Notice: Due to the unknown future effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis and any related impacts, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to modify the timing and/or format of the Contest and Final Event, including but not limited to postponing the Final Event or holding the Final Event in a virtual format. If such changes are made, the new timing and/or format will be noted in these Official Rules and at www.youngscientistlab.com
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BEFORE YOU MAY ENTER, YOUR PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST SUBMIT BOTH A CONSENT FORM AND A REGISTRATION FORM AS DESCRIBED BELOW.
1. ELIGIBILITY: The 3M “Young Scientist Challenge 2021” (“Contest”) is open to legal U.S. residents who are at least ten (10) years of age as of April 27, 2021 and who are students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at a public, charter, private, parochial, or home school located in one of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. Former Young Scientist Challenge finalists are not eligible to enter the Contest. In order to be considered eligible, students must be currently enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at the time of entry and comply with these Official Rules and the safety guidelines set forth below (“Safety Guidelines”). Employees, officers and directors of Discovery Education, Inc. (the “Sponsor”) and 3M Company (“Promotional Partner”), their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, promotional suppliers, and their immediate family members (spouse, siblings, and children, regardless of where they live) and members of the same households (whether related or not) (collectively, “Contest Entities”) are not eligible. Sponsor’s determinations of eligibility are final and may be made at any time. Void in Puerto Rico and where prohibited.
2. CONDENSED CONTEST TIMING:
- Entry Submission Period: The Entry Submission Period commences at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on December 15, 2020 and expires at 8:00 PM ET on April 27, 2021 (the “Entry Submission Period”).
- Judging: On or before June 20, 2021, all eligible entries will be judged by the Sponsor’s designated judges in accordance with the judging criteria set forth in Section 8 below, to determine ten (10) finalists and other prize winners.
- Finalist Announcement: The finalists will be announced by July 31, 2021.
- Public Voting Period: Beginning on or about 5:00 PM ET on October 4, 2021 and through 5:00 PM ET on October 15, 2021 (the “Public Voting Period”), the general public worldwide will have the opportunity to vote to determine which finalist will receive the Improving Lives Award, as further detailed in Section 8 below.
- Winner Announcement: the winners will be announced in October 2021 (or later, if necessitated by the effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis and related impacts, in Sponsor’s sole opinion).
3. BRIEF CONTEST DESCRIPTION: Eligible students shall have the opportunity to create a video in accordance with the Challenge outlined in Section 5 below. For a student to officially enter the Contest, the student must be registered as described herein and his/her entry completed, submitted and received between 5:00 PM ET on December 15, 2020 and 8:00 PM ET on April 27, 2021. Limit one entry per student. The ten (10) students with the highest overall scores from judging will be deemed finalists and will compete for the Grand Prize and the Improving Lives Award (described below). The remaining students will be considered for a State Merit award or an Honorable Mention award. Up to 51 State Merit winners (one per state and the District of Columbia) will be named based on highest score among the remaining entries received per state which meet a minimum score determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. State Merit winners will each receive a Technology Prize Pack as described below. Up to four (4) Honorable Mention winners (one per grade level) will be named based on the highest combined “Creativity” and “Overall presentation” score among the remaining entries received per grade, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Honorable Mention winners will each receive a Young Scientist Challenge swag bag and certificate, as described below.
4. TO REGISTER AND ENTER: Starting at 5:00 PM ET on December 15, 2020, an eligible student’s parent/legal guardian must visit the online registration form at www.youngscientistlab.com and follow the on-screen directions to download the Direct Notice to Parents and Parental Consent Form (“Consent Form”), print/read/complete/sign/upload the Consent Form, provide any additional requested information and acknowledgements, and click the “CREATE NEW ACCOUNT” button, no later than 8:00 PM ET on April 27, 2021 parent/legal guardian will choose a username for the student’s use in accessing the Contest entry form.
Once the parent/legal guardian completes this process, they will receive an email with a link to create a password for the student. Once the parent/legal guardian has created the password, they will provide the username and password to the student, and the student may then use the username and password in order to complete his/her entry as described below in Section 6. The entry must be completed, submitted and received no later than 8:00 PM ET on April 27, 2021. If the Consent Form and online registration form described above and the Entry Video described below are not all submitted by the applicable deadlines, the student will not be permitted to enter the Contest.
