Middle School

Rules

THE SIEMENS WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHALLENGE

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES - UPDATED 9/13/2012

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1. TERM: The Siemens “We Can Change the World” Middle School Challenge (the "Contest") begins at 5:00 pm Eastern Time ("ET") on September 13, 2012 and ends at 8:00 pm ET on March 5, 2013 ("Term"). Discovery Communications, LLC (“Sponsor”) reserves the right in its sole discretion to extend the deadline and if it chooses to do so, will notify all registrants of this decision and post notice of such deadline extension at the Contest website.

2. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The objective of the Contest is for teachers, mentors or other adults to work with and supervise teams of two, three, or four eligible students (each a “Team” and, collectively, “Teams”), in the creation of a Contest entry which identifies an issue in their community that needs to “go green” and provides a plan to positively impact that issue and further “green living” in their community. Each Team's entry should include the following steps: choosing a topic, writing a problem statement, doing background research, writing a hypothesis, developing a plan, collecting data, drawing a conclusion, reporting the results and explaining how to replicate this project. Additional information and tips for creating an effective Contest entry will be available online at the Contest website, http://www.wecanchange.com/. Contest entries must be submitted online at http://www.wecanchange.com/ by the Team's Team Advisor/Mentor, as defined below.

3. REQUIREMENTS FOR TEAM ADVISORS/MENTORS: Each Team shall be supervised by one teacher, mentor or other adult age 18 or older, who must be employed during the Term as a full-time or part-time employee of a public, private or parochial, or home school attended by at least one of the student Team members (“Team Advisor/Mentor”). With the sole exception of employees of Department of Defense Education Activity (“DoDEA”) schools, each Team Advisor/Mentor must also be a legal resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (“U.S.”). Employees of a DoDEA school must reside on a United States military base. As a condition of eligibility, Team Advisors/Mentors may be required to provide evidence (to Sponsor’s satisfaction) of their employment or home school status. Team Advisors/Mentors will provide guidance to the Team, work with the Team to develop the entry, and submit the final entry. Employees of the Sponsor, the National Science Teachers Association (the “NSTA”), the College Board, their respective subsidiaries and affiliates, the Contest administrator, Contest judges, advertising and promotion agencies and members of the immediate families (spouses and parents, children and siblings and their spouses) and persons living in the same household of such individuals (collectively, “Affiliated Parties”) are not eligible to be a Team Advisor/Mentor.

4. TEAMS: Each Team may be made up of two, three, or four students who have been approved and recommended by the Team Advisor/Mentor. At the time of entry, each student Team member must be enrolled in 6th through 8th grade at a public, private, parochial or home school located in the U. S. or at a DoDEA school abroad. With the sole exception of students at DoDEA schools, each student team member must also be a legal U.S. resident. Students at a DoDEA school must reside on a United States military base. Children and siblings of employees of any Affiliated Parties may participate but are not eligible to win a prize. Eligibility may be verified by the Sponsor at any time; any determinations of eligibility will be made by the Sponsor whose decisions are final.

5. PERSONAL DATA AND PARENTAL CONSENT: Sponsor and Siemens Foundation (the “Foundation") will be collecting personal information from the Team Advisors/Mentors at the time of entry. This information will be used in accordance with Sponsor and the Foundation's privacy policies, located at http://dsc.discovery.com/utilities/about/privacypolicy.htmland http://www.siemens.com/about/en/footer/privacy.htm. Each Team's entry must not contain any personally identifiable information about the students on the Team. Instead, the entry must only contain the first name of each participating student on the Team. In the event that any additional information is provided, the entry will become VOID. In order to fulfill the prizes, the Sponsor will need to collect personal information from the members of a particular Team in case the Team is selected as a potential First, Second, Third or National Finalist prize winner in the Contest. In such an instance, the Sponsor will ask the applicable Team Advisor/Mentor or parent(s) to provide the Sponsor with an executed parental consent form. This form must be completed by a parent or legal guardian of each participant in order for each Team member to continue participating in the Contest. In addition, the Team Advisor/Mentors and the parent or legal guardian will be required to execute the prize documents described in Sections 9 and 10 of these Official Rules. Without completing and returning such consent, the affected student may not receive the applicable prize and could be disqualified from the Contest.

6. TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY: The Team Advisor/Mentor must visit http://www.wecanchange.com/ to register and create a Team. After registering and creating a Team, the Team Advisor/Mentor will be given access to the challenge application which must be completed in the space provided. Entries must be received by the Sponsor's server by 8:00 PM ET on March 5, 2013. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to extend the deadline. If the Sponsor does extend the deadline, it will notify all Team Advisors/Mentors, and notice of such deadline extension will be posted at the Contest website. The entry must be in the Team's own words, but the Team Advisor/Mentor may assist and supervise the students in their preparation and organization of the entry. The entry can be a continuation of a prior project, however any work done prior to the Term must be identified and only work done during the Term will judged. Limit: ONE ENTRY, PER TEAM. Students may not participate as a member of more than one Team. In the event that the Sponsor learns that one student is on two separate participating Teams, the Sponsor may, at its sole discretion, disqualify both Teams or ask the Team Advisor/Mentor to remove the student from one or both of the Teams. Any disputes between Team members are solely the responsibility of the Team Advisor/Mentor and the Team Advisor/Mentor may not substitute or change Team members after entry without receiving the written permission from the Sponsor. Entries must be completed in English.

7. WARRANTY AND IP RIGHTS AND CONSIDERATIONS: By submitting an entry, the Team Advisor/Mentor named on the entry form warrants and represents that (i) the entry is entirely the original work of the Team, was written by the Team and was created by the Team, all while under the supervision of the Team Advisor/Mentor who supervised and assisted the Team in developing the Contest entry (ii) the Team Advisor/Mentor owns or otherwise controls all of the rights to the entry at the time of submission, (iii) the entry does not violate any law, regulation or any right of any third-party, including but not limited to rights of copyright, publicity and privacy; (iv) he or she has obtained the appropriate permission from each of the Team members and their parent or legal guardian to submit the entry and the related entry materials required in this Contest; and (v) the Team Advisor/Mentor will only supply the identity, or any personal information related to the students in the event the entry is selected as the potential winner of a First, Second, Third or National Finalist Prize.

Submitting an entry that is copyrighted by another individual or violates any law, regulation or any other right of any third-party will result in the Team Advisor/Mentor being responsible for damages and provide any indemnification for any legal action the legal copyright holder or such other third-party might take against the Team Advisor/Mentor, the Sponsor, the Foundation (or its affiliates) or the Team. Entries may not defame or invade the rights of publicity or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon a person's personal or proprietary rights. Submissions that are deemed by the judges in their sole discretion to be not in keeping with the Sponsor's or the Foundation’s respective image will be void. The 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 entrant has not complied with these Official Rules. The Sponsor is under no obligation to correspond about entries. Entries become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Team Advisor/Mentor represents and warrants that all actions of the Team Members, and all of the materials submitted as part of the entry, including without limitation the findings, results, conclusions, discoveries, research, data, software, code and all other matters related to the materials, must satisfy the principles of academic and scientific honesty and integrity and such work cannot be designed, engineered, altered or modified in any way to fraudulently or illegitimately produce (whether intentionally or unintentionally) a dishonest result. Violations of academic integrity, as determined at the sole discretion of Sponsor, will result in disqualification. Disqualification need not occur during the Contest and may occur after the end of the Contest, including after winners are selected and after awards have been provided. If disqualification occurs after awards have been provided, Team Advisor/Mentor agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, the Foundation and each of their respective affiliates for any costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) incurred to receive reimbursement for such awards.

8. JUDGING AND JUDGING CRITERIA: There will be two rounds of judging, each of which is described below. First Round. After the completion of the Term, the entries will be screened by Discovery Education and judged by a panel of judges from Discovery Education's partner organizations, educators and science professionals. Judging will not be based on blind reads. All judging will be based on the following judging criteria (the “Judging Criteria”):

  • Local Environmental Issue or Problem (10% of total score) - How well does the entry describe the negative effects of a local environmental issue or problem, and its proposed solution?
  • Community Engagement (10% of total score) - How well does the Team describe its plan to generate awareness and action in the community? How effective was the Team in this community engagement effort?
  • Scientific Approach (45% of total score) - Is the issue or problem well researched, and is research evidence cited in proposing a solution? Is the plan thoughtfully developed and clearly written, including carefully specified materials and detailed, sequential procedures and resources/methodologies adequately explained (sustainable or otherwise)? Are analyses based upon quantitative and qualitative data?
  • Creativity/Innovation (20% of total score) - Is the entry original and creative in its concept and communication, and does it take advantage of a variety of resources and combine them in an effective way?
  • Replication/Expansion: "How could other communities do it?" (15% of total score) - Does the Team give recommendations on how other communities could use, improve upon, and expand the entry content? Did the Team take any steps to help other communities implement their solution?

Using the Judging Criteria, the judges will score each entry. Up to the 50 highest scoring Teams will each be named a “National Finalist” (or fewer, if in Sponsor’s sole discretion fewer than 50 entries of sufficient quality are received), pending verification of eligibility. The National Finalist Prize is described below. The Team Advisors/Mentors of the National Finalist Teams will be notified by email, phone, postal mail or express mail, beginning on or about March 27, 2013. At that time, the Team Advisor/Mentor will be asked to provide the parental consent described in Section 5 of these Official Rules.

