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The Inventing Our Future of Flight Competition - OFFICIAL RULES

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Overview

The Inventing Our Future of Flight competition (“the Challenge”) is an academic building competition where the LEGO Group and NASA will challenge the fans of NASA to a develop a LEGO® prototype of their own aircraft of tomorrow along with a technical research paper to explain your ideas.

The competition will begin at June 5th  2013 and the submission period ends July 31st 2013. Winners will be announced September 1st 2013.

Brief Introduction to the Future of Flight

Air transportation will be changing in the years to come. Helping to make that transition is NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, which plays a vital role in research being conducted on new aircraft designs, as well as on the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, that’s currently under development.

The vehicles that will fly in the next several decades will be new kinds of aircraft, some of which may transport passengers faster than the speed of sound.  Future vehicle research and development for these craft is known as N+3, which refers to the three generations of technology development to come, from 2030 and beyond.

How to Enter

The Inventing Our Future of Flight contest asks you to take current research on the future of flight and combine that with creative ideas that would both mirror current advances and demonstrate the potential of 21st century innovation.  To show your ideas, you and your team will develop a technical research paper, along with a prototype of your aircraft of tomorrow, built from LEGO bricks or created using LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) software.

Individuals or teams may enter (see the section below on teams).  Minimum age for entry is 13 years of age.  While all researchers and builders will be entered in the overall category, builders ages 13 to 18 will also be entered automatically in the young builders category. 

The key to successful projects will be the ability to research and understand the implications for changes happening in aeronautics, as well as the ability to develop and showcase innovative ideas for future aircraft. 

Along with a creative, innovative, and well-built project, groups/individual participants must also be able to communicate their project’s place in the overall aeronautics picture through the technical research component. Judging will be based on the quality of the prototype model, the research paper, and the ability of the model and paper to reflect and enhance the characteristics of each.

On the ReBrick website you will have to sign in with your LEGO ID – If you don’t have one yet, sign up for free. Next, submit the link to the uploaded image to the special themed category: Building Challenge on ReBrick. Once you submit your link you accept the terms and conditions, and you will be officially entered into the challenge.

Rules in Short:

  • This contest begins June 5th 2013 at 3:00 P.M. Central European Summer Time (CEST) (9:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, EST) and is open through July 31st, 2013.  Entries submitted after July 31st 2013 at 2:59 P.M. CEST (8:59 A.M. EST) will not be accepted into the contest.
  • A jury will select one (1) grand prizewinner in two categories: Young builders category (ages 13 -18) and Overall category (ages 13+).
  • Official Judging will begin at 3:00 P.M.  CEST (9:00 A.M. EST) on August 5th 2013 and will end at 3:00 P.M. CEST  (9:00 A.M. EST) on August 30th 2013. Winners will be announced the week of September 1st on the ReBrick Blog.
  • All entries must follow the ReBrick House Rules.

Research Paper

  • To submit an entry: first submit your prototype to ReBrick.com (further directions below), then email your research paper to rebrick@lego.com as a PDF or Microsoft Word document.
  • Make sure you include the name of your prototype (its title on ReBrick) and its link in your paper. Papers without prototype links will be disqualified.
  • Individuals or teams may enter (see section below on teams). 
  • Minimum age for entry is 13 years of age.  Builders ages 13 to 18 will also be entered automatically in the young builders category, while all builders 13  years or older will be entered into the Overall category (in order for teams or individuals to be entered into the young builders category, ALL team members must be 18 years of age or younger through July 31st, 2013). 

Format

  • Papers are limited to no more than 5,000 words
  • Graphic content cannot exceed 25 tables, charts, pictures and/or graphs
  • All research must be previously unpublished
  • A header should be included on each page except the cover page

Cover Page

  • Name(s): include all team members, and specify primary point of contact
    • Contact information for primary point of contact
    • To enter the young builder category, ages of team members (through July 31st, 2013) are required
    • Organization (if applicable)
    • Title of project

Technical Paper

  • Abstract (summary of work not to exceed 100 words)
    • The abstract should briefly summarize the project, including prototype description, the problem or challenge your new design addresses, and how it fits into the overall future of aeronautics
    • Introduction
      • Introduce your concept and some background information that describes the future of aeronautics
      • Statement of Problem
        • Highlight the current need within aeronautics to address the specific problem you are solving with your new aircraft design
      • Research
        • What existing research have you found on this topic?  Explain the research you conducted, which can include how or why you decided to work on a design that focuses on this specific challenge within aeronautics
      • Prototype design
        • Describe your aircraft design.  The description, including key features of your aircraft, should be able to stand alone without a LEGO model, but should also match the prototype you will build. 
        • Pictures or graphics may be inserted to enhance this section
      • Justification for design within existing aeronautics research framework
        • Your design should fit within the context of the future of aeronautics.  Explain why your design would be one that could be used along with other future aircraft, future airports, etc
      • Reference/Bibliography
        • While it is not necessary to follow a specific bibliographic format, all sources must include the following information: title of article or book, author(s), date of publication, publisher, city of publication, URL if an electronic source, and date of retrieval if electronic.  Keep in mind that quality sources are expected; primary sources are often, but not always, more reliable than secondary or weakly references sources
      • Acknowledgements (if applicable)General Terms and Conditions

