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Camp Wall Street 101 – Student Edition
Delaware State University’s College of Business, through the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), is planning a one week day camp in the summer of 2010 for students entering grades 9 through 12 who are interested in learning about finance and the stock market. Camp Wall Street 101 – Student Edition will be held on Delaware State University’s Dover Campus during the first week in August with a capacity for 30 students. Campers will spend the week in the College of Business Financial Network Trading Room, learning the basics about financial management from DSU professors and/or other trained professionals in the finance field. The students will take a field trip to reinforce their learning experience either to the Bank of America Heritage Center, a stock market, or other appropriate financial institution.   

DSU’s Financial Network Trading Room, one of three in HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), replicates a real-world trading experience and functions as a laboratory and classroom.   Televisions offer access to live coverage of financial news and real-time tickers and stock boards provide students with the latest financial information. Each of the 20 dual-monitor workstations in the Trading Room is equipped with software needed for finance-related activities. 
 
Camp Activities
The various activities of Camp Wall Street 101 will give students an excellent overview of financial markets and how they function. They’ll have the opportunity to:
  • Trade and compete in simulated financial markets
  • Learn about time value of money, portfolio theory, and how to use a spreadsheet as well as interpret financial statements
  • Study market efficiency
  • Build models to analyze and value securities
  • Use the tools of Wall Street (including such tools as Investopedia.com and finance.yahoo.com)
  • Learn statistical, behavioral and other financial insights from games of chance
  • Assemble the building blocks of financial analysis
  • Construct and optimize portfolios
  • Experience college life and interact with members of the DSU student body and College of Business faculty and staff, and
  • Gain valuable mathematics and business knowledge that is aligned with state curriculum guidelines.
Each day will feature a simulated trading exercise. Morning sessions will run from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Afternoon sessions will run from 1:00–3:00 p.m. Families will be invited to Friday's close-out activities.

Camp Wall Street 101 – Teacher Edition
The Teacher Edition of Camp Wall Street 101 is a training class for up to 20 teachers at the middle and high school level who are teaching business, finance and marketing related subjects and want to incorporate the Stock Market Game® or other simulated portfolio management project into their curriculum. It is intended to provide in-service hours for the participating teachers with the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) approval and support. The curriculum was developed to ensure that it meets the needs of teachers and their schools.

Teachers will spend two/three evenings or one Saturday in the College of Business Trading Room, learning the basics about financial management and trading from DSU professors and/or other trained professionals in the finance field, who will use the Trading Room to provide instruction. While teachers may instruct via the Stock Market Game in their business, finance and/or banking classes at vocational-technical schools or in economics classes, the level of support for this instruction does not include in-depth training or experiential education with actual market information. This type of training is unique to DSU. 
 
This innovative in-service opportunity is designed for teachers who instruct middle school and/or high school students interested in the stock market or financial careers, especially those who teach the Stock Market Game® or have other financial simulations in their classrooms. The in-service opportunity will provide teachers in-depth exposure to what’s happening on Wall Street. It will give them an enhanced understanding of the world of finance and help them to be more effective teachers. 
 
Wall Street 101 – Saturday Academy
Delaware State University’s College of Business, through the Delaware Center for Enterprise Development (DCED), offers the Wall Street 101 Saturday Academy. The Academy will be an enrichment experience for middle school youth to gain knowledge about the financial markets and will be held on Delaware State University’s Dover and Wilmington Campus or other community locations. Participants will learn the basics about financial management from DSU faculty or other trained finance professionals. 
 
Academy Activities
The various activities of the Wall Street 101 Academy will give students an excellent overview of financial markets and how they function. Academy students will be trained with the curriculum developed for Camp Wall Street participants and will have a field trip to an appropriate financial institution scheduled for a date during the school year.