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Battling the market

Math and Science Academy students led by teacher Michelle Matson and Liberty Ridge Elementary School students in Tina Van Erp's Investigations classes have joined BestPrep and more than 8,200 students in 175 schools around Minnesota to compete in The Stock Market Game this spring.

The Stock Market Game is an interactive educational tool that may be used in grades 4 to 12 to supplement subjects such as math, social studies and business education, while fulfilling Minnesota graduation standards.

BestPrep, a Minnesota-based nonprofit, administers the program to students throughout the state to enhance economics education and financial literacy.

Teams are given a virtual $100,000 to "invest" over a 15-week period. Each team receives daily portfolio updates on their current holdings, brokerage fees, interest and team rankings.

During the session, teachers incorporate the Stock Market Game's supporting materials into their curriculum. The students meet core educational requirements, while engaging in a simulation of how the stock market works.