Discovery Education's 3M "Young Scientist Challenge 2018" Official Rules

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1. ELIGIBILITY: The Discovery Education 3M “Young Scientist Challenge 2018” (“Contest”) is open to all legal U.S. residents who are students enrolled in 5th through 8th grade at a public, 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. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest period commences at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (“ET”) on December 12, 2017 and expires at 8:00 PM ET on April 19, 2018 (the "Contest Period").

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 below and his/her entry completed, submitted and received between 5:00 PM ET on December 12, 2017 and 8:00 PM ET on April 19, 2018. Limit one entry per student. The ten (10) students with the highest overall scores will be deemed finalists and will compete for the Grand Prize (described below). The remaining students will be considered for a state merit award. Up to 51 State Merit winners 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.

4. TO REGISTER AND ENTER: Starting at 5:00 PM ET on December 12, 2017, an eligible student’s parent/legal guardian must visit and follow the on-screen directions to complete the online Parental Consent Form ("Consent Form") and submit it so it is received, in accordance with the directions found in the form. The parent/guardian will also be prompted to set up a username and password for the student during completion of the Consent Form. Once a parent/guardian submits the Consent Form, a registration page will appear online as a separate window ("Registration Page"), and the parent/guardian must complete the information requested in the Registration Page prior to 8:00 PM ET on April 19, 2018, which includes without limitation, the student’s full name, home address, home phone, email address, birth date, age, gender, school grade, parent/legal guardian’s name and email address, school information and local media information (such as nearby newspaper and television station information), and an acknowledgement that the student’s entry video must be based on the student’s own original idea. Username confirmation will be sent to both the student and his/her parent/guardian at the emails provided in the Registration Form. Once the parent/guardian completes this process and provides the username and password to the student, the student may use his/her 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 19, 2018. If the parent/legal guardian does not submit the Consent Form and the Registration Form described above and the Entry Video described below by the applicable deadlines stated above, the student will not be permitted to enter the Contest.

5. THE CHALLENGE: Students should identify a solution to an everyday problem 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…

  • 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.

Your innovation can aim to solve any problem that inspires you, across any industry – from manufacturing, energy, safety, healthcare, transportation, electronics to automotive, construction and design to communications, personal safety to professional cleaning; however, students are not limited to these areas of focus. Entrants can find additional inspiration online at

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.

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 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 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 “3MYSC Submission – [Your title]”, set the video’s privacy settings to “Public”, and note the unique URL that YouTube has given the video, and provide the URL to the student.

Then during the Contest Period, the student must visit 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 19, 2018. 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 19, 2018 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 19, 2018, 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 guardian must maintain their YouTube account in good standing and must continue to host the video through July 30, 2018 at the same URL disclosed in the Contest entry, with the video’s privacy settings set to “Public” (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 Discovery or 3M (the “Provided Elements”). Entries which contain a trademark or logo or promote any brand or product other than those belonging to Discovery or 3M 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 entrant was not paid a fee, either monetary or in-kind, to promote an included trademark, logo or branded product. Entry Videos may not defame or 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. 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 you 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 Judges in their sole discretion to be illegal, immoral, obscene, profane or not in keeping with Sponsor's image 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 has 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 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. By entering the Contest, the student and his/her parent or guardian warrants that the student’s Entry Video is an original creation of the student’s; has not been previously published (apart from posting on YouTube in accordance with these Official Rules) or won any award; and that student and the parent or guardian is aware of no conflicting rights in the submission or claims to the submission, including but not limited to copyright or other intellectual property right.

Further, by participating, each student and his/her parent(s) and 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; and (d) understands that submitting any element that is copyrighted by another individual will result in the applicable student and his/her parent(s) and legal guardian(s) being responsible for any legal action the legal copyright holder might take against the Releasees (as defined below in Section 10).


Round 1: All entries will first be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. A panel of qualified judges from Discovery Education, 3M 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 10 highest scoring students will be deemed finalists and will have the opportunity to participate in the summer mentorship program (see below) and proceed to 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 on or about June 18, 2018. 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 which meet a minimum score determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. The state merit winners will be notified by phone and/or email on or about June 22, 2018. 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. 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/Scientist teams will connect virtually and work through pre-assigned objectives with the resources and support of Sponsor. All program details and deadlines will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

At the Final Event (defined below), each finalist will be required to make a presentation in front of a panel of judges. This will include:

  • An electronic presentation about their Innovation
  • A prototype of their Innovation (this may consist of both physical and digital elements but must include one physical component)

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 2018 at the 3M Headquarters located in St. Paul, Minnesota. 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 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 Discovery Education, 3M 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 criteria will be deemed the Grand Prize winner. Once the Grand Prize Winner has been determined, the three next-highest scoring finalists will each be deemed a Runner-Up Winner. Once the Runner-Up Winners have been determined, the remaining six 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 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. The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each State Merit prize is $299.
  • 10 Finalist Prizes: All 10 finalists shall win the following:
    • Participation in the Summer Mentorship Program as described in Section 7 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.
    • o 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 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 / 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.
    • $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.
  • Each Finalist will also receive one of the following prizes, based on the outcome of the Final Event:
    • Six Second Place Prizes: Each Second Prize Winner will receive the following:
      • $500 to be applied toward an “Excitations” excursion, subject to terms at
    • Three Runner-Up Prizes: Each Runner-Up Winner will receive the following:
      • a 2 day/1 night trip for the winner and one (1) adult chaperone to attend a taping of a Discovery Networks show selected by Sponsor, 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:
      • $25,000.00 cash, awarded as a check made payable to the winner;
      • a 2 day/1 night trip for the winner and one (1) adult chaperone to attend a taping of a Discovery Networks show selected by Sponsor, 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. o A Contest trophy selected by Sponsor, and
      • The title of "America's Top Young Scientist 2018".

