Adam Smith's Pin Factory is one of the most famous examples in the history of economics. During this program, educators will see a student simulation where the classroom is turned into a pin factory as students race to make "pins" out of pipe cleaners.
We will then take a virtual tour of Smith's pin factory using Adam Smith Works and connect passages from Smith's Wealth of Nations to key economic concepts, like the division of labor and trade. Three Econiful members will win a resource package to implement the simulation.
Terra Aquia is the K12 Programs Coordinator at the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics at the University of Central Arkansas. She received her B.A. in History & Anthropology in 2016 and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2022. In her role, she works with university scholars to create interdisciplinary social studies educational content for K- 12 teachers & students in Arkansas. Her research focuses on best practices for interdisciplinary teaching and active-learning pedagogy.
Alice Temnick, Ed.D. teaches IB Economics for the United Nations International School in Manhattan. Additionally she serves as IB Examiner, an instructor for Oxford Study Courses summer program at Harvard and as a mentor teacher for FTE. Her previous teaching experience in AZ included AP, IB and regular Economics in a public high school.