5. THE CHALLENGE: Students should review the six entry topics presented at the Website, then identify a solution to an everyday problem that aligns with one of the six entry topics and that directly impacts them, their families, their communities, and/or the global population. The idea must be a new innovation or solution based on the student’s own original idea, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product. The student must create a one- to two- minute video that:
- aligns with one of the six entry topics presented at the Website;
- explains the problem and how it impacts them, their families, their communities and/or the global population;
- describes a new innovation or solution that could impact or solve the problem;
- explains the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics behind their innovation; and
- illustrates how their innovation could both address the everyday problem they've identified and have a broader impact locally or globally.
Participants can find additional inspiration online at www.youngscientistlab.com
What the judges will be looking for:
- Description of the problem and how it affects the student, family, community or global population.
- Details about the science behind the new innovation or solution.
- Clear explanations and a demonstration of how well the problem and solution are understood by the student (remember the idea must be a new innovation or solution, and cannot simply be a behavioral change or a new use for an existing product).
- An explanation of how the innovation could have broader reach or impact beyond the student, family, or community.
- An explanation of how the student came up with their original idea.
- Proper citation for any non-original materials used in the student’s entry.
All forms of scientific fraud and misconduct are prohibited in all aspects of the Contest, including but not limited to plagiarism, data fabrication, and/or use/presentation of other researchers’ work as one’s own. Additionally, cited works should not make up any significant portion of the student's project or Entry Video. References and citations may be spoken verbally during the Entry Video, or shown as text within the Entry Video (where text must appear in large enough type and for a sufficient duration that it may be read by an average reader). All determinations of scientific fraud and misconduct will be made by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and such determinations may be made at any time. If such a determination of scientific fraud or misconduct is made after any recognition or prizes have been awarded to a particular student, Sponsor reserves the right to revoke any such recognition and demand the return of any such prizes (or the value of such prizes) from the affected student and his/her parent(s) and legal guardian(s).
6. VIDEO SUBMISSION: To enter, a student must submit one, and only one, entry video in accordance with the Challenge detailed above in Section 5 (the "Entry Video").
The Entry Video must be longer than 60 seconds, but not longer than 120 seconds. The Entry Video must be the original work of the student. Only the student can appear in the Entry Video, no other individuals should be filmed. Students must work independently on the development of their video concept and must record their video with minimal help or direction from others. Entries which include non-student work will be disqualified.
To prepare to submit the Entry Video, the student’s parent or guardian must first create a registered user account at www.youtube.com and agree to all applicable terms at that site. There is no fee or charge to become a registered user of YouTube. YouTube is not a sponsor of this Contest. Entry Video file size limitation and file format must adhere to YouTube specifications. Further, entries which do not comply with the YouTube Community Guidelines will be disqualified. Videos may not be submitted in any other format or through any other digital channel.
Next, the student’s parent or guardian must access their YouTube account, upload the student’s Entry Video, title the video “3M Young Scientist Challenge Video Submission – [Your title]”, set the video’s privacy settings to “Unlisted”, and note the unique URL that YouTube has given the video, and provide the URL to the student. The student’s parent or guardian may disable the comments section of the video if they so choose.
Then during the Contest Period, the student must visit www.youngscientistlab.com and login by using his/her username and password to access the entry page. At the entry page the student will be prompted to provide the unique YouTube URL for his/her Entry Video, provide any additional requested entry information, and, if desired, upload a photograph and brief biographical information. Any photographs should be uploaded in print-quality resolution (if possible), in *.tiff, *.gif, or *.jpg format.
Once the entry form is completed, the student must click the “Save and Submit” button at the bottom of the form so that the entry is received by Sponsor’s server no later than 8:00 PM ET on April 27, 2021. If a student wishes to save his/her work prior to submitting the entry, he/she may click the “Save for Later” button at the bottom of the entry form, then return prior to 8:00 PM ET on April 27, 2021 to update the entry information and/or Entry Video URL and click the “Save and Submit” button at the bottom of the entry form. Once an entry form has been submitted, no further edits are permitted (unless edits are specifically requested by Sponsor or its designee as further detailed in Section 10 below). If an entry form has not been submitted by 8:00 PM ET on April 27, 2021, the entry will not be included in the Contest judging.
