- Economics Challenge
- Finance Challenge
- Focus on the Economy
- International Economic Summit (IES)
- Master Teacher in Economics (MTE)
- Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship (MTEnt)
- ME* Competition (Meaningful Economics & Entrepreneurship)
- Stock Market Game (SMG)
- Treasurer’s Education About Money (TEAM)
The MCEE hosts the Mississippi NationalEconomicsChallenge each year for middle and high school students. The Challenge applies the excitement of an athletic competition to academic excellence and encourages students to apply their economics knowledge and work in teams. Mississippi teachers have the opportunity to hold a preliminary first round of the Challenge ONLINE. All teachers and students throughout the State are able to participate regardless of travel or budgetary constraints. There are no registration fees and no team limits so this makes a great class activity.
To learn more and register teams to compete, visit https://econchallenge.unl.edu/Mississippi
The Mississippi Finance Challenge is designed to recognize students who demonstrate high levels of demonstrated personal finance skills and reward teachers for outstanding practices in teaching personal finance curriculum. Financial Literacy is a skill needed for success in the global workplace. Teachers of economics, business, marketing, personal finance, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are urged to participate in the on-line Finance Challenge, however, all high school and middle school teachers are welcome. There are no registration fees and no team limits so this makes a great class activity.
To learn more and to register teams to compete, visit https://financechallenge.unl.edu/Mississippi
Focus on the Economy
The Mississippi Council on Economic Education, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch partner host an annual Focus on the Economy Summer Conference. Economics is a part of our everyday life, and so easily integrated into almost every classroom subject! It is the “science of decision-making” and gives our students a view of the “big picture,” plus helps them understand their role as future producers and consumers in a global economy. Integrating economics also creates project-based learning, as we see teachers linking economics across the curriculum!
When the program is scheduled, teachers can sign up here.
International Economic Summit (IES)
At the Summit student teams representing the nations of today’s complex world, compete for scarce resources, form strategic country alliances, debate global issues, invest in long term development projects, interact with global economic institutions, and seek to stabilize and advance the global economy.
The more immediate benefits of the program include meeting state educational standards in economics, building bridges between schools and universities, and motivating students to expand their educational goals and aspirations, specifically college completion.
For more information click here.
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- Every student currently registered in The Stock Market Game program with a valid team login ID and password is eligible.
- Your students participate by writing essays in their grade division: Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12).
- Every assignment introduces or relates to investment principles linked to The Stock Market Game program. Each InvestWrite assignment ties to various lessons throughout the curriculum.
- Teachers can choose to assign the InvestWrite writing assignment as an in-class or homework assignment.
- At the State level a $100 cash prize is awarded to the student with the top essay for Elementary, Middle and High School each semester and at the National level both teachers and students will have a chance to win gift certificates, laptop computers, trips to New York (middle and high school), and other great prizes.
- Each participating student submission has a chance to be reviewed by the competition’s first round judge…you, the teacher.
- Then, as the first round judge, you select the top ten responses from each class or group of participants (based on the guidelines and directions).
- Then submit them electronically to the next round of evaluation at the national level on this website.
Click here for more information and to submit essays.
Master Teacher in Economics Program (MTE)
The Master Teacher in Economics Program is an intense professional development program offered in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Education to provide professional development to teachers in economics and financial education. Teachers’ average score on a test of economics literacy is 62 before MCEE training and 86 after the training, a 40 percent increase. The Department of Education confers the “Master Teacher of Economics” designation. (Please note that this is a State certificate program and not a degree.)
Available classes will be posted on our workshops page.
Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship (MTEnt)
The Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship program is designed for middle and high school teachers to increase their understanding of entrepreneurship. The program improves teachers’ abilities to bring this subject to their students in stand-alone entrepreneurship courses or to integrate this subject area as a strand within other business curricula. MTEnt trainings are offered as a collaborative initiative between the Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education at the University of Southern Mississippi (CEEE), the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, and the Mississippi Department of Education. The Department of Education confers the “Master Teacher of Entrepreneurship” designation. (Please note that this is a State certificate program and not a degree.)
Available classes will be posted on our workshops page.
ME* Competition (Meaningful Economics & Entrepreneurship)
What is the ME* Competition? The ME* competition is a program designed to recognize student achievement in acquiring and applying knowledge in economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance. The Competition is sponsored by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, Foundation for the Mid South, The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch and The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch.
Who can compete in the ME* Competition? The ME* competition is open only to 3rd-5th graders.
How does the ME* Competition Work? There are 3 main contests, all done by 4 member teams of third to fifth graders:
- TEST: Each team takes a written test on basic skills in Economics, Personal Finance, and Entrepreneurship.
- PRODUCTION: Each team is given a set of directions and a time limit to produce an item according to directions. They are judged on quantity and quality.
- PROBLEM SOLVING: Each team designs a good service to solve a given problem, creates an advertising campaign, and makes a two-minute presentation before a panel of judges. The judges use a scoring rubric to rate the presentations in creativity, function, and team work.
Basic Skills Test
The basic skills test is designed to assess student’s knowledge of economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. Each team works together to complete the test and turns in only one answer sheet. Students are given approximately 30 minutes to complete the test.
The Production activities are designed to test students’ abilities to work together as a team, designate responsibility, and follow directions. Each team is given a set of directions and a time limit to produce an item according to directions. They are judged on the quantity and the quality of the item. Students are typically given approximately 30 minutes of production time, but this may vary. *Note: The biggest problems we have in this portion of the competition are that the students don’t follow directions and/or do sloppy work.
