Contest

Meet the 2013 National Economics Challenge Finalists and VOTE for your favorite video

The 13th Annual National Economics Challenge culminates with an exciting quiz bowl this Sunday, May 19 at 3:00pm ET. More than 10,000 students from 40 states participated in this year’s competition, and only eight teams will vie for the title of National Champions in New York City this weekend.

CEE asked the eight Finalist teams to prepare a video profile that shows who they are as people, students and scholars. Get over to our Facebook page and vote for your favorite team. The team with the most votes will receive a $100 Amazon gift certificate for their school and a $25 iTunes gift card for each student from the team.

The Finalist teams are:

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION (single semester general economics students)

  • Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana
  • Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Olympia High School, Olympia, Washington

ADAM SMITH DIVISION (AP, IB and honors students)

  • Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawai’i
  • Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, Minnesota
  • Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, Maryland

You can VOTE once each day until Tuesday, May 21, 11:59pm ET. We’ll announce the winning team on Wednesday.

This video contest has no influence on National Economics Challenge testing and judging.

POSTED: May 13, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

Preparing for Global Competition

Patricia Wright 213x300 Preparing for Global CompetitionBy Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education.

It is always satisfying to watch a student’s face light up when he or she grasps a previously baffling concept or idea.

Even more satisfying is the moment when a student not only “gets it,” but also understands why something is worth knowing and how it might make a difference in his or her own life.

Empowering students was the goal of Virginia’s 2013 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance in April.  I had the privilege of addressing high school students from across the Commonwealth who had triumphed in the online portion of the competition and were battling it out in the championship rounds at Virginia Commonwealth University. Their energy was contagious, and I was impressed by their command of this critical subject matter.

The Governor’s Challenge, sponsored in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE), highlights real-world financial skills and economic concepts that the state Board of Education incorporated into a now-required high school course in economics and personal finance.

By passing the course, students will come to understand their role and opportunities in the global marketplace. They will acquire the foundational knowledge needed to make smart decisions as adults about spending, saving, investing, risk taking and, even, starting a business.

Meet the 2013 Governor’s Challenge state champions – Western Albemarle High School:

Partnerships allow us to draw upon existing strengths between school divisions, government, the private sector, and groups with specific expertise such as the Council for Economic Education and VCEE.  Together, we can maximize our investments and equip more students with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to prosper and secure financial independence.

POSTED: May 2, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Finalists Announced for the 2013 National Economics Challenge

Eight high school teams have earned a trip to New York City to compete for cash prizes and academic recognition in the 13th Annual National Economics Challenge. The eight teams won both state and Semi-Finals competitions in their respective divisions, defeating over 10,000 students from 40 states to advance to the Finals.

The Challenge offers students two levels of competition on the basis of their course enrollment. Students enrolled in advanced placement, international baccalaureate and honors economics courses entered the Adam Smith Division, and students enrolled in single semester general economics classes competed in the David Ricardo Division.

The Finalist teams are:

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION (single semester general economics students)

  • Carmel High School, Carmel, Indiana
  • Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Olympia High School, Olympia, Washington

ADAM SMITH DIVISION (AP, IB and honors students)

  • Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawai’i
  • Mounds View High School, Arden Hills, Minnesota
  • Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, Maryland

Teams will compete Saturday, May 18 in three written tests and one critical thinking round to answer questions on complex economic concepts and theories involving micro- and macroeconomics, international economics and current events.  The National Economics Challenge Finals culminates in a quiz-bowl round Sunday, May 19 at the WNET Tisch Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event will be broadcast live, and you can watch on the CEE’s Facebook page.

Students across the country participate in the state and Semi-Final rounds of the National Economics Challenge:

2013 nec finalist teams Finalists Announced for the 2013 National Economics Challenge

POSTED: May 1, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

CEE Announces Two Teacher Winners for Financial Literacy Month Video Contest

In honor of Financial Literacy Month, CEE asked our nation’s K-12 classroom teachers to share their lesson plans in our contest “What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?”

We received videos from across the country, and posted them on our Facebook page for our fans to vote for their favorite.

Congratulations to the Popular Vote Winner:

Teacher: Bobby Letter
School: Peak to Peak High School, Lafayette, CO

Bobby Letter video CEE Announces Two Teacher Winners for Financial Literacy Month Video Contest

Congratulations to the CEE’s Choice Winner:

Teacher: Greg Cox
School: Ellis Elementary, Logan, UT

Greg Cox video CEE Announces Two Teacher Winners for Financial Literacy Month Video Contest

Both winners will receive a $1,000 gift card from American Express and a complimentary registration to our 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference.

Thanks to all of the teachers who created videos, entered the contest and supported each other by voting. You can get inspiration for your own classroom by viewing all of the video submissions here.

POSTED: April 30, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Wear Green for a Chance to Win in our Affiliate’s Photo Contest for Financial Literacy Month!

WearGreen 300x282 Wear Green for a Chance to Win in our Affiliates Photo Contest for Financial Literacy Month!The Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati is celebrating Financial Literacy Month with a photo contest!

Please WEAR GREEN and encourage your colleagues, teachers, students and friends to join you. Post a picture on their Facebook Page and the photo with the most “LIKES” will win $50 Visa Gift Card. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 30.

Contest Details:
•    Submit Photos through Friday, April 26.
•    A gallery of photos will posted on the Center’s Facebook Page on Friday.
•    Vote for your favorite photo Friday, April 26 – Monday, April 29.
•    Winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 30!

Good luck, and thanks for supporting Financial Literacy Month!

POSTED: April 24, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

Video Contest for Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

Calling all K-12 classroom teachers! Enter our video contest for a chance to win $1,000 and one complimentary registration to our annual conference. CEE will conduct an online video contest during the 2013 Financial Literacy Month (April 1- 30).

Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

During Financial Literacy Month (FLM), when CEE raises awareness for the importance of financial literacy education, we’re looking for creative ideas from K-12 teachers on how you incorporate these concepts in the classroom. You should record yourself explaining or demonstrating (in 30 seconds or less) a specific lesson, activity or project. Think of this as an ‘elevator pitch’ for your best lesson, original idea or creative spin on an existing concept.

Need inspiration? Watch CEE’s Doug Young as he uses the board game ‘Look Out Wall Street!‘ to teach the bulls and bears of personal finance.

dougs tip video Video Contest for Teachers: What is your most creative idea for implementing personal finance into the classroom?

Submit your video(s) beginning April 1 at 9:00am EST through Sunday, April 14 at 11:59pm EST.

Public voting for entries begins Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00am EST and ends Monday, April 29 at 11:59pm EST.

Two ‘Grand Prizes’ will be awarded on April 30, and all videos will be featured on CEE’s websites and Facebook pages.

Grand Prize: Viewers’ Choice:
The winner of the Viewers’ Choice award will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card for classroom use and one complimentary registration ($125 value) to CEE’s 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD in October.

Grand Prize: CEE’s Choice:
The winner of the CEE’s Choice award will receive a $1,000 American Express gift card for classroom use and one complimentary registration ($125 value) to CEE’s 52nd Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Baltimore, MD in October.

Start prepping your videos today, and you’ll be ready to enter when the contest opens April 1. Read the complete rules and guidelines on our Facebook page.

Good luck. We look forward to watching your tips and tricks for teaching financial literacy!

POSTED: March 26, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , ,

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