In order for an Entry Video to be considered for judging, the student’s parent or legal guardian must maintain their YouTube account in good standing and must continue to host the video through August 31, 2021 at the same URL disclosed in the Contest entry, with the video’s privacy settings set to “Unlisted” (unless asked by Sponsor to remove the video from YouTube prior to this date).
7. ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Do not include any branded products, trademarks or logos in the Entry Video, other than trademarks or logos owned by Sponsor or Promotional Partner. Entries which contain a trademark or logo or promote any brand or product other than those belonging to Sponsor or Promotional Partner may be disqualified at the Sponsor’s sole discretion; however, the Sponsor may choose not to disqualify an Entry Video which includes a trademark or logo if the Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that the inclusion of such trademark or logo is incidental. Student may be asked to sign an affidavit stating that he/she was not paid a fee, either monetary or in-kind, to promote an included trademark, logo or branded product. Entry Videos must not defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor or its products, Promotional Partner or its products, or other people, products or companies. Entry Videos must not invade the privacy or publicity rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon a person's personal or proprietary rights.
By entering this Contest, student and student’s parent or guardian represent and warrant that the Entry Video is an unpublished (apart from posting on YouTube), original work that has not won any previous awards or recognitions (outside of a school, school district or school-sponsored science fair where direct awards are not made available by corporate sponsors). The concept, ideas, and language used in the Entry Video must be wholly original to the student. Entry Videos may not contain any music or sound effect unless either: [a] the music/sound effect was created by the student or by someone who has given the student written permission to use his/her music/sound effect; [b] the music composition is in the public domain and was performed by the student or by someone who has given the student written permission to use his/her performance; or [c] the music/sound effect was acquired/licensed by the student from a royalty-free source which does not require credits or other attribution to appear in connection with the Entry Video. Students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) must be certain that any music or sound effect conforms to all applicable requirements. Sponsor's determination as to whether any Entry Video potentially violates the rights of any third party is final.
Submissions that are deemed by the Sponsor or judges in their sole discretion to be illegal, immoral, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Sponsor's values or reputation will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time which, in the Sponsor’s reasonable opinion, endangers the safety or well-being of any person or in the event it is determined that the student and/or his/her parent/legal guardian have not complied with these Official Rules, including without limitation the Safety Guidelines. In addition to the Sponsor’s right to do so at its discretion, the judges will also be instructed to disqualify any entry that describes dangerous conduct, stunts or tricks, conduct that could lead to physical injury, property damage or otherwise violates or is inconsistent with these Official Rules. Other than for finalist or state merit winner notification, neither Sponsor, nor anyone acting on its behalf, will enter into any unsolicited communication with any student regarding this Contest, nor will any entries be acknowledged or returned.
Participation in the Contest constitutes the student’s and his/her parent’s or guardian’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and Judges, including but not limited to Sponsor’s interpretations of these Official Rules. By entering the Contest, the student and his/her parent or guardian warrant that the student’s Entry Video does not contain confidential material, and that neither the student nor the parent or guardian is aware of any conflicting rights in the submission or claims to the submission, including but not limited to copyright, trade secret or other intellectual property right.
Further, by participating, each student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s): (a) agrees to waive any claim for reimbursement for any equipment or materials necessary to submit an Entry Video regardless of whether or not any particular Entry Video is selected for any prize; (b) acknowledges that the material that will be submitted as part of the Contest may embody materials, suggestions, or ideas similar to those which have been developed by others or by the Contest Entities and hereby acknowledges that any similarity is purely coincidental and unavoidable in light of the volume of ideas that the Contest Entities routinely use and consider in the course of each of their business activities, and understands that he/she will not be entitled to any compensation because of use by the Contest Entities of any materials similar to those in a student’s Entry Video; (c) hereby waives any right to any claim or liability with respect to the Contest Entities’ use of similar materials; (d) acknowledges that the Sponsor is in no way obligated to broadcast, publish or use any Entry Video in any way; and (e) understands that submitting any element that is copyrighted by, or a trade secret of, another individual will result in the applicable student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) being responsible for any legal action the legal copyright or trade secret holder might take against the Releasees (as defined below in Section 11).
