DENVER - Josh Trujillo might only be in sixth grade, but one look at his fictional stock portfolio could suggest otherwise.
The Rocky Top Middle School student is one of 10,000 third through 12th graders from across the state participating in an interactive online stock market experience. Trujillo's portfolio - consisting of companies like Best Buy, Apple and Netflix - is up 42 percent. His teacher's is only up eight percent.
"I've learned what it's like to invest into monies, and how it feels to get into the real world," he said.
The Stock Market Experience is sponsored by the Colorado Council for Economic Education, and is entirely free. Teachers are trained about how to use the program, and are given a curriculum and the necessary background knowledge.
"Teachers can use it to adapt to different learning styles," said Erica Fukuhara, the program's coordinator. "They can really bring things home for kids."
Students can form into teams of up to five, and the winning teams receive $100 cash prizes.
The next session begins on March 11. Teachers can sign up at www.ccee.org or at www.stockmarketexperience.org.
Article by Allison Sylte
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