The National Economics Challenge is a great opportunity for high school students to test their knowledge against other students of similar ability throughout Oregon. There are divisions for AP/IB students and divisions for introductory or general economics students. The contest is online. Students compete together as a team. This is an excellent tool to encourage interest in economics and play to students natural interest in competing. Teachers: To participate in the EconChallenge go to: https://econchallenge.unl.edu/Oregon/Welcome select your state and register as a teacher. Once you have registered as a teacher, you can begin to create student teams of 3 to 4 students in either of two divisions:
Our next Econ Challenge will take place in March 2021.
I have been doing the Econ Challenge for over 17 years and my students have found it to be a great benefit.
- They get to compete in a national test to test their knowledge of economics prior to the AP exams. That means they get to review the microeconomics and macroeconomics materials and better prepare for the exams. Over the years every student who has completed has scored a 4 or 5 on both exams.
- My students who competed last year enjoyed the experience so much that they are starting a club, specifically designed to prepare for the challenge. I was skeptical, however they have over 40 people signed up. This is a first for Westview.
Rick Bortnick, Westview High School
The Economics Challenge provided incentive for my students to work hard outside of the classroom to learn topics we did not cover in my Macro only course. Students were excited by the challenge to compete against other bright minds in the state, felt proud of their accomplishment and talked enthusiastically about how much they knew. We are excited to participate again this year.
Alex Roscher, Ashland High School
Adam Smith Division
First place; Wilson High School, Team, Hornst, Teacher, Josh Winicki (of note, this team went on to the National Semi Finals, where they placed 19th out of 30 teams competing. The top 10 finishers go on to the National Finals); Second place; Lake Oswego High School, Team, The Free Marketeers, Teacher, Daniel Eizyk; Third place (tie); Lake Oswego High School, Team, Team Cash Money Points, Teacher, Daniel Eizyk and Wilson High School, Team, Chunky Milk Lamp Co., Teacher, Josh Winicki
David Ricardo Division
First place; Tigard High School, Team, The Tigers, Teacher, Chris McIsaac
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