8. WINNER DETERMINATION:
Round 1: All entries will first be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. A panel of qualified judges from Sponsor, Promotional Partner and its partner organizations, educators and science professionals will then score qualifying Entry Videos. Entry Videos will be scored using the following judging criteria:
- (i) Creativity (ingenuity and innovative thinking) (30%);
- (ii) Scientific knowledge (30%);
- (iii) Persuasiveness and effective communication (20%); and
- (iv) Overall presentation (20%).
The judges will rank all eligible Entry Videos received. The students with the 10 highest scoring Entry Videos will be deemed finalists and will have the opportunity to participate in the summer mentorship program (see below) and proceed to the Public Voting Period and a second round of judging (see below) during the Final Event (as defined below), all pending verification of eligibility and continued compliance with these Official Rules and Sponsor’s instructions. The 10 finalists will be notified by phone and/or email in June 2021. The rest of the ranked entries will be sorted by state, and up to 51 State Merit winners (includes the District of Columbia) will be selected (1 per state) based on highest score among the remaining entries received per state, if they meet a minimum score determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Once the State Merit winners have been determined, up to four (4) Honorable Mention winners (one per grade level) will be named based on the highest combined “Creativity” and “Overall presentation” score among the remaining entries received per grade, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The State Merit and Honorable Mention winners will be notified by phone and/or email in June 2021. See additional winner notification details in Section 10 below. In the event of any ties, the “Overall presentation” score will be used as a first tiebreaker. In the event any tie remains after applying this first tiebreaker, the “Creativity” score will be used as a secondary tiebreaker.
Summer Mentorship. Each finalist will be assigned to a 3M scientist selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion, who will act as the finalist’s mentor for purposes of the Summer Mentorship Program. Finalists will receive a summer assignment to develop an invention or innovation (an “Innovation”), to be completed under the mentorship of their designated mentor. This project may or may not be related to the topic of the student’s Entry Video, but will involve a real-life innovation. The designated mentor will suggest some 3M tools or technologies that could benefit the finalist’s innovation. Finalists must use at least one 3M technology (suggested by the mentor or otherwise) in their final presentation, and communicate its relevance in their final presentation. Finalist and designated mentor will connect virtually and work through pre-assigned objectives with the resources and support of Sponsor. During the Summer Mentorship, each finalist will also create: [a] an electronic presentation about their Innovation; [b] a prototype of their Innovation (which may consist of both physical and digital elements, but must include one physical component); and [c] a finalist video as directed by Sponsor, which will be used in the Public Voting Period as described below. All program details and deadlines will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
Public Voting Period: In the Public Voting Period, members of the public worldwide (the “Voters”) are invited to visit the Website to vote on the finalists’ videos as posted at the public voting section of the Website. Voters will be asked to select the best finalist video in accordance with the voting instructions posted at the Website. The finalist whose video receives the highest number of eligible votes (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) will be declared the Contest’s (potential) Improving Lives Award Winner. In the event of a tie in the Public Voting Period, the Sponsor will break the tie using the judging criteria provided to the finalists prior to the Final Event, in its sole discretion. Limit one vote per IP address per day (ET) of the Public Voting Period. Only votes submitted via the Website in accordance with these Official Rules during the Public Voting Period will be considered. All determinations regarding the eligibility of votes will be made by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and such determinations may be made at any time. Votes generated by script, macro or other automated means or any other means intended to impact the integrity of the voting process as determined by Sponsor may be void. Votes obtained by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, payment for votes or offering to trade votes, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may result in those votes being void and the associated finalist being disqualified. Sponsor will provide guidelines and recommendations for encouraging public voting to finalists prior to the start of the Public Voting Period.
Round 2: The 10 finalists will participate in and attend the 3M Young Scientist Challenge culminating event (the “Final Event”). The Final Event will occur in October 2021 at 3M Headquarters located in St. Paul, Minnesota (unless changes to the Final Event timing and/or format are deemed necessary by Sponsor in its sole discretion due to the effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis, in which case the new timing and/or format will be noted in these Official Rules and at www.youngscientistlab.com). Sponsor and Promotional Partner will determine the exact Final Event date(s) in their sole discretion. At the Final Event, the 10 finalists will have the opportunity to participate in a series of scored challenges to demonstrate their scientific knowledge, and to present the Innovation presentation and prototype that they developed during their Summer Mentorship Program.
