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California State University at Fullerton
Saturday, April 16, 2016 9AM-3PM
(Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
1st Place winners of the Olympiad from Troy High School
Mihaylo College of Business and Economics partnered with Wells Fargo Bank to pilot the first Olympiad for Financial Literacy, Economics and Business at CSU Fullerton in California on March 14, 2015. In her opening remarks, Alicia Lopez, Wells Fargo Community Outreach Coordinator, highlighted the importance of financial and economic literacy in today’s global economy. 111 high school students participated from 11 area high schools; the majorities represented were from low-income schools.
The Olympiad consisted of five events designed to test business and economic acumen. These activities consisted of a stock market game, which tasked students with making sound investment decisions over a two-month period with a mock $100,000 portfolio; a competition requiring the creation of a thorough business plan and a 60-second Fast Pitch presentation; a financial video competition allowing students to make their own 90-seconds video on personal finance topics; and two separate contests involving multiple-choice tests and a “Jeopardy”-style round-one competition focused on financial literacy/personal finance knowledge and the other on economics and recent business news stories in the Wall Street Journal. Students could participate individually or in groups of up to five for most events.
Winners of the Financial Video competition of the Spring 2015 Olympiad:
(Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015)
Winners of the Fall 2015 Titan Fast Pitch Competition.
The Center conducted a Business Plan competition where high school students were asked to sell a business idea in 60 seconds and answer lightning round questions on the details of their proposed business idea. A dozen high schools, mostly low income and Title I schools, participated.
Students participating in Beat the Professor played the Stock Market Game against professors at Cal State Fullerton’s Economics Department. Center graduate student assistants taught eight class periods of economic and financial literacy curriculum material in several low- income schools across Orange County. Research on the effectiveness of the treatment is in progress.
(Spring 2013 and Spring 2014)
Graduate student teaching elementary school students basic economics.
Graduate students in economics taught elementary school students 12 class periods of financial and economic literacy material in their after-school programs at Title I schools. Students had fun learning basic principles of economics and personal finance with hands-on activities. They received piggy banks with money for participating in the Center’s learning activities.
Winners won a ticket to the Angels Game with their teacher from Katella High School.
The Center Director taught seven class periods of financial and economic literacy to two economics sections at a Title I school in Orange County. Effectiveness of the three components of the financial literacy curriculum: The Stock Market Game (SMG), Financial Fitness for Life (FFFL), and Hands on Banking (HOB) were measured by Center researchers. The research article is published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
The high school students who participated in the Beat the Bankers Program played the stock market game against a group of very enthusiastic Wells Fargo bankers. Guess who won!!
The student team that won was treated to an Angels Game at the Angels Stadium.