MOVA Globes "Stay Home Science Fair 2020" Official Rules



  1. ELIGIBILITY: The MOVA Globes “Stay Home Science Fair 2020” (“Contest”) is open worldwide to students who are at least five (5) years of age as of June 15, 2020, and who are students enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade. In order to be considered eligible, students must be currently enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade at the time of entry and comply with these Official Rules and the safety guidelines set forth below (“Safety Guidelines”). Employees of MOVA Globes(the “Sponsor”), their parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agencies, promotional suppliers, and their immediate family members (spouse, siblings, and children, regardless of where they live) and members of the same households (whether related or not) (collectively, “Contest Entities”) are not eligible. Sponsor’s determinations of eligibility are final and may be made at any time. Void where prohibited.
  • Entry Submission Period: The Entry Submission Period commences at 7:00 AM Pacific Time (“PDT”) on May 2, 2020, and expires at 5:00 PM PDT on June 15, 2020 (the “Entry Submission Period”).
  • Judging: On or before June 17, 2020, all eligible entries will be judged by the Sponsor’s designated judges in accordance with the judging criteria set forth in Section 6 below, to determine up to 8 prize winners.
  • Winner Announcement: the winners will be announced in June of 2020.

See below for additional detail about the timing and phases of the Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right to extend the Entry Submission Period (and related dates) as deemed necessary in its sole opinion. If such changes are made, the new timing will be noted in these Official Rules and at  (the “Website”).

  1. BRIEF CONTEST DESCRIPTION: Students shall have the opportunity to create a video in accordance with the Challenge outlined in Section 5 below. For students to officially enter the Contest, students must be registered as described below and his/her entry completed, submitted, and received between 7:00 AM PDT on May 2, 2020, and 5:00 PM PDT on June 15, 2020. Limit one entry per student. Three students (one student from each grade category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8) with the highest overall scores from judging will be deemed the Grand Prize winners. Three students (one student from each grade category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8) with the second-highest overall scores from judging will be deemed the Runner Up Prize winners. One student will also be selected as the Fan Favorite winner. One student will also be randomly selected as the Science Explorer winner. 
  2. TO REGISTER AND ENTER: Starting at 7:00 AM PDT on May 2, 2020, an eligible student’s parent/legal guardian must visit to access the entry page. At the entry page, the parent/guardian will be prompted to fill out the registration form (“Registration Form”). The parent/guardian must complete the information requested in the Registration Form prior to 5:00 PM PDT on June 15, 2020, which includes without limitation, the student’s full name, mailing address, contact email, age, grade, school, and parent/legal guardian’s name. Only the student’s first name and grade will be used publicly. The parent/guardian will also be asked to provide the unique video URL for the student’s Entry Video and provide any additional requested entry information. The entry must be completed, submitted, and received no later than 5:00 PM PDT on June 15, 2020. If the Registration Form described above and the Entry Video described below are not all submitted by the applicable deadlines, the student will not be permitted to enter the Contest.

Once the Registration Form is completed, the parent/guardian must click the “Save and Submit” button at the bottom of the form so that the entry is received by Sponsor’s server no later than 5:00 PM PDT on June 15, 2020. Once a Registration Form has been submitted, no further edits are permitted. 

  1. THE CHALLENGE: Using materials from around the house, students should submit a video of them doing a science project, experiment, or engineering something awesome...all while staying safe at home. Each grade category (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) will be judged separately.

What the judges will be looking for:

K-5th projects may be demonstrations

Here is a simplified version of the Scientific Method and what we are going to be judging on:

  1. Ask a question or try to solve a problem
  2. Do some background research on the question or problem and possible solution
  3. Using the research, formulate a hypothesis (your best guess with the information you gathered) or possible answers to the question.
  4. Test your best guess or try to build the solution to the problem 
  5. Analyze the data and draw a conclusion. Was your guess correct? If yes, that’s awesome -- if not, that’s even more awesome because you can keep going. Do you know why didn’t it work and want to try again with more data? Did the solution work or not work? 



Round 1: All entries will first be screened to ensure they meet the entry criteria. The judge’s panel will consist of qualified educators and science professionals that will then score qualifying Entry Videos. Entry Videos will be scored using the following judging criteria:

  • (i) Creativity (ingenuity and innovative thinking) (30%);
  • (ii) Scientific knowledge (30%);
  • (iii) Persuasiveness and effective communication (20%); and
  • (iv) Overall presentation (20%).

The judges will rank all eligible Entry Videos received. The three students (one student from each grade category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8) with the highest scores will be deemed the Grand Prize winners. Three students (one student from each grade category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8) with the second-highest overall scores from judging will be deemed the Runner Up Prize winners. One student will be randomly selected as the Science Explorer winner. All winners will be notified by phone and/or email in June 2020. Winners will be required to complete and return any required documents within 7 days of issuance of these documents to claim the prize. If Winner does not claim their prize or does not return the documents within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen. In the event of any ties, the “Overall presentation” score will be used as a first tiebreaker. In the event any tie remains after applying this first tiebreaker, the “Creativity” score will be used as a secondary tiebreaker.

