Bright Ideas Showcase and Contest is CANCELLED

Bright Ideas Showcase and Contest is CANCELLED

Marketplace for Kids has regretfully made the decision to cancel this year’s Bright Ideas Showcase and Contest.

The event was to be held July 22, 2015 in conjunction with the North Dakota State Fair. Marketplace for Kids will start planning immediately to ensure that our 2016 Bright Ideas Showcase and Contest offers even more positive learning experiences for our students.

We will be announcing plans this fall for our 2016 Marketplace for Kids “Education Days” to be held in communities across North Dakota. Please visit our website at for further updates.


Marketplace for Kids
Marilyn Kipp, Executive Director
210 North 4th Street
Bismarck, ND 58501
701-663-0150 (Office)
701-226-2273 (Cell)

Inspirational Feedback

Inspirational Feedback
June, 2014

We’d like to share an inspiring quote from Connie Smith, a retired educator and administrator in Jamestown, North Dakota. Connie’s quote truly summarizes the Marketplace for Kids mission!

“Marketplace for Kids does a fantastic job of igniting the spirit of entrepreneurship in students. The activities are designed to help them become comfortable with change while learning to thrive on positive competition. Lessons, based on standards and benchmarks, help students develop the skills needed for recognizing possible entrepreneurship opportunities and then show them how to organize their ideas for development and growth of actual products. Marketplace for Kids helps to extend thinking skills and encourages risk-taking with forethought. It also teaches students how to use an integrated approach to designing products, which is absolutely relevant in today's global environment. But most of all, it makes learning fun, exciting and challenging!”

Connie Smith, Honorary Chair
Marketplace for Kids, Advisory Leadership Team
Retired Educator and Administrator, Jamestown

Education Day Theme

Education Day Theme
August, 2014

This year’s theme is a repeat from past years, but a good one! The Gears of Innovation theme is meant to get your students thinking creatively while using critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Theme Logo

Let the Gears of Innovation Inspire You!

In addition to our traditional Gears of Innovation theme, this year we are introducing a new exciting program called the Innovation in Technology Challenge. The challenge will enable students to choose from 6 categories that inspire technology solutions; anything from designing a tablet or smartphone app to writing and producing a commercial for a product or service. This exciting new program is a direct result of students requesting more technology-based programs!

Innovation in Technology Challenge