Second Round. Beginning on or about March 20, 2013, a Sponsor-determined quantity of the highest-scoring National Finalist entries will be evaluated by a judging panel from Discovery Education's partners, which may include but is not limited to the NSTA, the College Board, the North American Association for Environmental Education, Discovery Network's Advisory Committees, the U.N. and National Governor's Association, and Education Testing Service, (the “Second Round Judges”). Using the Judging Criteria, the Second Round judges will score each selected entry and determine the First, Second and Third Place potential winners. No specific notification, recognition, or award will be automatically associated with an entry’s inclusion in Second Round judging. Note that each First Place through Third Place winning entry must also be the single highest ranked entry from either: [a] its U.S. state; [b] the District of Columbia; or [c] all DoDEA schools. If a group of students from different jurisdictions form a Team, the home state (or DC, or DoDEA) of that Team’s Team Advisor/Mentor (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) shall dictate which jurisdiction the Team is from.

In the event of a tie in the Second Round Judging, the entry with the highest combined First Round and Second Round score will prevail. If an insufficient number of qualified entries is received, the Sponsor may award less than the stated number of Prizes described below. The Team Advisors/Mentors of the potential winning teams will be notified by email, phone, postal mail or express mail, on or about March 27, 2013. If the Team Advisor/Mentor does not respond to any of the notification attempts described herein within the time period specified within the notification, then such Team will be disqualified and an alternate potential Team will be selected from among the applicable eligible entries received based on the Judging Criteria described herein.

9. STUDENT PRIZES:

First Place Prize: Each student member of the First Prize-winning Team will receive a $10,000 Series EE United States Savings Bond ($10,000 value of bond redeemed at maturity; $5,000 present value); a Discovery trip to a national park, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, or a major US city such as San Francisco, New York or Boston, anticipated to be 3 days and 2 nights and to take place during the last two weeks in July although timing is subject to change, location to be determined; a prize package of Discovery "Green" merchandise; and a tablet. Total Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") $7,680 per person. The Discovery "Green" merchandise and tablets will be awarded to the Team Advisor/Mentor of the applicable Team, who will be responsible for ensuring each Team member receives these prizes.

Second Place Prize: Each student member of the Second Prize-winning Team will receive $7,500 in Series EE United States Savings Bonds ($7,500 value of bonds redeemed at maturity; $3,750 present value); a Discovery trip to a national park, such as Yellowstone, Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, or a major US city such as San Francisco, New York or Boston, anticipated to be 3 days and 2 nights and to take place during the last two weeks in July although timing is subject to change, location to be determined; a prize package of Discovery "Green" merchandise and a tablet. ARV $6,430 per person. The Discovery "Green" merchandise and tablets will be shipped to the Team Advisor/Mentor of the applicable Team, who will be responsible for ensuring each Team member receives these prizes.

Third Place Prize: Each student member of the Third Prize-winning Team will receive a $5,000 Series EE United States Savings Bond ($5,000 value of bond redeemed at maturity; $2,500 present value); a prize package of Discovery "Green" merchandise; and a tablet; total ARV $2,680 per person. The Discovery "Green" merchandise and tablets will be awarded to the Team Advisor/Mentor of the applicable Team, who will be responsible for ensuring each Team member receives these prizes.

National Finalist Prize: Each student member of a National Finalist winning Team will receive a prize package of Discovery "Green" merchandise valued at approximately $50. The prize will be awarded to the Team Advisor/Mentor of the applicable Team, who will be responsible for ensuring each Team member receives the prize.

The First, Second, Third and National Finalist Prizes will not be awarded without the Sponsor first receiving each Team member's parental consent. Each member of the First, Second, Third and National Finalist prize Teams must provide the Sponsor with the appropriate consent and also may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, liability and (where legal) publicity release which must be returned within the time period specified in notification letter or the Sponsor may select an alternate winner or disqualify that member of the Team. Prize trips will include round trip coach air travel for one person from a major commercial airport near winner's home (as determined by the Sponsor), hotel accommodations for 2 nights, admission or participation fees for activities planned by the Sponsor, all meals, and ground transportation. Actual value will be determined by winner's residence and destination of the trip. All other expenses not specifically mentioned are the sole responsibility of prize recipients, or if prize recipient is a minor, such prize recipient's parent/legal guardian. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and certain restrictions. Air carriers, hotels and other transportation selected by the Sponsor. Black-out dates may apply. The parent/legal guardian of winner is responsible for any travel insurance. Trip must be taken at time determined by the Sponsor or trip portion of the prize will be forfeited in its entirety and replaced with an alternate prize determined by the Sponsor. The Sponsor will make reasonable efforts to accommodate all winning team member schedules. The Sponsor reserves the right to award an alternative prize in the event that a prize is unavailable or inapplicable. For any prize trip, the team’s Team Advisor/Mentor will be offered right of first refusal to accompany, and serve as chaperone to the applicable students (ARV for Team Advisor/Mentor’s Trip is $2,150 USD). No substitute compensation or rights of assignment shall be granted to a Team Advisor/Mentor if the opportunity to accompany and chaperone the students is refused for any reason. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to designate one or more other adults per trip, to accompany and chaperone the applicable students. Chaperones will be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, liability and (where legal) publicity release prior to issuance of travel documents and within the time period specified in the notification document. In the event a chaperone does not complete these documents, the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to select an alternate chaperone, or to disqualify the applicable Team and select an alternative Team in its place.

