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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.

  • Sun, 10/23/2016

    The deadline to register for this opportunity is October 23, 2015.

  • Wed, 02/03/2016

    Test your students' global IQ with the Minnesota International Center's Academic WorldQuest international trivia competition. This FREE event challenges teams of four to combinr wits and correctly answer multiple choice questions on global topics. The top team and their coach win an all-expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C.

    Click on the link to register your students. Contact Ann Smith, annsmith@umn.edu or 612.625.1467 with questions.

  • Fri, 12/11/2015


    The James Otis Lecture Series was created to educate and inspire students across our nation about the U.S. Constitution. Our lecture program is designed to allow schools to comply with the requirements of the federal statute creating Constitution Day.

    The Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates is hosting its first James Otis Lecture and you and your students are invited!

    Date: Friday, December 11, 2015

    Time: 10am - 2pm

    Location: Minnesota History Center 345 W. Kellogg Blvd St. Paul, MN 55102

    Featured Speaker: Edward Larson, Author of The Return of George Washington, Professor of Law and History, Pepperdine University

    Visit the website to register.

    Contact Kelly Street for more information, kstreet@soulestull.com, 612-353-6403

  • Fri, 09/18/2015 - Mon, 01/18/2016

    The National Geographic is kicking off the annual 2016 National Geographic Bee competition.  The National Geographic Bee is an annual event organized by National Geographic Society designed to inspire students to be curious about the world.

    Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.  

    National Geographic and the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education invite everyone to participate in the upcoming National Geographic Bee.  Locally, if you are a teacher or school administrator, one of the best ways is to sign up and hold the school-level competition in your own district.  Parents, interested community members and businesses can volunteer or offer support to start a Geo Bee or support schools already holding National Geographic Bee competitions.

    Be at the forefront of a growing movement to get the best possible education for Minnesota students that are career and college ready.  Be instrumental in providing the opportunity for schools to receive positive recognition for academic achievement.  Be the one to help us inspire kids to learn about the world.  Just BEE!

    For countless ways to start or become involved with the National Geographic Bee, at the local and state level, check out http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ or please contact the MN State Geo Bee coordinator at mngeobee@hotmail.com.

    The registration fee is $100 until December 18. From December 19 - January 18, the registration is $120 by credit card only.

    Best regards,

    Dr. Kerri Westgard

    MN State National Geographic Bee Coordinator

  • 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.

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