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SpeedSmarts is a series of ten activities which teams complete in a round-robin fashion. Teams move from one activity to the next every six minutes. A full round of SpeedSmarts includes five different types of activities; each format is played twice. An expert at each table guides teams, gives directions, and scores the activity within the allotted time. Sister Team coaches accompany the team through the rotation.

SpeedSmarts (formerly “Speed Dating the Experts”) is a competition format used at the National LifeSmarts Championship, but can be modified to work in other settings (including state LifeSmarts competitions).

During SpeedSmarts teams:

  • Demonstrate teamwork and critical thinking skills
  • Showcase knowledge across all LifeSmarts topics
  • Learn from experts while interacting in a fun and educational way

Please note that the samples below were used in 2016 and new types of activities are created every year. To speed up this event Lucky 7s have been eliminated in later competitions.

Speed Dating Scorecard

Speed Dating Activities (retired from Nationals 2016)

Get a Clue: Teams receive puzzles to solve; manipulatives are provided to place in the blanks

Activity 1 Recycle Plastics

Activity 1 Manipulatives

Just Say It: The captain is given a list of terms and must get his or her teammates to say the term (without using the term), similar to the game Password

Activity 2 Fraud

Spin For Who’s In: Players take turns spinning a wheel to see who will answer the next question

Activity 3 Reducing Food Waste

Tell Me What: The team receives 12 icons and must name what each represents

Activity 4 Technology Icons

Activity 4 Team Icons

Fact or Fiction: Players hear 12 statements and must decide which are fact and which are fiction

Activity 5 Financial Planning