Problem Solving Activity
Problem Solving Activities are designed to test students’ creativity and cooperation. Each team designs a good or service to solve a given problem, creates an advertising campaign, and makes a two-minute presentation before a panel of judges. The judges use a scoring rubric to rate the presentations in creativity, function, and team work.
Teachers can begin preparing their students for the event using the online practice resources (PDF).
The ME* Competition runs from 8:30 am- 1:30 pm
- Thursday, March 8, 2018: Gulfport; Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
- Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Cleveland; Delta State University
- Thursday, March 22, 2018: Jackson; Millsaps College
*Deadline to register teams is one week prior to the event.
Each team should consist of a minimum 3 students/maximum 4 students. There is no cost to register teams for the ME* competition and lunch will be provided thanks to our generous sponsors. However, teams that register and do not attend the competition will be billed $50 PER TEAM to cover expenses incurred on behalf of the team, so please be sure the team can attend BEFORE registering. Event space is limited so once your registration is complete, the number of teams that you have committed to cannot be decreased.
Many of today’s students arrive in class with headphones on, listening to the latest hit song or watching the newest viral video. They often question learning material that they can simply “Google” and struggle with applying textbook concepts to the world around them. Educators are continually struggling to find ways to reach these students by engaging them in the learning process. Rockonomix, a student-produced music video parody project, helps motivate student learning by using popular media to reinforce basic economic principles.
THE RULES OF THE GAME
Your task is to write NEW lyrics to a popular hit song and post your musical masterpiece to YouTube. The overall winning group for this semester will be submitted to the National Rockonomix Contest to compete against the winning videos from other states.
1. Group Size: limited to 5 people
2. Song Choice: choose any song
3. Song Lyrics: lyrics must be substantially rewritten (i.e. your own original work) and the theme of your new song must be about economics…which is about more than MONEY! Use terminology or ideas from your textbook (even if it wasn’t covered it in class), class lectures, prior knowledge, etc.
4. Stay Classy: any aspect of economics is acceptable. However, avoid the use/showing of foul language, sexual content, violence, drugs or alcohol and keep your clothes on! A church minister must not be offended by it and we should be able to post it on our website.
5. Edutainment Factor: it must be humorous, entertaining and educational, because if it is unbearable or boring to watch, it is excruciating to grade! Hint: choose a HIT song!
6. SING: unaccompanied versions are not accepted unless you can sing a cappella in four-part harmony. You must sing to recorded music and make sure you can hear the music on your video.
7. Comparative Advantage: you are free to specialize and outsource any aspect of this project. However, at minimum, every group member must have a cameo appearance in the video (photographs do not count) and appear in a group photo in the credits at the end of video.
8. Shout-Outs: if someone helps you with your video, give them proper recognition. If you use a location, get permission and give them a mention. You should also credit the original artist/song that you are parodying. We also prefer that you name your newly formed band/record label.
9. Final Cut: make sure the lyrics are spelled correctly and are visible in the video (YouTube captions don’t count), that you have followed all the rules, and that the video file you submit is a finished video and not a “project file”.
10. Official Video Release: Post your musical masterpiece on YouTube and include the following as both tags and in the video description area: TeachECON, Rock-o-nomix, Rockonomix, Rockonomics, Rock-o-nomics, Economics, ECON, Spring2018
Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG)
The Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG) is a simulation of a real market, designed to involve students in the world of finance and investing as a means of helping them learn about how a market economy works. Student teams of 3 to 5 students invest a hypothetical $100,000 in stocks and compete for the best portfolio performance. There are two separate fourteen-week programs each year; one in the Fall and one in the Spring.
The program is available to all public and private students throughout the state of Mississippi in grades 4 through 12. The program is adaptable for many different classes, including social studies, mathematics, economics, business, technology, gifted, and club activities. Students learn to develop team strategies, make decisions, and become informed about investment and economic terms. They also learn to see the connection between world events and their investments.
Your students will have entered the world of business and finance by participating in The Stock Market Game program. The perfect companion, the teacher-designed writing component and competition, reinforces their newfound knowledge and hones critical thinking skills. Click here for more information on InvestWrite.
Teacher training on using the program is also available to teachers to help them in facilitating the program in their classroom. These workshops are strongly recommended for first year participants. For more information on teacher workshops click here.
Spring 2018 Trading Dates: January 16, 2018- April 20, 2018
To register your teams for The Mississippi Stock Market Game, please visit www.stockmarketgame.org.
Pre and post test links (required to be eligible for prizes):
*Before You Invest Pre-Test
All teams must have pre-tested by March 17th for the Spring 2018 session.
*Before You Invest Post-Test
All teams must have post-tested by April 27th for the Spring 2018 session.
To see if the Stock Market Game fits into your class click here.
Treasurer’s Education About Money (TEAM)
The MS Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is one of two organizations chosen to provide services to educators as part of the TEAM initiative. MCEE will be promoting financial literacy in MS by providing robust training to the teachers. These teachers will not just implement the EverFi software, but also provide Financial Literacy education to students. Phase one includes the deployment of software and teacher training to high school teachers. The curriculum for teacher training is Financial Fitness for Life and we believe we plan to reach 300 teachers during phase one of TEAM.
MCEE will deliver financial literacy professional development for teachers that would supplement their use of Everfi in the classroom. While the software is ideal in allowing students to practice their financial literacy skills, it is the opinion of MCEE that in order to truly be a sustainable program, the teachers must be financially literate and know how to teach the material to students.
As workshops are scheduled, teachers can sign up on the workshop page of this website.