When does $100,000 become $922,000+?

By Debbie Kerman, Assistant Director, NIU STEAM

So when does $100,000 become $922,000+? When students invest it in The Stock Market Game™ program, a financial education simulation used in thousands of classrooms nationwide to teach students about our capital market system and the long-term benefits of saving and investing.

This fall, a team of twelfth grade students from York High School in Elmhurst, IL, did something I’ve never seen in all my years of coordinating The Stock Market Game™ program in Illinois. Outperforming the S & P 500 by more than 820%, the student team, led by Ryan Pajak and consisting of teammates Ryan Marti and Matthew Huffman, finished the game session having turned their $100,000 virtual cash account into $922,918 over the course of just thirteen weeks.

The Stock Market Game™ program is a product of the SIFMA Foundation. The Illinois Bankers Association is the Illinois provider of the SMG, and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to partner with them as they offer the program without cost to schools in Illinois.

The Stock Market Game™ program is a perfect fit for us because it lines up with the six learning catalysts that provide the framework for NIU STEAM. Here’s a bit more about what students learn by playing – and how Pajak and his team succeeded so stunningly!

Students who participate in The Stock Market Game™ program gain a fundamental understanding of investing through a hands-on learning experience that prepares them for financial independence. To learn more about incorporating The Stock Market Game™ program into your STEAM program, contact Debbie Jemison, Financial Literacy Director, at Illinois Bankers, djemison@illinois.bank.