The founding of businesses receives a lot of media coverage. Children who see this and think that they might like to learn about what is involved can turn to this app. With it, they can learn about the challenges of being an entrepreneur.
Many teachers use everyday situations to teach different concepts. Shopping is one that often makes an appearance in numeracy lessons. It is rare, however, to go beyond the point of sale and giving of change. Entreprenaws skips this part but goes deeper instead. This business education app for children is all about the experience that leads up to sales, or not, if it all goes wrong.
The first-time player of Entreprenaws might feel some confusion as they begin the smoothie enterprise. There is a tutorial that tells you how to do different things but not why you might want to do them. So you click on things, adjust things and... see your business fail.
You try again. You notice that there are a few clues. The little people milling around your stall can give you a little feedback about why they are not buying your wares: your flavours that you created on a whim are all wrong. Back to the shop.
At last, you go get a sale. Oh. That's all the stock gone just as you know what your public wants. Now you know why the smoothie-making machine has a speed setting. Turn up the speed. Great, now the smoothies are flowing but its harder to get the quality right. Turn down the machine. Now there's not enough stock.
This is no good. Maybe you're approaching it all wrong. Maybe the price is key. Making more money from each sale would mean you don't have to sell as many and you could make the smoothies to a higher-quality standard. It works, but not well enough. Your stock and sales are in balance but it is not covering your overheads. Let's try tweaking the machine...
And so flows the constant tweaking, thinking, considering, worrying, and head-scratching of trying to make your on-screen business endeavour succeed. It certainly seems to capture the essence of starting up a business!
That confusion at the start is almost off-putting but it fits in with the whole concept of the app perfectly. There's no manual for building a successful business. The app's learning process is steady and intuitive, though, so players quickly begin to feel that they are progressing, if not succeeding. Success has to be worked for and problems encountered and solved - just like in real life.
This playing experience is supported by a very attractive play area. Menus and options are easy to access and the different screens add variety. The smoothie-making machine, in particular, is a great idea. Combining reactions and juggling tasks it sums up the balance between speed of production and quality control perfectly.
This is a new app but has every sign of being well supported. Online videos provide information and there are some downloadable lesson ideas available on its associated website. Children will find it a great app to sit and tinker with at home. It could also form a part of a business-skills project run at school. For teaching problem solving, persistence and business skills, Entreprenaws will be a great new addition to your mobile device.
From the Developer
You are the Future of Business - play it your own way….. as an Entreprenaw! Entreprenaws LOVE to make lots of money chips!
Entreprenaws is our new game to inspire business brains of all ages!
To become a successful Entreprenaw, you'll need to
- Make deliciously different smoothies to attract the customers in the market.
- Carefully select your special ingredients
- Hit the production line
- Customise and personalise your designs
- Set your smoothie price;
- AND don't forget to keep your eye on the numbers!
The more smoothies you sell, the more chips you make and the more levels you unlock!
Getting started is easy, with plenty of tips to help you find your way around.
Let's get selling, see if you can beat your friends and family!!!
* Easy to install, no registrations or in app purchases, just install and play - right away!
* Updates - watch this space for more levels and products, coming soon!
* Designed with children, parents and teachers to help you to learn in the FUNNEST possible way
* Try running your own business in different locations with different customers and different challenges and see what happens!
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For PARENTS and TEACHERS:
This game is designed with children, teachers and parents to help children and young people learn about business, finance and life skills in a fun way.
We've tested it in UK schools and everyone loved playing and teachers noted how it improved learning from mistakes, creative problem solving and independent learning!
Players have to get creative, do quick maths thinking and rapid decision making to get their Entreprenaws business off the ground! They'll learn some handy business skills, for life!
In the game, learning is mapped to UK curriculum and life skills targets. Children progress through levels, learning and winning badges - they are having fun and you know they are making real achievement.
So, come and get confident about your enterprising potential with Entreprenaws!
Teachers - we have lesson plans and extension activities to use with the app at www.entreprenaws.com and you can find out more about how we got started at www.steppingintobusiness.org
Thanks for playing!