Every year the North Carolina Council on Economic Education, in partnership with the National Council on Economic Education, hosts the Economics Challenge Program.
The Challenge applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to showcase their economics knowledge, work in teams, and is not only fun, but offers prizes. In each competition teams of students answer rigorous questions on microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and current events. At the National Championship Finals, the title is decided in a heated competition in a quick-paced oral quiz-bowl round. Try out some sample test questions.
All high school students are eligible. No formal courses in economics are required. Any team of students interested in economics is encouraged to compete. Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams.
Since 2009 North Carolina has been offering the opportunity to hold a preliminary first round of the Challenge online. Teachers and Students throughout the State are be able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. In the first round each team of up to four students per team will be allowed to complete in an online exam that cover topics in macro, micro and international economics.
We will use the results from round one to invite the top six teams to the State Finals held in Charlotte at the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, Charlotte Branch on April 6, 2011 where they will compete in a rapid fire "Quiz Bowl"; the top six teams will also receive certificates of recognition, awards and accolades. The State Champion team will be invited to compete in an online Regional Competition where they will fight for their right to become the National Champions in New York City! As the State Champion Team students will be invited to the Awards Banquet held in May where they will receive the Econ Challenge Trophy.
There is no cost to either teachers or students to participate in the EconChallenge ONLINE!