Prototype

  • To submit an entry: Upload a photo on any external website (we do not host images on ReBrick) and add a link to the photo in the special themed category: “Building Challenge” on ReBrick
  • Your entry must be your own design and must be designed specifically for this contest
  • Entries must only contain elements from the LEGO collection and no customized parts. Digital entries are allowed using the free software, LEGO Digital Designer
  • Any use of the LEGO or NASA logo will also result in disqualification
  • No photo-shopped images will be permitted
  • Entries are to consist of no more than 1 bookmark; however, users can include a link back to a folder on an external site displaying more images of the build
  • All entries and entrants must follow the ReBrick House Rules

How to Win

Every person can submit multiple entries to the challenge, but only one (1) entry per person/group will be considered when the final winners for each category are selected. The one (1) overall prize winner and one (1) young builder winner of the challenge will be selected by a panel of judges and all decisions are final.

We want you to make your build as amazing as possible. However, you need to consider the following when creating your model:

  • Models containing or depicting military vehicles or weapons will not be eligible for the competition
  • Models containing defamatory or degrading elements will not be eligible for the competition
  • Copies of/or in other ways infringements relating to any existing third party property or any other intellectual property right will not be eligible for the competition
  • Use of any toy parts not produced by the LEGO Group will result in your model being disqualified
  • Entry models should show your creation only, and should not show recognizable features of any person or any commercial product other than LEGO Products
  • Entries that are obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, lewd, derogatory, inappropriate, or otherwise not in good taste, as determined by the LEGO Group in their sole discretion will not be eligible for the competition

Please read the House Rules for full details of what content is allowed on the ReBrick website.

Judging:

A panel of judges will review the entries and select one (1) Young Builder Category winner and one (1) Overall winner. These winners of the challenge will be selected by a jury of:

  • Lee Magpili, Designer at the LEGO Group
  • Tormod Askildsen, Sr. Director, Community Engagement at the LEGO Group
  • NASA Astronaut
  • NASA Aeronautics subject matter expert

The winning model and research paper in each category will be judged using a standard judging rubric to evaluate several components within the contest, which could include:

  • A prototype built with LEGO bricks or LEGO Digital Designer.
  • accompanying research paper (evaluated on depth and accuracy of research, research tie-in to the future of aeronautics)
  • overall quality and creativity of project

Sample style for judging rubric (used here for sample only):

  • builders will be given a score between 0-5 for each component, then total points are used to rank projects

 

Circle points for each component

5

4

3

2

1

0

Physical model

The model built is very detailed and gives a clear idea of the future aircraft design.

The model is detailed, but there is some room for improvement. The viewer gets a good idea of the aircraft design.

The model has some detail, but needs more. There is some sense of the aircraft design.

The model has very little detail, but overall still shows the basics of the aircraft design.

No detail is evident in the model, and it is difficult to understand the overall aircraft design.

No physical model was made, or quality was so low that it did not meet any criteria.

Research paper

The research paper is exceptionally well written and provides a strong understanding of the future of aeronautics, and this future aircraft’s design within that future.

The research paper is well written.  There is evidence of some understanding of the future of aeronautics, but either the overall understanding or the aircraft design’s place in that future is a bit unclear.

The research paper is fairly well written, but needs some improvement.  Researchers do not provide an entirely clear understanding of the future of aeronautics.  In addition, the aircraft design’s role in the future of aeronautics is unclear.

The research paper needs some work, in both research quality and the presentation of the research.  No strong understanding about the future of aeronautics, and the aircraft design’s place in the future is discussed but either inaccurate or poorly presented.

Research paper needs work.  Future of aeronautics is poor or missing.  Future aircraft’s role in the future of aeronautics is not evident.

Research is so poorly written no assessment can be made.  Or, research component is missing.

 

 

 

 

Total points:

 

 

The judging will begin on August 5th, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. Central European Summer Time (CEST) (that’s 9:00 A.M. Eastern Standard time, EST) and end on August 30th, 2013 at 2:59 P.M. CEST (8:59 A.M. EST). The odds of winning will depend on the skill and talent of the entrants, and on the number of eligible contest entries received during the contest period.

