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Students Run Their Own Companies in Educational Video Game

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PASCO, Wash.--  Future CEOs at Columbia Basin College were beamed forward to 2030 and
had to run their own companies Tuesday afternoon.  It was part of the Washington River Protection Solutions Junior Achievement high-tech business challenge.

Students talked through video chats, manufactured and sold products, and competed for market shares.  Leaders say this hands-on activity is a great way to get students interested and prepare them for the challenges of the business world. Brad Hasty, a business systems analyst for WRPS, explains that the big draw is how the kids learn through a video game.  He says, "When you walk in the classroom the first time, they're typical high school kids, just sitting back, not paying too much attention.  Once they see it's a video game they can play, be competitive against their classmates, they have a lot of fun with it."

A team from Hanford High won Tuesday's challenge, and all the students on that winning team got a $200 gift card.