At the Final Event, the finalists will be judged by a panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor, Promotional Partner and their partner organizations, according to judging and scoring criteria to be provided to the finalists prior to the Final Event. The judging criteria will also designate a tiebreaking criterion, to be used in the event of any ties. The finalist who scores the highest according to these judging criteria will be deemed the Grand Prize Winner. Once the Grand Prize Winner has been determined, the two next-highest scoring finalists will each be deemed a First Prize Winner. Once the First Prize Winners have been determined, the remaining seven finalists will each be deemed a Second Prize Winner. Sponsor reserves right to award additional prizes or titles at the Final Event, in its sole discretion.
The decisions of Sponsor and Judges are final and binding in all matters.
- Up to 4 Honorable Mention Prizes (one per grade level): Each Honorable Mention prize winner will receive a Young Scientist Challenge swag bag with items selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and a Young Scientist Challenge Honorable Mention certificate. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Honorable Mention prize is $75.
- Up to 51 State Merit Prizes: Each State Merit award winner will receive a Technology Prize Pack, which includes a tablet and other prizes selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion. ARV of each State Merit prize is $299.
10 Finalist Prizes: All 10 finalists shall be awarded the following:
- Participation in the Summer Mentorship Program as described in Section 8 above.
- A digital device to document their summer mentorship program, ARV $299.
- Support to create a blog for posting their innovation diary which will include notes, videos, images—any and all documentation in support of their bid for the Final Event. There is no retail value ascribed to this educational opportunity.
- A trip to the Final Event to compete for the Grand Prize (as defined below). Trip includes: hotel accommodations for 2 or 3 nights as determined by Sponsor for the finalist and one parent or legal guardian (one standard room of double occupancy) at a hotel selected by Sponsor; roundtrip coach airfare for the finalist and one parent or legal guardian from a major airport nearest the finalist’s home (airport and airlines selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion); ground transportation to and from the destination airport and to and from the Final Event; select activities; and select meals. Meals shall consist of 1 breakfast, 1 lunch and 2 dinners each for the finalist and one parent/guardian. Travel dates and destination will be determined by Sponsor and are subject to change as deemed necessary by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Gratuities and incidental expenses not included. The parent/legal guardian of the finalist is responsible for any necessary travel authorizations and for any travel insurance. Actual value will vary depending upon point of departure, location of Final Event, and other contingencies. Any differences between actual costs and ARV will not be awarded. Finalist and parent / legal guardian must travel together on the same itinerary. If finalist resides within a 100-mile radius of Final Event city, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to provide ground transportation in lieu of air transportation and no compensation or substitution will be provided for difference in prize value. All other expenses not specified herein are the finalist’s sole responsibility. Air carriers, hotels and other transportation will be selected by Sponsor. Travel, accommodations and activities are subject to availability and certain restrictions. Trip must be taken at time determined by Sponsor or the prize will be forfeited in its entirety. ARV of each Trip is $2,050.00; actual value will be determined by winner's residence and seasonal rates. Note that Sponsor reserves the right to change the Final Event timing and/or format if deemed necessary in Sponsor’s sole discretion due to the effects of the COVID-19 global health crisis (including but not limited to holding the Final Event in a virtual format), in which case the new timing and/or format will be noted in these Official Rules and at www.youngscientistlab.com.
- $1,000.00 cash, awarded as a check made payable to the finalist;
- A Contest medal selected by Sponsor;
- The opportunity, at Sponsor’s option and sole discretion, to participate in future Contest-related promotional events.
- One Improving Lives Award: The finalist whose entry receives the highest number of eligible votes during the Public Voting will receive a 2 day/1 night one-of-a-kind Discovery Education destination trip for the winner and one (1) adult chaperone, ARV $2,400. Actual trip destination and all related details and restrictions will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and disclosed at the time of award notification. For the avoidance of doubt, the possibility exists that the Grand Prize winner or one of the First Prize Winners may also be deemed the Improving Lives Award winner. Should this occur, the applicable winner will receive $2,400 cash awarded as a check made payable to the winner in lieu of the Improving Lives Award as described in these Official Rules. This cash alternative prize is not available under any other circumstances.
