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Rules and Registration

Introduction

Let's Get Real™ is a competition that gives young students the opportunity to solve real-life issues faced by the sponsoring corporations and provides the corporate sponsors the opportunity to meet talented students. For questions or comments, contact your State Coordinator or Program Coordinator.

Team Eligibility

All 6th through 12th grade students from any school are eligible. Students do not have to be affiliated with a school setting to participate...in other words home schooling, Scouts, neighborhood friends, etc. can form teams with an adult coordinator. Students may work on any of the problems. All entries must be by teams. No individual entries will be considered. Teams must be no smaller than two and no larger than six students. Members of the team may be from the same or different grade levels and may be from the same or different schools. Each team must have at least one adult coordinator. 

Adult Coordinator

The team's adult coordinator must be at least 21 years old and be able to provide guidance and direction to the students, and serve as the primary contact with Let's Get Real™. A coordinator may sponsor more than one team.

Registration and Contract Forms

Each team must submit a separate registration form and contract form. Each team may work on more than one problem. However, a separate registration form should be submitted for each problem. The contract form may be duplicated so that each team member can submit a separate form for convenience. In addition, a student may be a member of more than one team.

Solving The Problems

The solution must be developed by the students. Parents, teachers, adult coordinators, and other non-team members may provide training, guidance, transportation and other indirect assistance only.

Select one or more problems from the sponsors' problem list. Submit a separate registration form and contract form for each problem and for each team. Each entry will be initially judged based on the team's written report. The written report must meet the following requirements (also refer to the Judges Scoring Sheet to see exactly what will be evaluated):

  • All assumptions made in arriving at the solution must be clearly stated.
  • The costs and benefits of the suggested solution must be clearly stated.
  • The written report must be typed and must not exceed 10 double-spaced pages (using 12-point type and 1-inch margins).
  • Document all the resources used in arriving at your solution. This includes time (hours) and money spent. This documentation of expenses is not for reimbursement, but it will be considered in determining the cost effectiveness of your work as it relates to the quality of your solution.
  • Diagrams, drawings, or illustrations and computer simulations or models are acceptable as appendices to the written report and will not be counted in the page limit. In addition, audio or videotapes, models, or other material helpful to understand the solution may accompany the written report (this material will NOT be returned unless the team is selected for the final oral presentation). However, please note that only finalists selected on the basis of the initial submission will be given an opportunity to make an oral presentation. Therefore, material that requires an accompanying presentation (e.g., 35 mm slides) should be prepared only if the team is invited for an oral presentation.

Submitting Solutions

Please send ALL completed registration forms, contract forms, and solutions by or before the deadline for the specific challenge to:

Let's Get Real
624 Waltonville Road
Hummelstown, PA 17036

Registration forms and contract forms MUST be submitted to the address above via US postal mail.  However, some corporations request that solution documentation be submitted in electronic form, and be of a specific file type(s). Please review requirements for submission of electronic documentation.  If available, details will be listed with the challenge. Electronic documentation submissions may be emailed to the following address:

LGR@epix.net
 

The Judging Process

Judging will be done by a panel of employees from the corporate sponsor. Each corporate sponsor will judge solutions to its own problems using the Judges Scoring Sheet. (Rubric developed by Myron E. Yoder, M.Ed., Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, Allentown School District and Adjunct Professor of Education, Cedar Crest College.) The written solutions will be judged according to the following criteria:

Practicality or Implementation Potential (10 Points)
Solution is practical.
Solution could be implemented with existing technology.

Effectiveness of the Solution (20 Points)
Written report is clear, concise and "sells" the idea.
The report meets guidelines for style.
The report is neat and documentation is evident.
The report is easy to follow.

Cost and Benefit of the Solution (20 Points)
The cost of the solution is clearly documented.
The benefit of the solution is clearly documented and stated.
Analysis of the cost/benefit of the solution is reasonable and understandable.

Creativity/Originality (20 Points)
Solution is creative and demonstrates thinking beyond the conventional and obvious.
Solution is original and demonstrates ideas developed solely by the group.

Development of the Idea (10 Points)
Chronological log discussion on how your idea was formed, developed and finally acted upon by your group. You may use a narrative in place of a log.

Documentation of the Development of the Solution (20 Points)
All work and expenses are clearly documented and appended to the end of the written report.
The documentation is clearly presented and easily understood.
The documentation is presented in an organized fashion and is neat in form.

Oral Presentations

Finalists will be invited at their own expense to the appropriate corporate sponsor's location for an oral presentation. Finalists will be questioned by the judges to determine originality of the idea, knowledge of the subject, and ability to communicate and sell the idea clearly and succinctly. The oral presentation should be limited to 15 minutes followed by about 10 minutes of questioning by the judges. 

If your team is invited to the finals please feel free to employ PowerPoint presentations, video, slides, overheads, etc., but remember to have a back up plan in case some technical problem occurs. You will only be allotted so much time and if your technical problems delay your presentation you will not come across as well as if you are prepared for this possibility. Plan for possible problems! 

For more information about the contest or the problems, contact your State Coordinator or Program Coordinator.
 

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