10. SCHOOL PRIZES:

First Place Prize: The school associated with the First Place entry will receive a $5,000 grant awarded in the form of a check, to be used to further “green” initiatives at the school, a banner, and one (1) individual one-year membership to the NSTA. Total Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") $5,150.The school’s principal or other authorized official will decide which one (1) educator from that school may make use of the one-year membership to the NSTA.

Second Place Prize: The school associated with the Second Place entry will receive a $2,500 grant awarded in the form of a check, to be used to further “green” initiatives at the school, a banner, and one (1) individual one-year membership to the NSTA. Total Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") $2,650. The school’s principal or other authorized official will decide which one (1) educator from that school may make use of the one-year membership to the NSTA.

Third Place Prize: The school associated with the Third Place entry will receive a $1,000 grant awarded in the form of a check, to be used to further “green” initiatives at the school, a banner, and one (1) individual one-year membership to the NSTA. Total Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") $1,150. The school’s principal or other authorized official will decide which one (1) educator from that school may make use of the one-year membership to the NSTA.

National Finalist Prize: The school associated with each National Finalist entry will receive one online Finalist certificate and a banner. Total Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") $50.

Team Advisors/Mentors and the schools associated with a winning entry may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility, liability and (where legal) publicity release within the time period specified in the notification document. In the event a Team Advisor/Mentor and/or the associated schools do not complete these documents as directed, the Sponsor may disqualify the associated Team and select an alternative winner in its place. In the case of dispute over which school is associated with a particular entry, the Sponsor reserves the right to designate a school in its sole discretion. In cases where students from a particular winning team attend different schools, Sponsor reserves the right to divide an applicable grant prize between the applicable schools, in proportions to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If any grant prize (or portion thereof) is won by a home school or any school without a 501(c) 3 tax exemption, the applicable grant prize (or portion thereof) will be awarded in the form of a charitable donation to a 501(c) 3 nonprofit environmental organization selected by an authorized representative of the applicable home school, subject to approval by Sponsor. Such home school(s) will not be eligible for any “write-offs” or other tax advantages associated with such a charitable donation made by Sponsor. Schools may be required to provide documentation confirming its tax-exempt status.

11. PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Taxes on prizes and all expenses related to acceptance and use of the prizes and not specified are the sole responsibility of prize recipients. No prize can be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash except at the Sponsor's sole discretion. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable or greater value if a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason. Limit one prize per person. Odds of winning any prize depends on the number of eligible entries received during the Contest and the relative performance of the entrants.

12. RELEASE/INDEMNITY: By participating, participants agree [a] to these Official Rules and to decisions of the Sponsor and the Foundation, which shall be final in all respects relating to this Contest; and [b] to release, discharge and hold harmless the Sponsor, the Foundation, the NSTA, the College Board, their respective affiliates and subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, agents and representatives, the Contest judges, and their respective officers, directors and employees (collectively, “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. In addition, 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] lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete entries or postage-due mail; or [d] any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor that may cause the promotion to be disrupted or corrupted. Further, each participant hereby agrees 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 Released Parties 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.

13. RIGHT TO CANCEL & DISQUALIFY: The 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 beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest, and 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 the Sponsor in its sole discretion. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Contest or website or who are in violation of these Official Rules, as solely determined by the Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void.

14. RIGHTS IN ENTRY MATERIALS: Participants hereby assign to the Sponsor and the Foundation: [a] all rights of ownership, reproduction and use of essay and entry materials for any purpose whatsoever without compensation or further permission, including but not limited to an irrevocable and perpetual, royalty-fee, worldwide right, in all media (now known or later developed) to use, publish, alter or otherwise exploit entries; and [b] use of Team Advisor/Mentor's name, school, city and state and/or photograph and any video footage of winners recorded on any prize trip for programming, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and without prior approval or inspection, and agree to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so.

15. WINNERS LIST: To receive a list of winners, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by September 30, 2013, to: Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge Winners, PMI Station, PO Box 750, Southbury, CT 06488-0750. Residents of Vermont need not supply return postage.

16. GOVERNING LAW: Except where prohibited, each participant hereby agrees by participating that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of New York. 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 Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of New York or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.

17. SPONSOR: Discovery Communications, LLC, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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