Googolplex

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Googolplex offers three 2-page quarterly newsletters: one for elementary-school students, one for middle-school youth, and one especially for highschool and older teens. You can preview them here.

You can use each newsletters “as is”, customize with your credit union name and web address, or you can chose components of the newsletters and add them to your own unique newsletter.

All three newsletters are available to your credit union in hi-resolution for print, or lo-resolution for e-mail attachments and links from your home page.

Additional articles

In addition to the free newsletter pages we provide every quarter, you may use the following articles in your communications with members. Feel free to edit these articles as you see fit:


Article 1
What the Heck's a Googolplex? *

Ever wonder: Which is worth more—a 1978 Boba Fett action figure or a 1989 Hot Wheels Lamborghini? If the U.S. could run out of money? Who's taking money out of your paycheck?

You'll find the answers to these and a googol of other questions by reading [INSERT URL OF YOUR web site] Googolplex, [INSERT your credit union’s name here]’s guide for student moneymakers.

Googolplex contains stories, games, and puzzles for elementary, middle, and high school students. It's all about money—getting it, saving it, spending it, borrowing it. It'll show you how business and the economy work and how you can take control of your financial future. And it'll make you laugh.

Read Googolplex today. And come back regularly. You'll find something new each month. It's just one more way [INSERT YOUR CREDIT UNION NAME] can help you make the most of your money.

* A Googolplex is the largest number with a name. If we could know how many atoms there are in the universe, that number would still be less than a Googolplex. Notice that Googolplex is not simply the largest number, because there is always Googolplex + 1! [INSERT URL of your web site] Googolplex is also the name of [INSERT YOUR CREDIT UNION NAME]'s new online youth magazine.


Article 2:
Get Your Kids and Teenagers Online

After visiting our [INSERT URL OF YOUR web site] web site, click on Googolplex and turn over the computer to the "under 20" members of your household. Our new online guide for youth will help guide high school, middle school, and elementary school students to earn, save, and spend money wisely.

Stop by 5-Spot Clubhouse and read Make Your Family Tree. Click on the activity Quarter Keeper 2005 and get started on your commemorative quarter collection.

Read Maya Lin Remembers in AJ’s Mall to learn about the designer of the Vietnam War Memorial. Or play along with the game show Car Builder and price your model car.

Visit C-Note University and play the game Odd School. Which scholarships are real and which are bogus? Read Let Compound Interest Work to learn how to make your money work for you.

Each week look for new games and articles in [INSERT URL of your Googolplex link] Googolplex, [INSERT your Credit union’s name here]’s guide for student moneymakers.


Article 3:
Find the Best Car

You're buying your first vehicle. But what's the right car for you? The answer depends on whom you ask… parents, insurer, auto mechanic, government, or your friends.

You'll find help on our web site at [INSERT YOUR web site URL] Googolplex. Click on the "Googolplex for Student Moneymakers" button, and visit C-Note University. Click on the Stuff note on the kiosk and start your journey with Find the Best Car.

After they find their best car, they can try park it in the Googolplex game, Parking Lot. Wish them luck!

Come back often—there’s a wealth of information and fun in Googolplex, with new stories and games every month.


Article 4:
Teenage Shopping Challenge

Calling all middle school students! Take the Googolplex Teenage Shopping Challenge: How would you spend $150 on clothes for school?

Stalked by Googolplex’s photographers like stars with their very own paparazzi, Candace, Haley, Justin and Erik meet the charge in Madison, Wisconsin, and set out on a marathon mall crawl!

Go to [INSERT YOUR web site URL] Googolplex, [INSERT your credit union name]’s guide for student moneymakers, and visit AJ’s Mall. Click on the department storefront and start your journey with Teenage Shopping Challenge.

After the Shopping Challenge, relax as you chase bouncing checks all over the map in the game Rubber Checks. It’s not your money, right?

Come back often—there’s a wealth of information and fun in Googolplex, with new stories and games every month.


Article 5:
Make a Stunning Scrapbook!

Okay, you’ve always saved pictures, postcards, clippings, and other cool things. They remind you of your friends and the fun you’ve had! Are they scattered around the house? Well, pick a topic and organize them into a scrapbook!

Read Make a Stunning Scrapbook and other stories about you at [INSERT YOUR CREDIT UNION'S URL] Googolplex, [INSERT your CU name]’s guide for student moneymakers.

And then be glad your scrapbook didn’t get caught in Hugh Googol’s Super Slicey Slice-O-Matic. It’s shredded all his money into strips, and then mixed them up. Can you help him get it back together?

Come back often—there’s a wealth of information and fun in Googolplex, with new stories and games every month.


Article 6:
Teach Your High School Student About Investing in Stocks

[INSERT YOUR CU NAME HERE]’s online youth guide, [INSERT your CU’s URL] Googolplex: The Credit Union Guide for Student Moneymakers offers an in-depth series on how to evaluate individual stocks and mutual funds as potential investments.

Even if your teenagers aren’t ready to invest, the series provides useful information on how investments work, and how stocks’ value rises over time.

To get started, click on the money note on the C-Note bulletin board. A treasure-chest of money articles opens up. Check out Time Machine Investment, Part I in the 8-part series on investing.

After they’ve made their fortune, let loose and have fun with the game Timelock. Seems they can’t get the money out of the vault!

Encourage them to come back often—there’s a wealth of information and fun in Googolplex, with new stories and games every month.


Article 7:
Encourage Middle School Students to Invest

Do your teenagers know that their regular allowance, gift money, and pay from jobs can earn them even more money?

Tell them about AJ’s Mall at [INSERT your CU’s URL] Googolplex, [INSERT your CU’s name]’s guide for student moneymakers. When they click on the credit union storefront a treasure-chest of money articles opens up.

Watch Your Money Grow uses two calculators to compare different ways their investments grow at [INSERT your CU’s name here].

The Magic of Compound Interest shows how your money works for you.

Encourage them to come back often—there’s a wealth of information and fun in Googolplex, with new stories and games every month.


Article 8:
Help Elementary Students Love to Save

Here’s an easy way to convince your children of the value of saving: visit the 5-Spot Clubhouse at [INSERT YOUR CU’s URL] Googolplex, [INSERT your credit union’s name]’s guide for student moneymakers.

Show your kids the treasure chest, click on it and let them discover the wealth of stories about money. Try Earn More Money and Earn Even More Money to teach them about interest earnings. Use the Googolplex Savings Calculator to show them how long it will take them to reach a specific goal through saving.

Inspire them with Ryan’s Sno-Kones, a true story about an 11-year-old boy who runs his own business. Teach them to save with Saving is as Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Encourage them to come back often—there’s a wealth of information and fun in Googolplex, with new stories and games every month.

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