Fed Challenge

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.

Last Updated: 10/19/16

2017 Fed Challenge Dates

Think your students would like to be the Federal Open Market Committee for a day and try their hands at monetary policy? Bookmark this page and check for 2017 Fed Challenge dates.

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:

Faculty Advisor

Sue Bolly

Team Members

James Dean Vaillancourt
Robert McCracken
Thomas Driscoll
Yogev Ben-Yitschak
Zachary Hampel

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.