Developing good money management skills just got a little more fun with Mint.com's new online "Quest for Money" game.
The online game provides free tools to help middle school students learn essential and long-lasting personal finance skills and is part of Intuit Inc.'s (Nasdaq:INTU - News) financial literacy program, announced in December.
"Historically, learning about money felt like a chore. If we want the next generation to make better financial decisions, something has to change," said Aaron Patzer, general manager and vice president of Intuit Personal Finance Group and founder of Mint.com. "In combining online gaming with relatable real-life money scenarios - such as buying a new computer or going to a concert - we're teaching middle schoolers the essentials of personal finance in a way that makes sense to them."
Mint and Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, designed "Quest for Money" as a fun way for young people to learn about money management strategies like earning and saving money, and budgeting to meet specific financial goals. The game challenges players with questions about money, shopping and saving - rewarding them for smart choices and correct answers.
"By emphasizing the importance of money managing, budgeting and setting goals, we're connecting math to everyday life, making it relevant to students and giving parents and teachers a fun way to instill financial responsibility at home and in the classroom," continued Patzer. "And by tying the lessons to math standards, we're making it easy for teachers to weave money management into their current curriculum."
In addition to the "Quest for Money" game, Mint's financial literacy program provides teachers with lesson plans and online resources, and parents with family activities and worksheets that can be used at home. The materials teach students about commonly used personal finance terms and explain complicated concepts, such as compound interest, with everyday scenarios and easy-to-understand language.
To play the new game, download lesson plans and find financial education information, visit: http://www.mint.com/education. Materials also are available online for teachers at www.scholastic.com/mint and will be distributed in 30,000 classrooms nationwide this year.