About the Event
This fun one-day seminar consists of a mix of short lectures, games, and activities that introduce economic principles using real-life examples. The format is similar to the senior high school seminars, but the economic principles are taught at a more basic level that is suitable for students in grades 7, 8, and 9.
This program is a great complement to many courses including Business Education, Social Studies, and Career Planning.
Scarcity | Choice | Opportunity cost | Marginal decision making | Incentives | Trade | Economic systems
Speakers & Instructors
Dirk Mateer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Economics in the Movies (2005), Essentials of Economics (2015), and Principles of Economics (2017). His website: dirkmateer.com houses over 500 media assets that relate economics to popular culture. Dirk is also an award-winning instructor. He has been featured in the "Great Teachers in Economics" series and he was also the inaugural winner of the Economic Communicator Contest sponsored by the Association of Private Enterprise Education. While he was at Penn State, he received the George W. Atherton Award, the university’s highest teaching award, and was voted the best overall teacher in the Smeal College of Business by the readers of Critique Magazine. At the University of Arizona, he received the best large class lecture award in the Eller College of Management. He also founded the Journal of Economics Teaching in 2015 in order to create a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to innovative instruction in economics.close
Charity-Joy Acchiardo is a Lecturer of Economics at the University of Arizona and the executive director of the Journal of Economics Teaching. Among her contributions to economic education are Dystopia and Economics: A Guide to Surviving Everything from the Apocalypse to Zombies and econshark.com, a website highlighting the economics of Shark Tank. She understands that many people perceive the study of economics as uninteresting and disconnected to the realities of their everyday lives. But she also knows that isn’t true. She gets her students actively engaged in observing their own worlds and solving the puzzles they find there. She is a frequent speaker at teaching workshops across North America and Europe where she shares tips for making economics come alive for students. Dr. Acchiardo has an MBA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a Ph.D. from George Mason University.close