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Welcome to Economics Arkansas’ Stock Market Game Program site!

The Stock Market Game™ is a national program of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) that allows students and teachers the opportunity to invest a virtual $100,000 in stocks, bonds and mutual funds throughout an engaging 10-week simulation each semester. Economics Arkansas has been the facilitator of this program in Arkansas since 1999.

The program is available to all grade levels but is more easily utilized in grades 4-12, college classes and a teacher division. Arkansas is divided into six regions and three divisions: Elementary (4th-6th grades), Junior High (7th-9th grades) and Senior High (10th-12th grades). The top two within each region for each division are honored at the statewide awards luncheon held in January and May. There is also a teacher division where educators may compete against one another. The college and teacher divisions are statewide competitions. The cost for a team of up to 5 members is $15.


Click here to view the winners of the Fall 2016 session.


"I had no intention of majoring in anything having to do with business. After the playing the Stock Market Game, I now want to major in finance and be a portfolio manager for a living. I really loved the nature and research of the market and thought that this game was a worthwhile endeavor. I would be willing to coach a team at the middle or elementary level to get more kids involved."
 
Michael C., Senior at Bentonville High School and Second-Place Winner of the Fall 2015 Session of the Stock Market Game, January 2016
 

As a supplement, a national writing competition is available, “InvestWrite.” Students are provided a topic and an investment scenario, which requires them to assess, research, and then formulate possible solutions based on their findings, logic and ideas. This writing component reinforces the student’s investment knowledge, promotes critical thinking skills and supports writing literacy. Students participate by writing essays in their grade division: Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12). For spring 2016, the statewide elementary and 3rd place national winner was Granger P. from Arnold Drive Elementary School in the Pulaski County Special School District. The statewide winner at the high school level was Connor H. from HarBer High School in the Springdale School District. 
 
Workshops are available for teachers wishing to learn more about this simulation. Visit the Events Calendar to learn when workshops are scheduled and to register. Trainings may also be scheduled for your district and /or Go-To-Meetings can be offered for teachers unable to attend trainings during the school day. To register for the teacher promotional game or the official game, log on to www.smgww.org. Once registered, teachers have access to the Teacher Resource Center which houses lessons, assessments, projects and publications to use when developing opportunities for your students.

This webinar, produced by Marsha Masters of Economics Arkansas, provides an excellent overview of how the program works. Enjoy!

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