‘Gen i Revolution’ Game Challenges Middle and High School Students to Combat Financial Illiteracy

POSTED: March 2, 2010 | BY: kwilliams | TAGS: ,

NEW YORK, March 2, 2010 – The Council for Economic Education (CEE), a leading not-for-profit advocate and service provider in the field of K-12 economic education, launched today Gen i Revolution, an online game developed to teach personal finance skills to middle and high school students.

The competitive online game includes 15 Missions in which students complete a variety of activities to beat back the insidious “Murktide” infestation. The “Murktide,” a confusion about basic personal finance principles, is rapidly spreading across the population, and middle and high school students are the last line of defense against a lifetime of poor financial decisions.

“The FINRA Investor Education Foundation is excited to be a part of the Gen i Revolution,”
said FINRA Foundation President John Gannon. “Engaging students through game play and competition makes a complex subject more enjoyable and helps reinforce key financial concepts, which today’s students will need as they face their own money management choices in college and beyond. This game is based on a solid curriculum and covers a full range of concepts, institutions and investments, but most importantly, it emphasizes a life-long approach to financial decision-making.”

Once middle and high school teachers join the Gen i Revolution, they assign their students to teams. The students then strategically select their Operatives, and begin to explore and earn points as they work to complete each crucial Mission. Students help “Angela” figure out whether to invest in a 401(k) plan; work with “Diana” to figure out whether to get a payday loan for her daughter’s dental work; and teach “Uncle Louie” about the stock market.

Teachers can use the Gen i Revolution to add a personal finance component to their courses, as an extra credit assignment, homework, and for team and individual competitions.

Gen i Revolution is based on the CEE‘s popular finance materials, Learning, Earning and Investing® (LEI), designed to teach important personal finance and investing concepts, as well as the Your Credit Counts, Financial Fitness for Life programs.

For more information about the game, and to sign up, visit http://www.genirevolution.org.

Gen i Revolution, a free online personal finance game, was made possible by a grant from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Investor Education Foundation. The FINRA Investor Education Foundation, established in 2003 by FINRA, supports innovative research and educational products that give investors the tools and information they need to better understand the markets and basic principles of saving and investing. For details about grant programs and other new initiatives of the Foundation, visit: www.finrafoundation.org.

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education envisions a world in which people are empowered through economic and financial literacy to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, workers, citizens, and participants in our global economy.

The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. Each year, the Council’s programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 30 other countries. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations.

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