Prize Details

First Place (Young Builder Category, participants ages 13-18):

  • LEGO Trophy
  • Collection of commemorative NASA memorabilia
  • Virtual presentation of project to NASA and/or LEGO specialists (subject to availability of winners and NASA/LEGO specialists)          

First Place (Overall category, participants ages 19 and over):

  • LEGO Trophy
  • Collection of commemorative NASA memorabilia
  • Virtual presentation of project to NASA and/or LEGO specialists (subject to availability of winners and NASA/LEGO specialists)    

In addition, pending approval of content and any needed permissions, NASA has the option of publishing the winning technical paper.  Details will be discussed with the winner and any legal guardian.

LEGO prizes have a maximum total estimated price value of $200 USD in retail.

Warranties:

By entering the contest you or the entire team warrants and represents that:

  • you or the entire team owns the rights to the content submitted and that the content submitted is: (i) original to you or the entire team and has been legally obtained and created, (ii) does not infringe the intellectual property rights, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party;
  • The LEGO Group is granted a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual (or for the entire term of duration of intellectual property rights), non-exclusive, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, and display such Submission in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or later developed for promotional or marketing purposes of the products of The LEGO Group,
  • You or the entire team is to indemnify and hold harmless The LEGO Group against any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs and liabilities relating to trademark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation. 
  • If requested, entrants agree to sign any documentation that may be required for The LEGO Group to fully exploit the above-referenced license grant to the submission. In granting such license, entrants will represent and warrant that the submission remains unpublished and does not in any way infringe upon any third party’s intellectual properties.
  • Models containing or depicting military vehicles or weapons will not be eligible for the competition
  • Models containing defamatory or degrading elements will not be eligible for the competition
  • Copies of/or in other ways infringements relating to any existing third party property or any other intellectual property right will not be eligible for the competition
  • Use of any toy parts not produced by the LEGO Group will result in your model being disqualified
  • Entry models should show your creation only, and should not show recognizable features of any person or any commercial product other than LEGO Products
  • Entries that are obscene, vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, lewd, derogatory, inappropriate, or otherwise not in good taste, as determined by the LEGO Group in their sole discretion will not be eligible for the competition.

Please read the House Rules for full details of what content is allowed on the ReBrick website.

Who May Participate

Open to all persons from 13 years of age as of the competitions closing date, except for residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Myanmar/Burma, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Syria, Argentina, Quebec, any other U.S. sanctioned country and where prohibited or restricted by law.  Employees of companies in the LEGO Group, agencies and companies associated with the LEGO Group, e.g. suppliers related to the product line and the immediate families of such employees, are not eligible contestants.

Minors – Parents and Guardians: The parent(s) or guardian(s) of any entrant under the legal age of majority in his/her country will ensure that the entrant of whom they agree to these Rules will comply with these Rules and warrants that the entrant is capable of agreeing to these Rules and giving the consent contained herein. A Consent Form must be signed by a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of each individual below the age of majority in the country of residence pursuant to Section X of these Rules. Download release form here.

If you are a parent or legal guardian agreeing to these rules for the benefit of a child, you are fully responsible for his or her entry in the challenge, including without limitation any legal liability that he or she may incur.

Teams

Teams must be composed of two (2) to five (5) members. One (1) of the members will be team captain. All online submissions of any kind related to the Challenge must be made by the Team Captain clearly stating the names of all team members with contact details such as addresses and phone numbers. The team captain will accept the prize on behalf of the whole team if winning the challenge.

All Team members must be at least 13 years of age as of the date of the Team’s registration in the Challenge in order to participate in the Challenge. All Team members are required to abide by any legal restrictions and contest rules, including those regarding age limitations and signing release forms etc., in the Team member’s country of residence. Teams with one or more member over the age of 18 will not be able to qualify for the Young Builder’s category.

Team members and mentors, if applicable

Team mentors are allowed to assist in the Inventing Our Future of Flight competition.  However, in order for a young builder team to qualify for both the open age category and the young builder category, no member of the team may be older or younger than 13 to 18 years of age at the date of contest deadline.  A mentor may supervise and guide team members on the project, but for the young builders category, no part may be completed by any adult, or by any person not a member on that team. Open category teams may also have a mentor, but as with the young builder category, no part may be completed by any person not on the team.  Mentoring teachers/adults may supervise more than one team.

Intellectual Property Rights

By entering this competition you accept that the ownership and all intellectual property rights to your entry are automatically awarded and transferred to LEGO System A/S, Aastvej 1, 7190 Billund, Denmark without any limitations.