Each Finalist will also receive one of the following prizes, based on the outcome of the Final Event:
Seven Second Place Prizes: Each Second Prize Winner will receive the following:
- $500 to be applied toward an “Excitations” excursion, subject to terms at https://www.excitations.com/
Two First Prizes: Each First Prize Winner will receive the following:
- a 2 day/1 night one-of-a-kind Discovery Education destination trip for the winner and one (1) adult chaperone, ARV $2,400. Actual trip destination and all related details and restrictions will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and disclosed at the time of award notification.
One Grand Prize: The Grand Prize winner will receive the following:
- A grand total of $25,000.00 cash (i.e., the $1,000 described above in the Finalist Prize, plus an additional $24,000), awarded as a check made payable to the winner;
- a 2 day/1 night one-of-a-kind Discovery Education destination trip for the winner and one (1) adult chaperone, ARV $2,400. Actual trip destination and all related details and restrictions will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and disclosed at the time of award notification.
- A Contest trophy selected by Sponsor, and
- The title of “America's Top Young Scientist 2021”.
- Seven Second Place Prizes: Each Second Prize Winner will receive the following:
Grand Prize winner must be available to fulfill all duties and obligations within the year after he/she is named as such. Prize winners must be available to fulfill these commitments as a condition of entry. Duties and obligations include:
- Traveling to and attending a press trip to New York, Los Angeles or other top media market for two-to-three days with parent/legal guardian within one week (or less) of the Final Event. Trip may be arranged as early as the day after the Grand Prize winner announcement. Sponsor or Promotional Partner will provide flights and hotel for this trip;
- Conducting in-person and phone interviews with media on behalf of 3M Young Scientist Challenge;
- Updating/creating social media accounts (e.g. Twitter) to note in bio that he or she has been named “America’s Top Young Scientist 2021.” (Creating/updating of social media accounts is at the discretion of parents/guardians and subject to minimum user age of social platforms); and
- Alerting Sponsor of any/all media opportunities, grants, awards, speaking engagements, etc., offered within the year after he/she is named as Grand Prize winner.
Sponsor reserves the right to add additional prizes at any time. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, if at any time during the Entry Submission Period, the Judging or the Public Voting Period or at any time thereafter, the Sponsor determines that not enough or no eligible entries exist from which to determine finalists or any one or more of the prize winners, then the Sponsor may in its sole and exclusive discretion determine that not enough or no eligible contestants exist, and then may either suspend or terminate the Contest or modify it (or any parts thereof) in any equitable manner that the Sponsor deems appropriate in its sole and exclusive discretion, including, without limitation, by not awarding any one or more of the prizes set forth in these rules.
10. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ADDITIONAL PRIZE DETAILS: The potential finalists and potential State Merit Winners and potential Honorable Mention Winners (along with their parent(s)/legal guardian(s)) will be notified by email or by telephone (as provided on the Contest entry form) in June 2021. The Grand Prize, First Prize, Improving Lives Award, and Second Prize winners will be notified during the Final Event. All potential winners will be sent a claim form, which each potential winner (along with his/her parent or legal guardian) will be required to sign and return to Sponsor. Each finalist and his/her parent or legal guardian, upon being selected, must submit a completed and signed Appearance Consent and Release Form to Sponsor for the final competition and any on-air program about the Contest. In addition, each finalist will be sent an affidavit/documentation of eligibility and liability release, an IRS W-9 form, and a (where legal) publicity release. Further, each finalist may be required to complete and submit a revised version of their Entry Video which addresses all of the Sponsor’s concerns as presented at the time of notification as a potential finalist. Each potential winner (and his/her parent or legal guardian) will be required to complete and return any required documents within 5 days of issuance of these documents to claim the prize. Failure to timely complete and return the properly signed affidavit and releases or other prize documentation and requested materials, or if a potential winner chooses to decline a prize for any reason, or fails to comply with any requirement of these Official Rules, may result in the prize being forfeited. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable, or inability of Sponsor to contact potential winner(s), may result in disqualification. In the event of disqualification, at Sponsor’s sole discretion the applicable prize/status may be awarded to an alternate winner selected from among the remaining applicable eligible entries via the means of winner determination described herein, pending verification of eligibility. No responsibility is assumed by Sponsor for any incorrect or missing postal address, email address or phone number associated with an entry, or any change of address, email or phone number of a participant after entry submission. The parent(s)/legal guardian(s) of each finalist hereby agree that their child, as a finalist, will participate in all advertising, publicity (including live and taped television appearances), press, and promotional events scheduled by Sponsor in connection with the Contest. Failure to participate in said events may result in disqualification and forfeiture of prizes. While not obligated to do so, the Sponsor may in its sole discretion bear such reasonable costs and expenses for a finalist to appear for such appearances and events. Note that finalists are prohibited from submitting or allowing their Contest project to be submitted into any other contest or competition, from the time they are notified as a potential finalist until the Final Event has concluded, even if the winners of the other contest or competition will be decided after the Final Event (and even after the Final Event, note that any submission of materials to another contest or competition must not conflict with the rights the student has granted to Sponsor and Promotional Partner).
