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SMS Students Run the Show at Enterprise America

Recently, a group of Solvay Middle School students paid a visit to WCNY’s “Enterprise America.”

Enterprise America is a hands-on program for middle-school students, and allows them to practice (and apply) the core tenets of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), as well as their financial and civic literacy skills. Before that, however, students will partake in some classroom instruction, working with teachers who are using curriculum aligned to state and 21st century learning standards.

Following the completion of classroom study, students embarked on their journey into in Enterprise America City, which they were responsible for operating in its entirety! This meant students effectively ran the city’s 14 different businesses, as well as city hall itself, giving these visitors a hands-on opportunity to “drive the ship!”

In order to run an entire city, these students were required to flex a wide range of skills if they wanted to make things operate smoothly. A very cool opportunity from a very cool project!

students in front of city hall

students behind the camera

"vote here!"

students sit behind the desks

students pose for a picture at enterprise america

students engaged in public speaking

students conduct business




Solvay Union Free School District
Jay Tinklepaugh, Superintendent
PO Box 980
299 Bury Drive
Syracuse, New York 13209
Phone: (315) 468-1111

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