* For the avoidance of doubt, the Grand Prize winner will also receive a finalist prize, except for the $1,000.00 check; instead he/she will receive a grand total of $25,000.00 in cash, awarded as a check.

  • 10 Finalist Educator Prizes: The person identified in each finalist’s entry as being that finalist’s most influential educator (as it relates to the finalist’s participation in the Contest) will receive a 3M/Discovery Education innovation pack of items selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion, ARV $100.

10. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ADDITIONAL PRIZE DETAILS: The finalists will be notified by email or by telephone (as provided on the Registration Page) on or around June 18, 2018. The Grand Prize winner will be notified at the Final Event. All potential winners will be sent a claim form, which the potential winner (along with his/her parent or legal guardian, if potential winner is a minor) will be required to sign and return to Sponsor. All finalists, upon being selected, must submit a completed and signed Appearance Consent and Release Form for the final competition and any on-air program about the competition, which the finalist and his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign and return to Sponsor. 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, if potential winner is a minor) 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, or if a finalist 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 finalist(s), may result in disqualification. The parent(s)/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 their Contest project into any other competition, from the time they are identified as a finalist until the Final Event has concluded (and even after this time restriction has expired, note that any submission of materials to another 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 prize 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 within one (1) year of notice of availability, or such prize will be forfeited in its entirety. By participating, students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s), together with any Finalist Educator Prize winners (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 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 or their acceptance, use or misuse 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. Further, by participating, each student and his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) agree not to instigate, support, maintain, or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against any of the Releasees, on the grounds that any use of the Entry Videos, blogs/journals, Innovations/presentations, or any derivative works, infringes any of their rights, including, without limitation, copyrights and moral rights. Releasees are not responsible for and shall not be liable for: [a] electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation, server malfunction or by any human error which may occur in the processing of entries; [b] failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions; [c] late, lost, misdirected, corrupted, delayed, stolen or incomplete entries, links, emails or mail; [d] errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; or [e] any condition caused by events that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest or any portion thereof should viruses, bugs or other causes corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest, and to limit entries to those submitted prior to the action taken, or to proceed in such a manner as may be deemed fair and equitable by Sponsor in its sole discretion and to award the prizes from among all eligible entries received prior to such action taking place. No prize transfer or cash redemption. No prize substitution or modification, in whole or in part, except by Sponsor due to prize unavailability, safety or security considerations, or any other reason as solely determined by Sponsor in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded. In the event of any discrepancy between the English language version of these Official Rules and any other translated versions, abbreviated versions, or Contest-related advertising or disclosures, the English language version of these Official Rules shall prevail. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Internet entry must be made at the authorized website address of Entries may not be made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other Internet website or e-mail address, including but not limited to commercial contest and sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites. Any person who enters by any of the methods described above will be disqualified. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time in the event it is determined that the student has not complied with these Official Rules.

12. DISPUTES/GOVERNING LAW: Except where prohibited, Participants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of Maryland; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest and in no event will Participants be permitted to obtain attorneys’ fees or other legal costs; (c) under no circumstances will Participants be permitted to obtain awards for and Participants hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased; and (d) Participants’ remedies are limited to a claim for money damages (if any) and Participants irrevocably waive any right to seek injunctive or equitable relief. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, the rights and obligations of Participants, or the rights and obligations of the Releasees in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Maryland or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland.

13. PRIVACY: : Information submitted in connection with the Contest will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and Sponsor’s Privacy Policy (as may be amended from time to time), located at; provided, that in the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and such Privacy Policy, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall prevail.

14. WINNERS LIST: To receive the winners’ names, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by December 31, 2018, to: Young Scientist Challenge Winner List, One Discovery Place, HC07-05G, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.

Sponsor: Discovery Education, Inc., One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910. ©2017 Discovery Education, Inc. Printed in USA. All rights reserved.

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.

  1. Research the scientific concept thoroughly to understand any dangers involved in your demonstrations.
  2. You cannot use (i) human blood/body fluids, (ii) animals, (iii) live ammunition, firearms, or explosives, (iv) poisonous plants, or (v) radioactive material.
  3. Parts of the body are not to be placed in danger. Do not directly view the sun, infrared, or ultraviolet sources.
  4. Do not taste any non food substance or food substance that has been subjected to possible contamination.
  5. Dress safely for your presentation (e.g., gloves, eye protection, an apron, ear protection, safety shield, etc.).
  6. Keep quantities of hazardous materials to a minimum, and always have waste containers for the disposal of such materials.
  7. Comply with all local fire and safety rules and regulations; Use caution when heating all forms of matter; always have a fire extinguisher available.
  8. Thoroughly check all motors to make sure all parts are sturdy and that safety nuts are securely fastened.
  9. 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.
  10. Always practice your demonstration before filming.
  11. We strongly recommend that you review the safety guidelines established by the National Science Teachers Associations at: