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Space Brain Hack - Terms and conditions

Objective

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.

The educatorFootnote 1 can submit the solutions imagined by the participants by filling out the online form.

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.

Rules

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.

Assessment criteria

Submissions will be evaluated by a CSA selection committee on a competitive basis, using the following assessment criteria.

Grades 6 to 8
Assessment criteria Description
Communication
  1. How complete is your solution? Does your solution accurately address the problem? Does it solve only part of or all aspects of the problem?
  2. How clear and well described are your diagram and explanations? How easy is it for others to read and understand your explanations and diagram?
Innovation
  1. Does your solution approach the problem in new or innovative way? Is it different from current solutions and/or is it a variation of something that has already been done but applied in an innovative way?
  2. Is the solution adaptable to different contexts? Will it be helpful for an individual or a small group of people, or can it be adapted to many?
Validity
  1. How are the constraints of the problem considered in the design of your solution?
  2. How sound are the scientific concepts applied to your solution? Is the solution logical and realistic?
Critical thinking
  1. Is there evidence that your solution was modified following feedback? If no modifications were made, was an explanation included?
Grades 9 to 12
Assessment criteria Description
Communication
  1. How complete is your solution? Does your solution accurately address the problem? Does it solve only part of or all aspects of the problem?
  2. How clear and well described are your diagram and explanations? How easy is it for others to read and understand your explanations and diagram?
Innovation
  1. Does your solution approach the problem in a new or innovative way? Is it different from current solutions and/or is it a variation of something that has already been done but applied in an innovative way?
  2. Is the solution adaptable to different contexts? Will it be helpful for an individual or a small group of people, or can it be adapted to many?
Validity
  1. How are the constraints of the problem considered in the design of your solution?
  2. How sound are the scientific concepts applied to your solution? Is the solution logical and realistic?
Critical analysis
  1. What limitations of your solution are identified? How have you discussed the limitations?
  2. What feedback did you receive? Is there evidence that your solution was modified following feedback? If no modifications were made, was an explanation included?

Intellectual property

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.

Data collection

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
  • Date
  • 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.

Costs/expenses

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.

Accessibility

Upon request, accommodations will be made, on a case-by-case basis, for participants with accessibility or other needs. Please contact stimjeunesse-youthstem@asc-csa.gc.ca.

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).

Prize disclaimer

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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