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.
“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
"Trading Floor allowed my pupils to experience proper team working, they learned how to focus for a sustained period, and they saw how Maths can be relevant and real."
Catherine Irvine, Maths Teacher, Edinburgh Steiner School
"Dealing Room gave my students an opportunity to apply their Maths skills in a practical situation and to see the importance of team work."
Kate Pettifer, Economics Teacher, Merchiston Castle School
Finance Lab is an excellent exposition of the practical realities of equity market trading. Specifically it is useful in explaning the information asymmetries around how prices are formed in the equity markets as well as showing how important news items can 'move the market’.
Dr Barry Quinn, Lecturer in Finance & Programme Director MSc Computational Finance and Trading, Queen's University Belfast
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