A Maths and Business Skills Trading Floor Challenge

Stock Market Challenge

Stock Market Challenge will give your pupils the opportunity to experience the excitement of dealing on a live stock market trading floor in competition with other regional schools.

Your pupils will be trading in company stocks and foreign exchange just like brokers do on trading floors and on-line all over the world every day.

Your pupils will:

  • Take part in an innovative and exciting activity
  • Compete against other schools from across the region
  • Trade on a live dealing room floor and win individual prizes
  • Be introduced to new opportunities at university
  • Work alongside university student ambassadors

Developing their skills

Taking part in Stock Market Challenge will show pupils what it would be like to work as a trader on the financial markets. They will be buying and selling shares and currency just like professional traders do on trading floors and in offices in cities across the world.

The most valuable thing they will learn from Stock Market Challenge is how to use and develop some of the key skills that they’ll need for university or any job, whichever career they choose to follow.

Subject areas supported

Applied Maths, STEM, Business Studies, Economics, Key Skills, Financial Capability, Enterprise, and Work-related Learning.

A message from HSBC

Sustainability at HSBC is about our long-term contribution: how we value our employees, help customers realise their ambitions in life and manage our environmental impact. It is also about investing in the communities we serve. We are pleased to be working with schools and associated with such a worthwhile project as Stock Market Challenge.

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Preparation materials

The event will give your pupils the opportunity to experience the excitement of dealing on a live stock market trading floor in competition with other local schools and colleges.

The Teacher's and Student's Guide will help the organising teacher in each school introduce the game to their students.  Don't worry if you don't get much time to prepare before the event; students will be fully briefed before the game starts.

The materials include a sample of the game newspaper so that students can familiarise themselves with the game's content in advance.

The risk assessment covers all aspects of the activity itself.  Please contact us if you need a separate one for the venue.

NB: Some of the information in the guides may vary slightly from event to event.

Download the file: Teacher's Guide

Download the file: Student's Guide

Download the file: Monday's Newspaper

Download the file: Risk Assessment

Download the file: Event Itinerary

Download the file: Pupils Event Guide

Participating Schools:

The Academy Selsey
Bourne Academy
Ark Academy (Wembley)
The Hamble School
Sandown Bay Academy
Ark Walworth Academy
Ark Globe Academy
Ark Putney Academy
Brookfield School
Cowes Enterprise College

Inter-schools Events

  • University of Southampton
    A Maths and Business Skills Trading Floor Challenge

Where & when

Tuesday 12th June 2018
9:30am to 2:10pm
Garden Court
University of Southampton

Who should attend

Year 10 pupils who want to meet with employers and educators and to experience first-hand the knowledge and skills required both in the workplace and for business and finance-related courses at university.

Contact us on 01225 484721

...or at mail@globalinvestorsims.com

Finance Lab is an excellent exposition of the practical realities of equity market trading.  Specifically it is useful in explaning the information asymmetries around how prices are formed in the equity markets as well as showing how important news items can 'move the market’.

Dr Barry Quinn, Lecturer in Finance & Programme Director MSc Computational Finance and Trading, Queen's University Belfast

“The Finance Lab event has really enhanced my interest in both investment banking and a potential career within Citi Group. This is a great way to meet company representatives.”

Victoria Emery, Accounting & Finance MSc, Northern Ireland

“I went to the Investment Challenge hoping to learn about investments and the pressurized atmosphere of the stock exchange. I ended up having one of the best evenings since I've been at university. It was a frantic and testing event, but it was absolutely thrilling!”

Munro Stewart, Student, University of Dundee

"There was such a buzz at the Stock Market Challenge. If a team was looking for something that is fun to do and related to financial services then this is a really good opportunity. I would encourage people to do it."

Kathryn McGown, Human Resources Consultant, Standard Life