This quarter the class is involved in participating in a virtual reality investment game. Each student was “given” $100,000 to invest in the stock market. Students research their investments and then buy and sell stock according to their research. At the end of the five-week period, prizes are awarded for the top investors. Students also are required to write an evaluation of their personal experiences with investments, including what they have learned from the project. This is a fun way to experience the real world of stocks and investments!
As part of this activity, the students participated in the commodities exchange on the Friday before the Thanksgiving Break with a game of PIT. They actually traded and competed to control the market on one particular commodity. The result was almost as lively as that taking place on the actual floor of the commodities exchange!