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Hear from the Kids

Students get engaged in the real world at an early age, and these lessons influence them for the rest of their lives. Here’s what they say about CEE programs.

Ready for the Real World? These Kids Are!

Elementary, middle, and high school students talk about the difference that understanding economics and personal finance principles can make in their lives.

Leading up to the Presidential election in 2012, CEE asked our nation’s K-12 students for their best advice in our video contest “What should the next President do to improve the economy?” Watch the mash up of some of our favorite entries. We can’t wait to hear what they have to say in 2016!


“Economics has helped me become a more informed citizen and understand more of what is going on in the world. Additionally, the understanding of opportunity costs and smart decision making taught in economics carries over to life, where I remember to consider everything before making a decision.”

-Student from The Harker School, San Jose, California

“Studying economics and winning the national championship [of CEE’s National Economics Challenge] during my senior year of high school gave me a new lease on education. So much of my high school education was stagnant and unchallenging, but studying economics and the current economic climate was inspiring – I was finally provoked to do something completely out of my comfort zone and something that I knew almost nothing about – and I absorbed everything I could.”

-Student from Little Falls Community High School, Little Falls, MN

Calendar Contest: Building Economic Understanding with Young Learners

Even the youngest learners understand how economic concepts are demonstrated in their lives. Below are some financial literacy and economic concepts drawn by kids for our local affiliates’ calendar contests.

Mac, Grade 5

Hannah, Grade 7

Sara, Grade 3

Elissa, Grade 5

Zack, Grade 7

Konard, Grade 8

Lucy, Grade 8

Samuel, Grade 4


CEE’s National Economics Challenge

CEE’s National Economics Challenge (NEC) engages thousands of students across the country in real-world problem-solving and critical thinking as they test their awareness of economic principles and current events. For more information about the Challenge, including videos of past challenges, please visit our National Economics Challenge page.

2012 Econ Challenge Finalists prepare for the live broadcast of the quiz bowl round at Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The self-proclaimed Econ Divas.

“The National Economics Challenge has helped me both in the classroom and out. It has reinforced concepts and made me much more aware of economic issues facing our country and the world. However, beyond the academic benefits of the National Economics Challenge, it’s fun!”

-Student Participant in the NEC from the Iolani School, Honolulu, HI

“Economics has changed the way I approach problems. It has given me a cognitive toolkit for making sense of complexity….Participating in the NEC was the chief stimulus in the development of my interest in economics, which has largely shaped my academic trajectory.”

-Student Participant in the NEC from Parkway Central High School, Chesterfield, MO

Participants with CEO Nan J. Morrison at the 2014 National Economics Challenge

The Harker School of San Jose, CA competes against Choate Rosemary Hall of Wallingford, CT in the Final Round of the 2011 National Economics Challenge.