VIENNA, W.Va. – Sixth-grade math students at Jackson Middle School in Vienna will participate in the Stock Market Game online program this school year.
Ashley Boggs, sixth- and eighth-grade mathematics teacher, will use this real-world, real-time program to reinforce math and language arts standards in a fun learning environment.
Teams of three students begin the simulation with $100,000 imaginary cash they can use to buy stocks, mutual funds, and bonds on the NYSE and NASDAQ. They research and analyze real companies and decide what to buy for their portfolio, place orders in real time, pay a broker’s fee on each transaction and keep track of their portfolio and cash.
Students also will compete with peers in their classroom and other teams in the state to increase their portfolio value.
To jump start the program, local professionals visited Boggs’ classroom to share with students about investing, careers in the financial industry, and becoming an entrepreneur.
Taj Z. Rohr and Joann L. Ullman of Rohr Capital Management, a Parkersburg-based financial investment firm, spoke to the sixth grade Honors math students about the importance of researching companies before investing, how to analyze various types of graphs, and the effort required to start your own business.
“The students were very impressive with the level of questions they asked and the interest they have in learning more about investing,” Rohr said. “I expect these students to do well managing their portfolios, both simulated now and in the future, because of this in-depth financial literacy exposure and experience. “
The Stock Market Game is a high-tech financial education program used in the fourth-12th grades across the nation.
The program, including teacher resources and student academic award programs, is made possible for all West Virginia schools through a grant from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Foundation.
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