You will not receive any payment for the transfer of your entry or any intellectual property rights, nor will you receive any payment for any products that may be sold in connection hereto.

The LEGO Group can use the entry and any intellectual rights deriving from the models without any limitations via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised (including on http://www. ReBrick.LEGO.com), worldwide, in perpetuity, without notice to you and without compensation.

Data Protection

Personal data relating to entrants will be used only for the purpose of this competition unless otherwise clearly stated and accepted by you.

By entering the Competition, you explicitly confirm that you consent to your personal data being held and used by the LEGO Group in accordance with our Privacy Policy, which can be found at http://aboutus.lego.com/enus/corporate/privacypolicy.aspx

The LEGO Group is defined as LEGO System A/S and its subsidiaries as described on http://aboutus.LEGO.com/en-us/lego-group/

All Submissions may be posted on the publicly accessible ReBrick website during and following the challenge. The ReBrick Competition winners will be posted on the ReBrick web site together with their model.

General Terms and Conditions

Prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives.  Any applicable taxes, governmental fees, and other expenses resulting from the prize are the sole responsibility of the Prize Winner unless otherwise stated.  The LEGO Group reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the unlikely event that it becomes impractical to award the stated prize. The prizes will be shipped no later than 6 - 8 weeks after the draw. The winner is deemed to have received the prize on the day it was shipped.

All entry materials become the property of the LEGO Group and will not be acknowledged or returned. False, harmful and/or deceptive entries or acts shall render entrants ineligible.

By entering, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which are final. Entrants who reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value, if any prize, or any portion of any prize, will not be eligible for the competition.

Entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the LEGO Group, its directors, officers, employees and assigns, harmless from and against any and all liability and damages associated with or arising out of an entrant’s participation in this Competition.

In order to be certified as the Official Winner, the selected Winner must complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Prize Selection and Acceptance, and Release of Liability form co-signed by the parent or legal guardian of the Winner. 

Any Winner who does not return the properly completed documentation within ten (10) days of transmittal will be declared ineligible, and an alternate Winner will be selected.

Any Winner who declines to accept a prize, has violated any of these Official Rules, does not respond to the award notification within the specified time, or is found to be ineligible will be disqualified and an alternative Winner shall be chosen.  For a list of prize winners, please send request, along with a stamped self-addressed envelope to ReBrick, ReBrick Building Challenge, Aastvej 1, 7190 Billund, Denmark not later than September 30th, 2013.

All prizes to be awarded.  In no case will more than the stated number of prizes be awarded.

The LEGO Group reserves the right to alter, amend or close this Competition if necessary. The LEGO Group reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. The use of any device or computer software program to automate the entry process is prohibited.

The LEGO Group is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human error; typographical or transcription error; technical malfunctions; failures, omission, interruption, deletion, or defect of any telephone network computer online systems, computer equipment, servers, providers, or software, including any injury or damage to participant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in this competitions; inability to access any web site, theft, tampering, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; or transactions that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction or traffic congestion on the Internet or on any web site, or printing or other errors.

In case of dispute, contest entries will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of record for the LEGO ID account under which the entry was submitted.

Identity of the LEGO Group

This Competition is sponsored by LEGO System A/S, Aastvej 1, 7190 Billund, Denmark.                                                                            

The LEGO Group can be contacted in relation to the Competition through Customer Service

Jurisdictional and Venue Issues

These rules are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Denmark, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these rules must be filed, and that venue properly lies, only in Denmark, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action.

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2013 The LEGO Group. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Comments

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by Moemen
2013-09-01
Hello,

Where will you put the winner's name ,on this page or on the Home page?

And when CEST /EST ?


Thank you
by FreddieFH
2013-08-01
@EDDIE2100
We've sent the entries to the judges as soon as the competition ended. So it is not possible resubmit your paper with corrections.

@ VISHAKHSHEWALKAR
As long as your creation was bookmarked on ReBrick, you do not need to send anything physical.

I hope that answers your questions :)
by vishakhshewalka...
2013-07-31
Sir was it necessary for us to send the Lego model file of the project?
by Eddie2100
2013-07-31
I had some errors in the paper I sent would it be acceptable to send another one?
by FreddieFH
2013-07-31
Hi VISHAKHSHEWALKAR,

As ReBrick is a social bookmarking page you cannot upload directly to the site. You have to use another photo uploading site (e.g. Flickr) and then bookmark (link) it to ReBrick.

Here is a link to bookmarking the image http://rebrick.lego.com/en-US/AddBookmark.aspx. Remember to put the link in the category called 'Building Challenge'.