Euro Challenge

Dear teacher colleagues:

Euro Challenge Winners, March 2007The European Union Center of Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill is excited to offer 9th and 10th grade students in the Southeast an opportunity to participate in a national competition with amazing prizes!  The Euro Challenge (www.euro-challenge.org) is an opportunity for student teams to learn about the new European currency, the euro, by examining one country of the euro area and making a presentation on the impact the euro has had there.  The competition is sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington and the Moody's Foundation.   More information on Euro Challenge and complete rules for the competition may be found at the website listed above.  The first round of competitions will be held in Chapel Hill at the European Union Center of Excellence on March 27, 2012.  The winning team from that competition will travel to compete in the national competition in New York City on April 30, 2012.

Register for the Euro Challenge competition online at www.euro-challenge.org/registration.html

Euro Challenge Overview

The program introduces students of global studies, world history, European studies, and beyond to the field of economics, and offers a unique learning experience that moves them out of the classroom into the real world.

For the competition, students research problems and solutions to Europe's economic challenges. A team of three to five students presents its findings in a competition format. The best teams from each region travel to New York City to compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Conditional on an annual grant, winning teams can win cash prizes and a trip to Washington generously offered by The Moody's Foundation.

The competition requires no previous knowledge of economics or Europe, and students and teachers can access an array of educational resources and training materials on the Euro Challenge website: http://www.euro-challenge.org/.

The website features:

  • Enhanced information for participating teams, teachers and interested parties.
  • Enlarged resources section with video study materials, information and links on the European economy and Euro Area countries.
  • Video material of former competitions and testimonies of last year's winning teams and their teachers, sharing their experience with the Euro Challenge competition and offering tips on how to prepare.    
  • Forum for Q&A, discussions on the competition and exchange of experiences.

Euro Challenge Goals

  • Increase students' knowledge and understanding of the European Union and the euro
  • Promote an understanding of economic challenges facing European Union member nations
  • Support local learning standards related to global studies and economics
  • Foster economic and financial literacy and understanding of economic policy issues
  • Develop communication, critical thinking and cooperative skills

The Euro Challenge is a program of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America. It is managed by Working in Support of Education and run with the help of numerous regional partner organizations (see www.euro-challenge.org/about.html#6 for details).

Euro Challenge in the Southeast: Orientation Session and Free Trip to Brussels!

Brussels, BelgiumUNC will host an orientation session for teachers from regional schools participating in the Euro Challenge on Saturday, November 12, 2011, 10:00am - 2:00pm (email gali@unc.edu to sign up for the orientation and get more info). The orientation will include an overview of the competition, the European Union, and the euro currency. The teacher who coached last year's winning team will share information and tips from his experiences. In addition, an economics professor will present about the current economic situation, and will be on-hand to answer teachers' questions.

Teachers enlisting a team in the Euro Challenge will be eligible for one of two spots to travel to Brussels in summer 2012, travel and accommodations paid, on a program supported by our European Union Center of Excellence grant. Find out more about the EUCE competition for K-12 teacher travel at http://www.unc.edu/depts/europe/research_funding/fundingk12.htm.

Materials presented at the teacher orientation session:

Materials presented at the student orientation session:

If you are interested in participating please review the website details. If you have questions about the Euro Challenge, email Gali Beeri at the EU Center of Excellence in Chapel Hill. 

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Additional Educational Materials

The UNC European Union Center of Excellence is proud to offer an online "textbook" intended as an introduction to economics for teachers and students in high school grades and up. Euro Economics is an introduction to economics written through the lens of the European Union. For teachers this site can act as an introduction or a refresher to economics, to incorporate economics concepts and material into your classes. For students this site can provide a jumping off point for learning about economics, either on your own or ideally in a study group.

Explore Euro Economics! www.unc.edu/depts/europe/euroeconomics/