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Student Programs / Competitions

Student participation in Social Studies programs and competitions can enhance their learning experiences within the disciplines, as well as provide opportunities to improve research and writing abilities, and increase academic experiences on post-secondary school applications.

  • Fri, 05/15/2015

    The Global Food Challenge is an opportunity for your students to demonstrate their research, writing, economic knowledge, creativity, and problem solving skills as either a classroom activity or independent research project. In the Challenge, students explore issues such as: Who decides what food costs? Who benefits from sugar quotas? Is irradiated food safe to eat? Why do some countries experience famine while others don't

    Visit the MCEE website above for more information!

  • Tue, 04/28/2015

    2015 Dates Announced!
    January 26- April 14: Teacher Registration (via online portal)
    March 10 - April 14: Online competition 
    April 28. 2015: State Competition
    May 22: National Competition in St. Louis, MO

    Visit the MCEE website for more information: http://www.mcee.umn.edu/students/personal-finance-decathlon

  • Tue, 04/07/2015

    2015 Dates Announced!
    January 26 - March 24: Online Competition Teacher Registration (online portal)
    February 22 - March 24: Online Competition
    March 19 - Heartland Regional Competition at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud
    March 20 - Southern Minnesota Regional Competition, at Minnesota State University, Mankato
    Date Change! March 25 - Twin Cities Regional Competition, at Unversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    March 30 - Moorhead Regional Competition, at Minnesota State University, Moorhead
    April 7, 2015: State Competition
    April 14: National semi-finals
    May 16-18: National Competition

    In the Minnesota Economics Challenge, teams of students representing high schools across the state compete in a series of challenging tests of their economic understanding and reasoning abilities. Participants compete in both individual and team categories. The state competition is held at the Federal Reserve Bank each April with an opportunity for winning teams to earn a trip to nationals in New York City in May. Visit the National Economics Challenge homepage for more information on the national competition. Never competed before? Request a starter kit to get everything you need to know to form a team in one easy package! Email Andrea Hanson at hans1577@umn.edu to request a kit.

  • Fri, 03/27/2015

    The Minnesota Level of the National Geography Bee will take place in St. Cloud.

    Visit the MAGE website for more information.

  • Wed, 02/04/2015
    Test your students' global IQ at the Minnesota International Center's Academic WorldQuest Competition!
    When: Wednesday, February 43:00 - 6:30 P
    Where: General Mills World Headquarters, 1 General Mills Boulevard, Golden Valley.  Transportation to and from the venue is NOT provided but a limited number of transport scholarships will be offered.
    To register: Email Ann Smith with the name of your school and how many teams you will be bringing. Schools may register a maximum of 2 teams (4 students per team). Ann will follow up with event details.


  • Mon, 11/17/2014 - Sun, 11/23/2014

    Engage your students with their world during Geography Awareness Week!

    Visit the MAGE website, http://lt.umn.edu/mage/ or click on the link above to register.

  • Sat, 11/15/2014 - Tue, 01/20/2015
    The annual Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society contest is once again underway. The contest – sponsored in conjunction with the Minnesota State Bar’s Civil Litigation Section and the American Board of Trial Advocates – is open to all high school seniors in the state. Students will be competing for up to nine $500
    scholarships. This year’s contest asks students to address the following:
    In your opinion, should schools be allowed to discipline or suspend students based on something they posted on
    Facebook or some other social networking site? Or for something they said in an e-mail?
    Important Dates:
    Online contest registration begins: November 15, 2014 (Students interested in participating must register online)
    Online essay submission deadline: January 20, 2015
    Announcement of winners: March 1, 2015
    Visit the MN Supreme Court Historical Society website for more information.
  • Sat, 02/08/2014

    Questions about fair? Contact Amy Dombeck, Fair Coordinator E-mail: adombeck@gmail.com Phone: 612-756-0615 Questions about the Science Museum? Contact Maija Sedzielarz, SMM Fair Coordinator E-mail: maija@smm.org Phone: 651-221-4554 Questions about online registration? Contact Laura Kigin, MAGE program assistant MAGE/Geographer’s Fair Registration Macalester College Geography Department 1600 Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105-1899 E-mail: kigin@macalester.edu

    MAGE’s Annual Geography Fair will be held on Saturday February 9th at the Science Museum of Minnesota from 9:00 to 12:00. Students in Grades K-8 are invited to participate in this annual event by creating a geography-themed project to showcase at the Science Museum’s Discovery Hall where it will be evaluated by supportive and encouraging geographers.
    Student participants (a maximum of 12 per school) receive free exhibit hall passes to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the day which includes the newly opened Future Earth, an exhibit exploring the potential impact that 9 billion people may have on the planet. OMNI passes are not included but students can view an OMNI film for an additional cost. Participants also receive a certificate of participation and take part in special geography-based activities. The event concludes with door prize drawings for both teachers and students given generously by fair sponsors.
    We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to encourage budding geographers to take their learning to the next level in what is sure to be a fun morning and day at the Science Museum.
  • Mon, 02/03/2014
    Student Essay Contest open to all high school students in the Ninth Federal Reserve District. Awards include: $100, $200, $300, $400, paid internship at the Minneapolis Fed, and publication in The Region magazine. Also cash incentives for teachers!
    2014 Theme: The Federal Reserve: The Next 100 Years
    -March 21, 2014: Student essays due
    -April 11, 2014: Finalists announced
    -May 2, 2014: Student Workshop and Awards Program, Minneapolis, Minn.
    Visit the Federal Reserve Bank website for more information or contact Joseph.Mahon@mpls.frb.org 
  • Mon, 01/27/2014
     In the Personal Finance Decathlon, teams of students compete online to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance by taking an online test covering questions in 10 areas of personal finance. Winning teams are then invited to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis for the state championship with an opportunity to earn a trip to nationals in St. Louis, Missouri. 
    - January 27, 2014 – Online Registration Begins
    - March 3 - March 31, 2014 – Personal Finance Decathlon Online
    - April 14, 2014 – State Championship at Federal Reserve Bank, Mpls.
    - TBD – National Championship in St. Louis

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