Spring Competitions 2021
The Stock Market Game™
January 11 - April 9, 2021
The Stock Market Game™ is a 13-week program that introduces students to the world of investing. Perfect for face-to-face or virtual classrooms, students work in teams of 1-5 to build an investment portfolio starting with $100,000 virtual cash. This student-focused simulation engages students as they buy what they know, study current events, and research.
First-place teams in each region will split a cash prize. They will receive medallions and certificates. The school will receive a banner.
FREE teams are available through a scholarship opportunity we have. The link to the application can be found on the Stock Market Game Funding Sources page.
January 15 - April 15, 2021
Do you have students who have an entrepreneurial mindset? Consider introducing them to the $10 Challenge. Stephens Inc. has created a series of videos that spotlight the story of entrepreneurs who were ordinary individuals that did extraordinary things in the world of business. Economics Arkansas has created 12 lessons to accompany the videos and can be found on the iNSPIRE Lesson Plans page.
Students take $10 of their own money and launch a new business venture. Students work independently to submit a descriptive story of their business venture(s), including a timeline of activities and a personal response to the question: "What did you learn through this experience?" These stories must be submitted as an 18 - 27 panel graphic novel created through Pixton, using the comic book feature. A free access code will be provided to all participants. Click here for an example of a finished Pixton project.
Participating students should email this submission form to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 21, 2021.
Both winning teachers and students will receive cash prizes, certificates, and medallions. The school will receive a banner. Winners will be announced on April 28 during the Pitch It! competition (see below).
Thank you to Stephens Inc. for sponsoring this competition!
Pitch It! Competition
April 28, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Many are familiar with pitch competitions. This competition, sponsored by Stephens Inc., gives students a real-world application to the classroom lessons. Students will pitch a new business idea before a panel of judges for prize money. The winner of the Pitch It! Competition will be announced during the pitch competition.
Winners will receive cash prizes, certificates, and medallions. The school will receive a banner.
Arkansas Economics Challenge
April 8, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Arkansas Center for Research in Economics and Economics Arkansas will be co-hosting a virtual state-level competition for Arkansas high school students this April! Teachers can register teams of 3-4 students who will compete against other teams from around the state. Winning teams will receive prizes, scholarships, and the chance to move on to the later stages of the National Economics Challenge.
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.
- A writing submission: Using a provided writing prompt, students can submit their 500-700 word writing submissions 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.
- 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.
For sample tests and prompt examples, and to register a team, visit https://uca.edu/acre/arkansas-economics-challenge/.
Questions? Contact Terra Aquia at email@example.com.
Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge
April 14, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Economics Arkansas and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will host the 2021 Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge virtually. This is an opportunity for high school students to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by competing against other students in a virtual competition.
Teams of 3-4 students will be given 90 minutes to prepare a financial plan based on a detailed fictitious family scenario. Teams will collaborate and prepare their presentation in a Zoom room with a monitor. Each team will present a six-minute PowerPoint presentation in a preliminary round to a panel of judges who will score knowledge, collaboration, and presentation skills. Preliminary round winners will advance to the final round to determine the state winner.
Prize money, certificates, and medallions will be awarded. The first-place winning team will advance to the National Personal Finance Challenge.
More information - including competition rules, registration, and an example case study - can be found on the Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge page.
Thank you to First Security Bank for sponsoring this competition!