has always loved technology. When he didn’t get the type of experimentation he was looking for in high school, he began to explore bigger and better ways of creating things on his own. The result? Swirlesque, an intelligent glove that can recognize hand gestures and communicate with a Smartphone to connect to any Internet-enabled device. Coppinger discusses the power of innovative thinking, both inside and outside the classroom.

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