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Boise Centre becomes “New York Stock Exchange” for a day

Posted: 3:54 PM, Oct 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-08 19:37:03-04

BOISE, Idaho — The best way to learn is to do. That's why Junior Achievement is teaching Idaho students about the stock market by letting them play it.

Hundreds of high school students from all over Idaho gathered to turn the Boise Centre into the New York Stock exchange for a day.

Each team got $500,000 in fake money to create a portfolio of simulated stocks. Teams compete and show a real understanding of how the stock market works.

"Its really inspiring to see these kids learn a little bit more about the financial market and become less weary about the stock market," Sean Evans, President of Junior Achievement of Idaho.

The students play the game for a simulated 60 days where each day lasts only 60 seconds.