CK-12 Get Real

Past Winners

During the first edition of the Get-Real Competition, we received hundreds of high quality submissions from all around the country by extremely talented students (supported by great teachers!). It was difficult to narrow it down to the top 2, but here were the winners. We hope these inspire you!

Sample Real World Applications

A real-world application (RWA) offers opportunities to explore how a concept or a set of related concepts can be used to solve real-life problems, explain natural phenomena, or integrate different cross-disciplinary subject areas. Real world applications can make a difference in the way we learn and teach and understand our world. See the video below for an example:

Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

RWA Media Formats:

What is the Get-Real Competition?

Students are invited to show their creativity in learning K-12 concepts and also challenge themselves (and fellow students!). We ask students to put on their thinking caps, get creative, and create clear practical examples showing STEM Concepts in action in the real world. They have a chance to win their choice of iPads, Kindles, or Chromebooks for their whole class! Multiple submissions are accepted, and they can come in many formats (See Rules for details). Think – how does kinetic and potential energy change while on a roller coaster ride!


Submissions accepted: September 17 – November 26, 2013 (until 11.59pm PST)
Top 10 judging starts: December 7th, 2013
Top 3 winners announced: December 13th, 2013

Judging Criteria

All entries will be evaluated and judged by the CK-12 team and external judges per the criteria below to determine relevance of concept and quality of RWA created:
1 Application of Concept to Real-World (35 points)
Does the entry clearly demonstrate how the concept applies directly to the application described?

2 Impact (25 Points)
Was the entry interesting? Fun? Clever? Memorable?

3 Creativity (20 Points)
Is the entry creative and original?

4 Clarity (20 Points)
Was the concept described in a simple and clear manner that could be easily understood by a wide audience?


  • Submissions must be academic and educational in content and must clearly demonstrate how a CK-12 concept applies to a real-world phenomenon (CK-12 concepts can be found within the subject page. (For example, go to, click Biology. Scientific Thinking is the first of many concepts listed.)
  • Acceptable submission formats include: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, or the embed code from any of a number of video streaming or presentation sites (YouTube, SlideShare, Prezi)
  • Each submission must have one teacher sponsor to function as a CK-12 contact and prize recipient
  • Submissions can come from groups of two or more but each group must represent one classroom
  • When the winner is picked, the prizes (devices) will be shipped to the teacher sponsor

For detailed rules click here

Tips and Tools

1. Follow The Rules
Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully.
We don’t want you to overlook anything that would disqualify you.

2. Get Teacher Consent
Find a teacher sponsor for your project. Ask one of your math or science teachers to be a part of your project. Include their name and email address in your submission.

3. Read the Judging Criteria
Be sure to read how the judges will judge your work.

4. Create Cool Stuff
Create cool, exciting interesting presentations. Use tools like Prezi, Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker, or Show Me to make your content dynamic and interesting.

5. Use Only Your Work
We want you to have fun when you work on this. But don’t copy! Plagiarism
leads to automatic disqualification. Remember you can use CK-12 Content to help you.


There is one overall winner, second place and third place:
1st Place: The best RWA submission group will get up to 25 devices for their classroom (school-property).
2nd Place: The 2nd best RWA submission up to 10 devices for their classroom (school-property).
3rd Place: The 3rd best RWA submission will get up to 5 devices for their classroom (school-property).

11 days, 12 hours, 13 minutes to end

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