consumer education competition is a fun program that encourages high school students to develop consumer life skills by learning about the consumer issues they face today and new challenges right around the corner. Designed to complement school curriculums, the program focuses on consumer rights and responsibilities, personal finance, health and safety, technology and the environment.
The challenge is open to teams in grades nine through 12. Each year, the competition begins online at http://www.lifesmarts.org/
with registration and online quizzes. Qualifying teams compete in person in a game show format at the state championship in March. The state winner goes on to the national competition.
|Online Competition Ends||2/1/2012|
|State Championship in Frankfort||Frankfort, Ky.||3/8/2012|
|National Championship||Philadelphia, Penn.||4/21/2012|
LifeSmarts U – a virtual online classroom – is available year-round. All resources are tied to national standards and are an excellent way to engage students in learning about consumer topics.
LifeSmarts is sponsored nationally by the National Consumers League. The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General has sponsored Kentucky participation in the program since 1998. The Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) has co-sponsored and participated in the state LifeSmarts competition since 2001. In 2010, DFI became a co-coordinator. Other co-sponsors include the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 4-H Cooperative Extension and the Better Business Bureau.