Rules & Guidelines

Review the Rules and Guidelines carefully. They have changed from last year.

 

  • All missions are open to students in grades 3-12 who are:
    • citizens and legal residents of the United States of America (USA), including USA Territories;
    • citizens and legal residents of Canada (EXCLUDING Quebec);
    •  citizens and legal residents of the United Kingdom; and
    • citizens and legal residents of the Netherlands.
  • Only registered student(s) who have received parent/guardian permission may participate. If working in a group, ALL team members must register and receive parent/guardian permission. There are no exceptions.
  • One group submission is allowed per digital entry (group submissions count as a single entry).
  • Individuals may participate simultaneously in both a group and an individual submission as long as the submissions are distinct and separate.
 *NASA Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) employees and contractors, contest judges, NASA Goddard’s innovators involved in the selected spinoff stories, and immediate family members of any of these individuals are prohibited from participation in the development of contest submissions.

 

 

  • The entry must clearly demonstrate the requirements within the provided Design Packet.
  • Videos within each entry may be no longer than 3 minutes in length.
  • Entries must be submitted to the grade level category of the oldest member of the team.
  • Students may customize and change the design of the entry template.
  • Submissions must be the original creation of the student(s).
  • Third-party media may be utilized in submissions to a limited extent. Inclusion of such media should be solely supplemental in nature to the overall submission content. In the event third-party media is utilized, permission to utilize any copyrighted or trademarked material must be obtained prior to submitting to NASA. Failure to comply with this guideline may result in disqualification of the submission.
  • There are no budgetary constraints imposed on video submissions. However, the stated members of the group must perform all work associated with the video submission.
  • Do not include identifiable information within the entry (i.e. no actual names, no school names, location). If you are using a device that has geo-location services, please turn those services off before creating your videos and photos.
  • Submissions must be appropriate for general audiences as defined by the Motion Picture Association. Submissions containing nudity, crude or profane language, or inappropriate gestures or pictures will be disqualified. NASA reserves the right to disqualify any entry determined to be inappropriate.
  • All users must be registered and receive parental consent on opsparc.gsfc.nasa.gov prior to submitting entries.
  • Groups must identify a single group leader who will submit the entry on the group’s behalf. However, all participant usernames must be listed on the final entry submission form. Providing the username of the coach is optional.
  • Entries must be submitted on the NASA OPSPARC website. All required fields must be filled out by the submission date deadline.