Build It Better Contest

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Is there something you use at school — in the classroom, on the field, in your science lab, on the playground or anywhere on school grounds — that isn't designed as well as it could be?

Maybe your pencil sharpener is missing the point. Or that Bunsen burner has flamed out one too many times. Perhaps those monkey bars are driving you bananas. Or maybe the long lunch lines in your cafeteria are ruining your appetite. Pick any aspect of your school life (big or small) and describe how it could be redesigned for a better school experience.

You’re the head engineer on this project, and the only limit is your imagination.

 

Entry Details

Each entry must be designed and executed by student(s). Teachers may submit an entry on behalf of student(s) or their class from February 16 through April 16. First, second and third-place winners will receive $2,000, $1,000 and $500 classroom grants for their schools, respectively.  Finalists will be selected based on creativity, effectiveness, application of math and/or science skills and the quality of the submission. Submit your video entry – 2 minutes or less in length – via the MathMovesU Facebook page.

Important Dates

  • February 16, 2014 – Contest opens.
  • April 16, 2014 – Last day to submit an entry. Submission form closes at 12:00 a.m. ET.
  • May 1, 2014 – Up to ten finalists will be selected and voting via Facebook begins (finalists will be verified for eligibility in advance).
  • May 15, 2014 – Voting closes at 6:00 p.m. ET. Winners to be notified.

Last Year's Winners

Need some extra inspiration? Check out these videos from last year’s contest winners.

1st Place: Jonathon's creative idea for fixing long lunch lines earned him first place and $2,000 grant for his school.

2nd Place: These three high schoolers’ idea for a "one-swipe whiteboard" earned them 2nd place in the contest, and a $1,000 grant for their school!

3rd Place: Liam’s idea for a bike rack that would keep bikes safe from vandalism & precipitation earned him 3rd place in the contest and a $500 grant for his school!

Ready to Go?

Got a great idea and an awesome video? Submit your entry!

Official Rules

Prizes

First, second and third-place winners will receive a $2,000, $1,000 and $500 classroom grant for their K-12 schools, respectively.

Submissions

Submissions are to be uploaded into the contest platform on the MathMovesU Facebook page. Entrants will be notified that their submission requires surrendering all rights to the content, and agreeing that the content may be used perpetually and publicly in any manner Sponsor wishes, including use of the content in print or electronic publications, on websites and on social media channels, in any audio or broadcast media, and will further verify that all the content provided was developed solely by the applicant(s) and does not include content created by or copied from another person, entity or website. InkHouse and Raytheon have the right to refrain from posting any content it deems unlicensed or inappropriate for any reason.

Judging

Entrees will be prescreened by InkHouse and up to ten finalists will be chosen by InkHouse and Raytheon based on the following:

  • Creativity of the solution
  • Perceived effectiveness
  • Application of math and/or science concepts
  • Quality of the submission – Is it both informative and entertaining?

Finalists must certify that they are affiliated with a K-12 academic institution by producing the following items within five business days from being notified that have been selected as a finalist:

  • Proper ID. Only parents/guardians/teachers who are 18 and older are permitted to submit an entry.
  • Note from a school administrator on official school letterhead certifying that the teacher or student is a member of the school’s staff or enrolled in the school.
  • Certify that the idea was generated by a student(s).

Official Rules

  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN.
  • Eligibility. Subject to the additional restrictions below, the Build it Better Contest (the Contest) is open to U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico) who are:
    • Only parents/guardians/teachers who are 18 and older are permitted to submit an entry. Student(s) must be enrolled in or affiliated with a K-12 academic institution.
    • A certified teacher affiliated with a K-12 academic institution, by being an employee or paid contractor of that institution on behalf of a student or classroom of students currently enrolled in a K-12 academic institution.
    • Each project must be designed and executed by a student enrolled in a K-12 institution.
  • By entering, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules.
  • Prizes and Odds. First, second and third-place winners will receive a $2,000, $1,000 and $500 classroom grant payable to their affiliated academic institution, respectively. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility/liability and publicity release (except where prohibited by law) which must be returned as instructed by Raytheon (“Sponsor”). Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner's disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner's consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation on the Internet, and without further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.
  • Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Contest as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Contest is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest. Should the Contest be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the entries received before the termination date. Sponsors will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, postage-due, misdirected or illegible entries, or for failure to receive entries or votes or other electronic communications due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor. In the event of a dispute, all online entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent.
  • For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account. Any questions regarding the number of entries or votes submitted by the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries, or votes by persons determined to be tampering with or abusing any aspect of the Contest.
  • By participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees to fully release, forever discharge and hold harmless Sponsor and Facebook from and against all claims, costs, liabilities, losses, injuries, and damages arising out of the Contest, including, but not limited to, any claims for infringement of intellectual property, rights of publicity, personal injury, death or damage to or loss of property or any other harm arising out of entrant's participation in the Contest, the receipt, use, or misuse of any prize, or any travel or activity that is related to the Contest or any prize. This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. The authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry will be considered the entrant. An "authorized account holder" shall mean the natural person assigned to such e-mail account by the Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with such e-mail account. A potential winner may be requested to provide proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with a winning entry. Sponsor will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, postage-due, misdirected or illegible entries. All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned.
  • Voting. Votes will be submitted through the contest platform. Facebook “likes” not submitted through the competition platform will not be taken into consideration. The contest will utilize the competition’s platform’s “Assured Voting” platform. Assured Voting requires users to authenticate voter fraud, false Facebook profiles can still be used to game the system. Sponsor may disqualify entries where foul play is suspected. MathMovesU Facebook fans will be able to vote once per day.
  • Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.
  • Sponsor. The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of the Contest shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Contest.

Restrictions

  • Each project must be designed and executed by a student enrolled in a K-12 institution.
  • Entrants must be:
    • Only parents/guardians/teachers who are 18 and older are permitted to submit an entry. Must be enrolled in or affiliated with a K-12 academic institution.
    • A certified teacher affiliated with a K-12 academic institution, by being an employee or paid contractor of that institution on behalf of a student or classroom of students currently enrolled in a K-12 academic institution.
  • Finalists must certify that they are affiliated with a K-12 academic institution by producing the following items within five business days from being notified:
    • Proper ID.
    • Note from school administrator on official school letter head certifying that the teacher/student is a member of the school’s staff or enrolled in the school…
    • Certify that the idea was generated by a student(s).
  • The prize must be donated to the winner’s classroom for classroom materials, and not used for personal expenses.

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