11. RESTRICTIONS, RIGHTS AND RELEASE: All taxes on prizes and all expenses related to acceptance and use of the prizes not specified are the sole responsibility of the applicable prize recipients (and/or their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) if prize recipient is a minor). Any travel-related prize must be used on the dates specified by Sponsor, or such prize will be forfeited in its entirety. By participating, students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) (collectively, “Participants”) agree: [a] to these rules and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final in all respects relating to the Contest; and [b] to release, discharge and hold harmless Contest Entities, Discovery, Inc., and YouTube, together with the respective parents, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents, shareholders, successors and assigns of each (aforementioned individuals and organizations collectively, the “Releasees”), from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind resulting from their participating in the Contest (including, but not limited to, traveling to, preparing for or participating in any Contest-related activity) or their acceptance, use or misuse of a prize (or any part of a prize) including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, copyright, trademark, defamation or invasion of privacy. Further, by participating, Participants hereby agree to indemnify and hold the Releasees harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Releasees due to or arising out of such Participant’s entry, or such Participant’s conduct in creating an entry or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to: claims for trademark infringement; copyright infringement; violation of an individual’s right of publicity or right of privacy; or defamation. Based on releases/affidavits and the details of the Consent Form provided, students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) agree to grant Sponsor and Promotional Partner: [a] the irrevocable and perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide right, in all media (now known or later developed) to assign, use, publish, edit, adapt, modify, alter, reproduce, distribute, broadcast, display, create derivative works or otherwise exploit all submitted materials (including but not limited to the Entry Videos, blogs/journals, and Innovations/presentations), for commercial or non-commercial use; and [b] permission to use his or her name, photograph, likeness, Entry Video, Innovation, biographical information, voice, voice likeness, and city and state address for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in all media, including but not limited to within Sponsor's and Promotional Partner’s websites in perpetuity, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and agree to execute specific consent to such use upon request if required in addition to the terms of this document. 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GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES: The guidelines are for your general knowledge and are not a substitute for professional advice or common sense. Be sure to thoroughly research your scientific concept prior to performing your project.
- Research the scientific concept thoroughly to understand any dangers involved in your demonstrations.
- You cannot use (i) human blood/body fluids, (ii) animals, (iii) live ammunition, firearms, or explosives, (iv) poisonous plants, or (v) radioactive material.
- Parts of the body are not to be placed in danger. Do not directly view the sun, infrared, or ultraviolet sources.
- Do not taste any non-food substance or food substance that has been subjected to possible contamination.
- Dress safely for your presentation (e.g., gloves, eye protection, an apron, ear protection, safety shield, etc.).
- Keep quantities of hazardous materials to a minimum, and always have waste containers for the disposal of such materials.
- Comply with all local fire and safety rules and regulations; Use caution when heating all forms of matter; always have a fire extinguisher available.
- Thoroughly check all motors to make sure all parts are sturdy and that safety nuts are securely fastened.
- Always check to see if certain elements of your demonstration require you to obtain state and/or local permits. Always obtain the necessary permits prior to conducting your demonstration.
- Always practice your demonstration before filming.
- We strongly recommend that you review the safety guidelines established by the National Science Teachers Associations at: http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/ScienceActivitySafetyChecklist.pdf.