Economics Challenge: Making Economics and Financial Literacy FUN!

idea by Toni Takeno
Economics Challenge: Making Economics and Financial Literacy FUN!




The Idea


HCEE’s works to increase the economic literacy of Hawaii's teachers & students. One program that supports this mission is the Econ. Challenge - a competition for high school students in which they compete in the subjects of economics & financial literacy for a chance to compete on a national stage.

The Specifics

The Economics Challenge shows students that economics and financial literacy can be FUN! In April, more than 150 students from across the state will compete in teams to tackle challenging written exams that test their understanding of economic concepts and their reasoning ability. Qualifying teams will then compete in the highly interactive and exciting Quiz Bowl -- a "first-to-the-buzzer", live answer competition that truly showcases the fun side of economics.

The Challenge educates students in these subjects and prepares them to use financial & economic concepts to spend, save and invest smarter. Students gain vital economic knowledge and prepare themselves to make wise, informed financial decisions for themselves and their families.

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This challenging opportunity will build self confidence and awareness for students. The excitement of economics will be felt among peers and give them something positive to talk about among friends and acquaintances.

by wildcats
about 4 years ago | Reply

Hi Hana,
There are 3-5 students on a team and those teams compete in one of two divisions - The Adam Smith division is for students enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, honors, and two-semester economics classes. The David Ricardo division is for students enrolled in high school economics courses lasting one semester or less.

The National Competition will be held May 20, 2012 in New York. In 2010 ‘Iolani School won its 11th Hawaii State Competition and placed first in the National Competition that was held in Washington D.C.! In fact, the ‘Iolani School team has won the National Competition for four out of the last seven years and placed fifth in the nation in the 2011 Challenge.


by Toni Takeno
about 4 years ago | Reply

This is so interesting! How many students compete on a team? Where will the national competition be held?

by Hana Ros
about 4 years ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Wednesday, January 04

Submission Ended
Monday, January 23
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Monday, January 23

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Tuesday, January 31
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