Inspire Academy Challenges

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The Amazing Shake National Competition

Ron Clark Academy Atlanta, GA February 2018



The Amazing Shake is a competition that places an emphasis on teaching students manners, discipline, respect, and professional conduct. Prior to the competition, students learn the nuances of professional human interaction as they are taught skills such as how to give a proper handshake, how to “work a room,” how to give a successful interview, and how to remain composed under pressure. The goal is to prepare our students so that they are able to present themselves exceptionally well for opportunities today as well as those that will come in the future.


The actual competition consists of case-scenario stations set up around the school and throughout the city that every student must pass through while exercising etiquette, composure and savoir-faire. Top performers advance to the next level of challenges until there is ultimately one overall national champion!

The Stock Market Game

Teachers consistently speak about the positive influence this program has had on their students. From better attendance and increased engagement and participation in class to higher test scores and improved academic performance, there are many anecdotes about the educational impact of the SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game.

These anecdotes were confirmed when FINRA funded a study of the Stock Market Game program by American Institutes for Research (then known as Learning Point Associates). At the conclusion of their year-long study, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) confirmed quantitatively what teachers have been telling us all along: the Stock Market Game engages students and improves academic performance, financial knowledge, and saving and investing habits.

eCYBERMISSION Stem Competition

eCYBERMISSION— is a web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6 through 9. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or the engineering design process to develop a solution. Students compete for state, regional, and national awards, with potential winnings of up to $9,000 (maturity value) in U.S. Savings Bonds. 

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