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NCCEE's Academic Competitions

For more than 40 years, the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) has sponsored a number of academic competitions focusing on economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship for North Carolina students in primary and secondary schools designed to support and enhance the economic education experience.

All competition winners are invited to attend regional awards banquets in the spring where their accomplishments are celebrated with their parents and teachers, as well as a number of educational leaders and prominent business leaders.

Stock Market Game™ - Grades 4-College/Adult

The Stock Market Game™ (SMG) gives students the chance to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in a real-time portfolio while they compete against their peers across the state. They think they're playing a game. You know they're utilizing technology to improve math scores and learn economic, financial, and business concepts all while building 21st century skills that will last a lifetime. Follow up the SMG experience by entering InvestWrite*, a national essay competition which adds a language arts and critical thinking component to the SMG experience.

The NCCEE is proud to partner with TIAA-CREF and Ally to offer the game at no cost to Title I and schools located in low to moderate income communities or that have a 50% or greater free and reduced lunch population. 

To learn more about the SMG program, free workshops and webinars for teachers new to the program, click on workshops or view a pre-recorded training webinar click here.

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Capitol Challenge

North Carolina's Capitol Challenge of the SMG program is made possible by funding from TIAA-CREF and Ally. This session of the Stock Market Game™ competition is offered each spring and pairs general assembly members to Stock Market Game teams in their home districts. This session requires pre-approval to participate. General Assembly members willing to champion a team in their home district should contact Naomi Richardson. The 2015 Capitol Challenge will take place from February 9 to April 17. 



The NCCEE is proud to partner with TIAA-CREF and Ally to offer the game at no cost to Title I and schools located in low to moderate income communities or that have a 50% or greater free and reduced lunch population. 


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InvestWrite - Grades 4-12

Enhance the Stock Market Game™ experience through writing. Your students have entered the world of business and finance by participating in The Stock Market Game™ program. The perfect companion, our teacher-designed writing component and competition, reinforces their newfound knowledge and hones critical thinking skills. Teachers participating in the SMG program will receive an invitation to submit student essays during the competition.

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Economics Challenge - High School - Grades 9-12

The National Economics Challenge is a state, regional and national competition for high school students designed to increase their understanding of and interest in economics and finance. Students compete in teams for a chance to win prizes and a trip to New York City to compete in the national finals.

Click here to learn more about the National Economics Challenge. Click here to learn more and register your students for the North Carolina Challenge!

This Economics Challenge competition was made possible through the generous support of State Farm and the Council for Economic Education.

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NC Personal Finance Challenge - Middle and High School - Grades 6-12

The Personal Finance Challenge is a state and national competition for middle and high school students designed as an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Personal Finance by competing with other students across the state in an online multiple-choice examination. Middle school students compete statewide and high school students compete for a chance to advance to the nationals. The National Personal Finance Challenge will be held Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.

Click here to learn more about the North Carolina & National Personal Finance Challenge. Registration opening ealry 2005!

The NC Personal Finance Challenge is made possible through the generous support of Wells Fargo Bank and NCCEE. Thanks to the The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for their partnership in this program.

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The County Marketing Contest - Middle School - Grades 6-8

The contest is designed to be an extension of the middle school standards for social studies (economics), technology and language arts. Students work in teams to create a PowerPoint presentation that persuades a business to expand or relocate to a given county based on productive resources, tax incentives and other factors. Students will compete for cash prizes against other middle school student teams across North Carolina. Download flier here, download rubric here. All entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015. Registration will open early 2015, check back for registration link.


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Economics Calendar Poster Contest - Grades 2-5

Enhance the learning experience for students in grades 2-5 by participating in the annual Calendar Poster Contest. Teachers submit artwork illustrating one of 8 economic concepts. Winning illustrations will be posted on our website and the winning students each receive cash prizes. Click here for rules and entry form. All entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015. 


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Hop on the BUS! - High School (Grades 9-12)

Hop on the Bus is a competition that provides an opportunity for North Carolina students (grades 9-12) to gain knowledge of and inspire interest in entrepreneurship. The program will give students, working as individuals or teams, a “real life” experience within an educational setting. The program allows our youth to discover what it would be like to generate an idea and build it into his or her business. Additionally, one of the value added opportunities with this program is encouraging our youth to believe they can start new business ventures.

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