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How long should videos be?
All entries should be no longer than 90 seconds.
Where do students go to submit their video?
After the video is made, students need to upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, SchoolTube or another site. Copy the link and paste it into the contest entry form.

Can students submit more than one entry?

What is the deadline to submit a video entry?
All contest entries must be submitted via the contest wufoo form and posted online no later than March 21, 2014 11:59 p.m. EST

Who holds the copyright?
The entrant holds the copyright to the video submitted, but USA Science & Engineering Festival retains the unlimited right to use submitted video for non-profit public information purposes at no cost, in perpetuity. Please see the rules for more information.

Can students work in teams on a video?
Absolutely, class teams are encouraged.

Can students use copyrighted movie clips and audio in their videos?
Generally speaking we encourage students to use only original or “rights cleared” material in their videos. If students use copyrighted movie clips or audio, they may run a copyright infringements risk. If they still feel they need to use copyrighted material in their videos, they should limit it to a very small portion of the video, credit the sources properly, and consider adding a disclaimer text lower third “for educational fair use only”.  For more information check out this website:

How will the videos be judged and how what will they be evaluated on?
The theme “Science in Fiction” is fairly broad, and we are looking for creativity as well as good science research.  We encourage students to spend time researching their subject and cite their sources in the credits. A panel of judges will judge the videos on the following criteria:
1. Originality: Does your video capture the inventiveness behind cutting edge science and/or speculative science? Is it unique?
2. Theme: Did you show us something really cool about a scientific concept or invention, and how it is used in a TV show, movie, or game example(s)?
3. Awesome:  Did your video amaze us, enlighten us, or maybe just blow us away???

When will the finalists be announced?
On or around April 4, 2014 10 finalists will be announced.  The public will then be invited to vote ( “like” on YouTube)  for the People’s Choice award, which is given to the top scoring video.

When are the final winners announced?
During the weekend of April 26-27 2014 , the 4 winners will be announced at the contest awards event at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC..

What is the age limit for this contest?
The contest is open for middle school and high school students in Grades 6-12

Do students have to be a U.S. resident to participate?
No, the contest is open to international students. Please produce the video in English.