Coaches: Be sure to register to receive more information. Have questions? Participate in one of our online trainings or contact Jim for assistance at KCEE@wichita.edu or call 316-978-5165.
All levels of competition will be held online for 2021 due to COVID.
Welcome to the Kansas LifeSmarts page! Gain an advantage over your peers when navigating the consumer maze we live in by participating in LifeSmarts. Coaches have access to many free lesson plans and other educational resources to help make this a great classroom activity. Click on the Resources tab to view them.
*Please note that due to the circumstances around COVID, the in-person events may need to move to an online format. We have a quiz-bowl format that we think will still provide a great experience for the students. A decision will be made at a later date. We hope you will still plan to participate.
To join the Kansas Varsity and JV competitions , please complete the following before the closing date for your specific grade division. Varsity closes January 16th. JV is extended to March 1st. FBLA and FCCLA Chapters have their own competition dates but everyone is welcome to participate in the Kansas competitions in addition to FBLA, FCCLA & 4-H. High school teams can work towards winning a trip to National LifeSmarts at the state specific competition or they can also earn a spot through the national competitions for the individual FBLA, FCCLA & 4-H competitions. Students are eligible to be on a state team and also on another one of the specific chapter teams. Team coaches should download the specific group instructions from the Coaches Page.
Step 1: Teachers should register as a coach ASAP so we can communicate next steps with you. Competition officially opens September 14th. Teams can be created after that date.
Step 2: Students register and take the pre-test as soon as possible (20 multiple-choice questions) - required before you can access step 5
Step 3: Teachers create teams and add the students to the appropriate team (Teams are 4-5 students and you must select a team captain)
Step 4: Study, study, study using practice quizzes, the resources section and any other resources you have accessible. Monthly TeamSmarts competitions are also a great option.
Step 5: Opening November 1st: Students must take the five individual topic quizzes (20 multiple-choice questions each topic) - required before you can access step 6
Step 6: Students must complete the final Capstone quiz (20 multiple-choice questions) prior to the closing date for your specific grade division below:
JUNIOR VARSITY DETAILS (Grades 6-8):
Teams should study as much as possible and then complete the final online competition quizzes between November 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021. Top teams will be invited to take the online TeamSmarts JV State Championship Quiz, April 26 - 30. 2021. There is not a national level for JV at this time.
VARSITY DETAILS (Grades 9-12):
Teams study as much as possible then complete the final online competition quizzes any day between November 1, 2020 and January 16, 2021. Qualifying schools will be invited to select 4-5 of their top players to advance to the next level competition (online) with hopes of advancing to the State Finals will be held online using Zoom and QuizBowl Pro on March 3, 2021. See Varsity dates below:
-Final Varsity Online Competition Quizzes: Final Quizzes Open November 1 to January 16, 2021 (*Required for a team to be considered for next step in state)
-Kansas Varsity State Finals: Online sing Zoom and QuizBowl Pro - March 3, 2021 - More details will be provided to qualifying teams
-National Finals: Online April 17-19, 2021
New(er) to LifeSmarts? Be sure to down load the Coach's Guide from the Coaches tab.
*View 7 tips for a winning LifeSmarts team at: http://lifesmarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LifeSmarts-7-tips_20-21.pdf
*Join a free online training for new teachers? Check the events tab at www.kcee.wichita.edu to see if there is one scheduled. If not, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for training.
*Student videos are also available to help your student get started and also a video on tips for making the most of LifeSmarts. These videos were created by a past LifeSmarts team member with several trips to National LifeSmarts under his belt. These videos are available on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/album/4209619. Please note the website has changed a little since so the screens might look different.
- Jim Graham
- Kansas Council for Economic Education
- Send Mail Phone:316-978-5165