Accelerated math students at a Pennsylvania elementary school are playing The Stock Market Game and getting a feel for real-world investments. Students learn about math, economics and social studies, and it allows them to grow $100,000 in investments, researching, plus buying and selling stocks — all using up-to-date market prices.
After his day’s work is completed, investor Trey Natili logs onto his computer to check his investments on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ stock markets.
“Stocks are more than buying and selling,” he said. “You have to research and spend your money wisely or it could cost you a lot.”
His partner, Ryan Leibscher, is leaning toward adding Best Buy to their portfolio.
Unlike their professional counterparts on Wall Street, the novice investors approach their buying and selling as a game. But what separates the men from the boys in this instance is that these boys are actually boys.
Trey and Ryan, both age 10, are fourth-graders at McMurray Elementary School in the Peters Township School District.
As members of an accelerated fifth-grade mathematics class, the youths are teammates in the 10-week, worldwide The Stock Market Game, which simulates real world investing.
The 22 students work in teams to grow $100,000 in virtual cash by researching, buying and trading stocks, bonds and mutual funds at real-time prices.
Through The Stock Market Game curriculum, students are taught financial terms, how to interpret charts and graphs, how stock prices are influenced and more.
Selected news articles spur discussion questions such as “How will this event affect a company’s earnings?” and “How might the situation impact the overall economy?”
The Stock Market Game is a program of the nonprofit Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation for Investor Educator.
More than 14 million students have participated in the program since it was established in 1977.