Thursday, March 29, 2012
Last Thursday, I had my first experience with LifeSmarts, serving as both a judge and then question master at the DC competition. The thing I most took away from the competition was the energy of the kids competing. Even when they were behind or struggling with difficult questions, these kids were excited to be there and excited to be competing for the chance to go to Nationals in Philadelphia.
As someone who does consumer advocacy for a living, I am sometimes guilty of taking the excitement for consumer issues I encounter for granted. The energy of these kids, their dedication to the competition and the knowledge it tests, reminded me that not everyone has the opportunity to be so well informed. As we move closer and closer to Nationals, we’re so excited to have teams of kids who are passionate and excited about these issues. As a consumer advocate, I am inspired to think that I may be interacting with the next generation of advocates.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
By Michigan Team Captain Nick Sanborn
Michigan - The Great Lakes State! (Lots of Fresh Water Everywhere)
Competition was held at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on February 17.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The 2011-2012 year-end survey is live and now is the time to give us your feedback! Each year, we welcome hearing from coaches and students about your experiences using LifeSmarts, as we strive to make LifeSmarts even more meaningful for participants each coming year.
Your opinions count! Because of your feedback on this student survey last year, we began offering the opportunity to take practice quizzes on one topic only. This meant that, for students who felt shaky on issues like credit, insurance, and housing, they had the new chance to brush up on personal finance. As a result of student survey feedback, students now get to select both your difficulty level and the topic (or you can still select "all topics" to emulate a real quiz) for each practice quiz that you take.
Please take 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions on our online surveys, which will help guide us in improvements for next year.
Student survey - click here
Coach survey - click here
Thursday, March 15, 2012
- The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds.
- Philadelphia is the site of the first presidential mansion and was once the United States capital city.
- Benjamin Jackson produced the country's first mustard in 1768 and sold it to fellow Philadelphians in glass bottles.
- Benjamin Franklin demonstrated electrical cooking in 1749. He killed a turkey by electric shock, then roasted it over a fire started by his "electrified bottle".
- The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia in 1784.
- Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest city park with over 8,000 acres.
- In a house at 239 Arch Street, Betsy Ross fashioned the first American flag.
- If you dug straight down from Philadelphia to the other side of the globe you would end up in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
- The nation's first hospital opened in Philadelphia 1751.
- The Philadelphia Mint produces over 30 million coins per day.
- Philadelphia has more public art than any city in the country.
- Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried in Philadelphia’s Christ Church cemetery.
See you all in Philly!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Listed below are the students who scored the highest in the individual LifeSmarts topic tests:
Personal Finance: Emily Thompson - Buhler High School
Consumer Rights & Responsibilties: Jerik Allen - Humboldt High School
Health & Safety: Branson Strasner - Haven High School
Technology: Kevin Smith - Great Bend High School
Environment: Brandon Yutzy - Haven High School
By all accounts, it was very exciting day of competition!
Monday, March 5, 2012
1. Send NCL photos of your team competing at state to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
2. Make hotel reservations.
3. Send your state champion form to NCL (this was in the packet you received from your state coordinator when you won the state competition).
4. Warm up with the practice TeamSmarts quizzes available now through March 31.
5. Coaches, mark your calendars to join the LifeSmarts staff for a coach conference call on March 28 (5 p.m. Eastern) or April 3 (3 p.m. Eastern) – the same information will be covered on both calls, plan to join us for one of them.
6. Practice (use the Daily Quiz, LifeSmarts Daily Calendars, and as many practice quizzes as you can to have fun prepping with your team).
7. Design a team T-shirt to enter into the LifeSmarts T-shirt competition.
8. Choose gifts for your Sister Team.
9. Students are encouraged to apply to serve on the 2012-13 LifeSmarts Student Advisory Board. New this year, students must apply jointly with their coach – applications are open now and due April 6.
10. Pack your sweat suit, download "Eye of the Tiger," and get ready to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum like Rocky himself!
Be sure to watch this blog for more news about Nationals.
Good luck and see you all at the National Championship!