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January 3, 2012

Dr. Margaret Brooks, professor and chairperson of economics, co-organized the 2011 Boston International Economic Summit, which involved more than 500 students from New England high schools converging at Patriot Place in Foxboro for a competition in global economics.

For the competition, students were grouped into five-member teams, each representing a different country from across the globe. The teams competed for points by passing written tests, presenting economic proposals and trading goods and services with other groups. Students also earned points for donning costumes representing their "home nations," and creating table displays that best represented those countries.

Dr. Brooks, who is also a board member and former president of the Massachusetts Council of Economic Education (MCEE), which co-sponsored the summit, was on hand for the event.

"It was amazing to see so many high school students and their teachers, college student volunteers, college professors, and community leaders all working together to make this year's summit a great success," Dr. Brooks said. "Everyone learned valuable lessons in global international economics by participating in this hands-on trade simulation."

Dr. Michael Kryzanek, director of the Center for International Engagement, also attended the summit, as did representatives from eight international consulates.

Ross DePina, a BSU senior majoring in economics, volunteered throughout the day, assisting high school teams in his role as a banker.

The summit is the culmination of a program developed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (FRBB) that aims to provide secondary teachers with tools for infusing economic concepts into their courses. The program requires teachers to adopt a specialized curriculum and participate in summer training sessions, some of which were coordinated and co-presented by Dr. Brooks.

Apart from BSU, the MCEE and the FRBB, event co-sponsors included the International Economic Summit Institute, Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place, Salem State University, North Shore Community College, the Challenger Foundation and several corporations.

Participating Massachusetts high schools included: Bedford High, Canton High, Framingham High, Marshfield High and Millbury High, among others.

In 2009, the summit was held at BSU. Click here for the full story.

Check out the summit's Facebook page for more photos of the event and others held across the nation. (Story by Rob Matheson, '07, University Advancement; photos submitted; video by Moakley TV Studio)

Click below for a video of the 2011 Boston International Economic Summit.

Dr. Margaret Brooks
Dr. Michael Kryzanek (far left) stands with some event organizers and international consuls who attended the summit
Students gather on the summit's trading floor
Students dressed to represent France meet a representative from the French consulate

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