High School Fed Challenge is an academic competition that provides students grades 9–12 the opportunity to study the U.S. economy through the lens of the U.S. central bank. The program is designed to encourage students to learn more about economics and about the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the policymaking group that makes interest rate decisions to foster economic strength and stability.
2017 Fed Challenge Dates Announced
Think your students would like to be the Federal Open Market Committee for a day and try their hands at monetary policy? Then sign up your Fed Challenge teams today. Upcoming dates are now available.
Fed Challenge 2017 Orientation
Students and educators are welcome.
Chicago Headquarters: January 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m. CT to 2:00 p.m. CT
Detroit Branch: January 26, 2017, 9:00 a.m. ET to 2:00 p.m. E.T.
Fed Challenge 2017 Competition
Preliminary and Final Rounds are in Chicago; Michigan Round is held in Detroit.
Chicago Headquarters: April 24, 2017
Detroit Branch: March 31, 2017
Register for Michigan Round by February 15, 2017: Katherine Nelson via email.
Register teams for Chicago Preliminary and Finals by March 31, 2017: Mariann Rapp via email.
Midwest Fed Challenge: 2016 Winners!
A team of five students from Nicolet High School in Glendale, WI, won the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s 2016 Midwest Fed Challenge Competition.
The team included:
James Dean Vaillancourt
Building a 21st Century Learning Environment
Fed Challenge students:
- Analyze real data and use industry tools to assess the US economy
- Develop a simulation to showcase assessment and recommendations
- Gain exposure to professional economists from the Chicago Fed and sister organizations
- Be evaluated on quality of teamwork
- Develop critical thinking skills in preparation for live question and answer session with professional economists
- Make personal connections that will last beyond high school
In Support of 21st Century Skills Framework
By the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
- Focuses on 21st Century Skills, content knowledge and expertise.
- Builds understanding across and among core subjects, as well as 21st Century interdisciplinary themes.
- Emphasizes deep understanding, rather than shallow knowledge.
- Engages students with the real world data, tools and experts that they will encounter in college, on the job and in life: Students learn best when actively engaged in solving meaningful problems.
- Allows for multiple measures of mastery.
How Does Fed Challenge Work?
High school student teams from District schools take part in a simulated FOMC meeting. Each team of five students takes 15 minutes to analyze the U.S. economy, presents a short-term forecast for the economy and makes a monetary policy recommendation. The team must then defend its presentation before a panel of Fed economists in a 10-minute question-and-answer session.