The Investment Challenges are run as online or university-hosted competitions using the Finance Lab simulation.
Each participating school and college is provided with a free site licence of the Global Investor simulation games, Finance Lab, and Dealing Room.
The competitions' key objectives are to enable students to apply their learning in Applied Maths and Business, and to develop business awareness, transferable and employability skills and enterprise and entrepreneurship.
The inter-school competitions use the Trading Floor simulation and involve 20 to 30 schools in each UK region.
The day events are sponsored and supported by a number of universities, EBPs and businesses.
Thousands of Year 9 to Year 12 students from hundreds of UK schools and colleges have taken part since the competition began in 2003.
... and get free use of the simulations for all your students.
“Very stimulating. Today I have seen students who find it very difficult to concentrate on maths being very stimulated and focussed. I am hoping this will be an impetus which will encourage them more in this field.”
Catherina Gilmurray, Maths Teacher, St. Aidanís High School
"From entry level through to Masters programmes, Finance Lab gives students an understanding of the financial markets and creates an opportunity for them to test their skills and see how they work under pressure. It gives a reality which develops all sorts of entrepreneurial skills."
Lesley Hyder, Principal Lecturer, Southampton Business School
"Finance Lab gave our students the opportunity to experience how maths is used in a real life situation and encourages them to pursue a careers in financial services. It also gives them an insight into university life."
Jonathan Price, Head of Sixth Form, Heolddu Comprehensive School
We used Trading Floor for an enterprise day which involved all years on a carousel basis. The students absolutely loved it - the competition between groups was immense! The high quality resources gives the game a professional look and makes the students think it is far more realistic. It gives students a valuable application of Maths in the real world.
Simon Hetherington, Head of Mathematics, Al Yasmina School
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