The Meaningful Economics and Entrepreneur (MEE) Competition, held Thursday, November 17, is designed to promote student knowledge in economics and entrepreneurship. This program is designed to recognize student achievement in acquiring and applying knowledge in economics, entrepreneurship and personal finance.  Students spent extra time before school to research vocabulary, team build, brainstorm creative solutions to a business problem, perform skits presenting their solutions, and learning how to produce a “product” in an assembly line fashion within a very short period of time!

Arriving at the competition with high expectations, we joined 200 + students to compete for the top teams in each grade level.  The enthusiasm was very high and students were eager to learn what the challenges would be for them as young entrepreneurs to solve!  It was a day filled with authentic challenges, learning, and  team building.  Students were tested over economic concepts such as supply, demand, how banks work, what are debit/credit cards, how does saving money help, how does spending money help our economy and what type of products help Oklahoma’s economy.  They were also asked about inventors/entrepreneurs who have helped our economy such as John Deere, Steve Jobs, Alexander Graham Bell and many more.

The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education has designed the competition to encourage creative and critical problem solving and thinking, teamwork and collaboration, and communication skills!  The 3 main contests include test assessment, production, and a problem solving component that requires a skit performance!

1st Place — Avery Barlow, Kathryn Soucek, Mya Kane, and Holden Morley

Other participants were:  Stratton McClure, Ben Pryor, Julianna Cummings, Hudson Hahn, Kenna Snyder, Peyton Boyster, Cole Hutchings, and Joanna Liu
4th graders:   Robbie Gruenewald, Colby Craig, Leyton Barry, and Collin Williamson