Space Brain Hack - Terms and conditions
The Space Brain Hack (SBH) is one of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)'s opportunities to involve youth in Canada's exciting space missions. They are invited to tackle the challenges that current professionals in the space sector are facing through a design-thinking exercise where they imagine solutions to open-ended problems related to the Lunar Gateway and other space missions. Through real-world space challenges, they can explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts and add their creativity for some out-of-the-box thinking.
The SBH is governed by these Terms and Conditions. All participants are required to comply with these Terms and Conditions and with all applicable legislation and regulations.
Who can participate?
The SBH is a CSA challenge for youth in grades 6 to 12 across Canada. This activity will be available through educators in a number of different learning contexts such as classrooms, science centres and youth organizations, or individually.
Declaration and consent
When submitting an idea using the online form, educators agree and certify that:
- the information, statements and documents submitted are complete, true and accurate;
- in the event of a discrepancy or contradiction, these Terms and Conditions take precedence over all other documents pertaining to the challenge;
- the CSA may, at any time and at its sole discretion, cancel, modify, extend or suspend the challenge, in which case no liability will be incurred by the CSA;
- the CSA may, at any time and at its sole discretion, reject any submission that fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions; attempts to participate in the challenge in any manner or by any means other than those described in these Terms and Conditions; or attempts to disrupt the challenge or circumvent any rule in these Terms and Conditions;
- the CSA may, at any time and at its sole discretion, reject any submissions deemed inappropriate;
- the CSA cannot be held responsible for any rejected, lost or delayed submissions, or any delay or problem in the sending, processing, receiving or review of submissions;
- the CSA may, at any time, verify the submissions' eligibility;
- the CSA may, at any time, require the participant to provide it with any original document or additional information in order to verify its application; and
- they comply with all Canadian legislation as well as these Terms and Conditions.
For the submissions to be eligible for the challenge, they must follow the following rules:
- the completed worksheet(s) must be submitted electronically through the challenge's online form; and
- the submissions must include all the mandatory information and all questions must be answered.
The submissions must be uploaded using the online form no later than . An automatic acknowledgment of receipt will be sent via email.
It is the educator's sole responsibility to ensure that the submission to the CSA was done within the prescribed time frame. A submission will be rejected if the CSA determines, at its sole discretion, that it does not meet the eligibility criteria or that information is missing, is insufficient or was not received by the CSA within the time period specified above.
Submissions will be evaluated by a CSA selection committee on a competitive basis, using the following assessment criteria.
By uploading an idea to the challenge, you consent and grant permission to the Government of Canada to use, publish, print, display, modify or distribute the content of your submission in online and offline promotional material. By uploading an idea, you confirm that everything in the submission (text and diagram, if any) is your original idea. You continue to own the idea and content you submitted.
When submitting an idea to the CSA, you consent to share information relevant to the administration of the SBH. The following personal information will be collected:
- Name of the educator, or of the parent/guardian if the challenge is done at home
- Email address of the educator or parent/guardian
- Name of the school/organization and grade level
- Location of the school/organization (city/town and province/territory)
- Project title
- Number of participant(s) in the team
Additional information may be required for the purpose of evaluating eligibility.
The data is collected when you submit using the online form.
No student personal information is collected by the CSA for participation in the challenge. Finalist teams will be contacted by the CSA and will be asked to provide students' names (with parent/legal guardian consent) for publication on the CSA website and social media accounts.
Participants are not required to make a purchase or pay a fee to participate in or win the SBH. However, participants are fully responsible for any expenses that may be incurred in connection with their participation in the challenge.
Upon request, accommodations will be made, on a case-by-case basis, for participants with accessibility or other needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners and prizes
Participants are encouraged to work in teams, but individual submissions are also accepted. Winners will be chosen for each category, namely grades 6 to 8 and grades 9 to 12, using the assessment criteria. The following prizes will be given per category:
- The top ten (10) projects will be showcased on the CSA website.
- The top three (3) winners will take part in a virtual work session with CSA experts where they will present their solution to them and to the other winners to receive feedback on their idea.
- The grand prize winner will win a virtual visit from a CSA speaker or astronaut for their class, group or school (or family and friends in the case of individual submissions made outside of a school or organization setting).
Prizes are offered by the CSA. Prizes must be accepted as awarded – no substitutions, transfers or exchanges will be permitted. Prizes have no cash redemption value. Prizes must be accepted as described in these Terms and Conditions and cannot be transferred to another group. Prizes will be awarded only on verification by the CSA that all requirements have been met by the potential winner. If for any reason a selected entrant cannot be reached through the contact information provided or does not respond within ten (10) business days of being contacted, or if there is any reason a winner cannot accept the prize as awarded, their entry will be declared null and void, and another selection will be made among the remaining entries.
Release and exclusion of liability
The participants agree to hold harmless and discharge the CSA from any and all liability for claims, losses, damages or expenses arising from their participation in the challenge.
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