Arkansas Economics Challenge

The National Economics Challenge (NEC) is the country’s only economics competition of its kind for high school students. It tests micro and macroeconomic principles as well as knowledge of the world economy.

On April 8, 2021 the Arkansas Center for Research in Economics and Economics Arkansas will be co-hosting the state-level competition for Arkansas high school student teams interested in competing for a spot at the regional and national competitions! The 2021 competition will be a VIRTUAL event.

About the Competition:

The competition will consist of three components:

  • A testing portion: This portion of the event is an exam that will test students’ knowledge of micro and macroeconomics as well as knowledge of the global economy. Team members scores are averaged and the highest scoring team will be eligible to move on to the next round of Econ Challenge.

Free Econ Challenge sample tests are available for teachers that sign up for the Online Assessment Center, a free server where teachers can administer assessments, gain real-time data, and measure student knowledge of economic and personal finance concepts.

  • A writing submission: Using a provided writing prompt, students can submit their essays prior to the Econ Challenge to be entered into the Writing category. The prompt from this category can be incorporated into classroom lessons as a larger class assignment or something students can work on independently. The top writing submissions in this category will receive prizes and will be announced during the competition.

2021 Writing Prompt  : The Economic Way of Thinking

  • A digital art submission: Using a provided rubric, students can create a digital art project that visualizes an economic concept or economics in action. Like the writing prompt, the rubric from this category can be incorporated into classroom lessons as a larger class assignment or something students can work on independently. The top submissions in this category will receive prizes and will be announced during the competition.

2021 Digital Design Prompt : Visualizing Economic Concepts

Teachers may each register up to two teams of three-to-four high school students. The first place team from the Arkansas competition will be eligible to move on to compete against other states in a semi-final national competition.

The competition runs in two divisions:
David Ricardo Division: For first-time challenge competitors who have taken no more than one economics course
Adam Smith Division: For AP, international baccalaureate, and honors students, as well as any students who have previously participated in an Econ Challenge

Prizes:

Team and Individual Prizes will be awarded to participants for their testing team scores, writing submissions, and digital design projects. There are also prizes for participating teachers and schools! To learn more about the prize categories and offerings, click on any of the prize images below.

 

Important Dates:

March 15, 2021 4:00-5:30pmVirtual Student Information Session: Students participating in the Arkansas Economics Challenge can attend this session to take a practice Economics Challenge exam and receive feedback on their writing submission or digital design projects.

March 22, 2021TEAM registration deadline

March 26, 2021INDIVIDUAL student submission deadline

Register today!

Arkansas Economics Challenge 2021 Registration

Please fill out this form as completely as you can, and an event organizer will reach out to you with informational materials for you and your students! If you have multiple teams participating, submit one form for each team.
  • Ex: 9th grade Economics, 11th grade AP Civics and Econ
  • Student Information

    Please fill out student information in the way the student would like it to show up on event programs or on awards the student might receive.
  • Drop files here or
    Attach a photo release form signed by a parent or guardian for each team member participating in the AEC.

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