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 three Global Investor simulation games: Finance Lab, Dealing Room and Trading Floor.
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.
“Trading Floor taught us that you have to work well in a team and commit to your particular job in order for the whole team to benefit. It also helped me to develop skills which would be essential for a job in this area, such as quick thinking and decision making.”
Caoimhe Flanagan, Pupil, Thornhill College
“Dealing Room is beneficial as an enrichment activity as pupils would have no access to something like this otherwise. We will integrate this in to classroom use, mainly in the data-handling component of the GCSE course (graphs, averages, etc.).”
Dominic McNabb, Maths Teacher, Glengormley High School
“Pupils got to apply their learning to a practical situation with no teacher direction, compelling them to work as a team and take responsibility for the roles they were assigned.”
Eoghan Barr, ICT Teacher, St. Columbís College
“We’ve had some really positive feedback about the Stock Market Challenge from our Year 11 students. A lot of them said it was the best day of their school career!”
Max Morton, Head of Enterprise, Writhlington School
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