Sponsor reserves the right to award additional prizes or titles in its sole discretion.

Round 2 (Public Voting Period): In the Public Voting Period, members of the public worldwide (the “Voters”) are invited to visit MOVA Globes’ YouTube channel to vote on the finalists’ videos. Finalists for Fan Favorite will be chosen by Sponsors and Judges. To cast their vote, Voters will be asked to push “Like” on the best finalist video. The finalist whose video receives the highest number of votes (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) within the 7-day Public Voting Period will be declared the Contest’s (potential) Fan Favorite Award Winner. In the event of a tie in the Public Voting Period, the Sponsor will break the tie using the judging criteria provided to the finalists prior to the Final Event, in its sole discretion. Only votes submitted via YouTube in accordance with these Official Rules during the Public Voting Period will be considered. All determinations regarding the eligibility of votes will be made by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and such determinations may be made at any time. Votes generated by script, macro or other automated means or any other means intended to impact the integrity of the voting process as determined by Sponsor may be void. Votes obtained by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public, payment for votes or offering to trade votes, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may result in those votes being void and the associated finalist being disqualified. Sponsor will provide guidelines and recommendations for encouraging public voting to finalists prior to the start of the Public Voting Period.

The decisions of Sponsor and Judges are final and binding in all matters.

  1. VIDEO SUBMISSION: To enter, a student must submit one, and only one, entry video in accordance with the Challenge detailed above in Section 5 (the "Entry Video").

The Entry Video must be longer than 1 minute, but not longer than 5 minutes. The Entry Video must be the original work of the student. If the language spoken in the Entry video is not English, the video must have English subtitles.

To prepare to submit the Entry Video, the student’s parent or guardian must first create (or already have) a registered user account set to Public on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram and agree to all applicable terms at that site. There is no fee or charge to become a registered user of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Instagram. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram are not sponsors of this Contest. Further, entries that do not comply with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube Community Guidelines will be disqualified. Videos may not be submitted in any other format or through any other digital channel.

Next, the student’s parent or guardian must access their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube account, and upload the student’s Entry Video. 

  • If uploading a student’s video to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter:
    • Make sure your account is set to “Public” so the video is visible to us
    • Tag @movaglobes in the caption 
    • Use #StayHomeScienceFair in the caption 
  • If uploading a student’s video to YouTube, title the video “MOVA Globes Stay Home Science Fair Video Submission – [Your title]”, set the video’s privacy settings to “Public”, and note the unique URL that YouTube has given the video. The student’s parent or guardian may disable the comments section of the video if they so choose.

In order for an Entry Video to be considered for judging, the student’s parent or guardian must maintain their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube account in good standing and must continue to host the video through August 31, 2020, at the same URL disclosed in the Contest entry, with the video’s privacy settings set to “Public” (unless asked by Sponsor to remove the video prior to this date).

  1. ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Do not include any branded products, trademarks, or logos in the Entry Video, other than trademarks or logos owned by Sponsor or Promotional Partner. Entries which contain a trademark or logo or promote any brand or product other than those belonging to Sponsor or Promotional Partner may be disqualified at the Sponsor’s sole discretion; however, the Sponsor may choose not to disqualify an Entry Video which includes a trademark or logo if the Sponsor determines in its sole discretion that the inclusion of such trademark or logo is incidental. Students may be asked to sign an affidavit stating that he/she was not paid a fee, either monetary or in-kind, to promote an included trademark, logo, or branded product. Entry Videos must not defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsor or its products, Promotional Partner or its products, or other people, products or companies. Entry Videos must not invade the privacy or publicity rights of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon a person's personal or proprietary rights.

By entering this Contest, student and student’s parent or guardian represent and warrant that the Entry Video is original work that has not won any previous awards or recognitions (outside of a school, school district, or school-sponsored science fair where direct awards are not made available by corporate sponsors). Entry Videos may not contain any music or sound effect unless either: [a] the music/sound effect was created by the student or by someone who has given the student-written permission to use his/her music/sound effect; [b] the music composition is in the public domain and was performed by the student or by someone who has given the student-written permission to use his/her performance; or [c] the music/sound effect was acquired/licensed by the student from a royalty-free source which does not require credits or other attribution to appear in connection with the Entry Video. Students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) must be certain that any music or sound effect conforms to all applicable requirements. Sponsor's determination as to whether any Entry Video potentially violates the rights of any third party is final.

Submissions that are deemed by the Judges in their sole discretion to be illegal, immoral, obscene, profane, or not in keeping with Sponsor's values or reputation will be disqualified. 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 student and/or his/her parent/legal guardian have not complied with these Official Rules, including without limitation the Safety Guidelines. In addition to the Sponsor’s right to do so at its discretion, the judges will also be instructed to disqualify any entry that describes dangerous conduct, stunts or tricks, conduct that could lead to physical injury, property damage, or otherwise violates or is inconsistent with these Official Rules. Other than for finalist or state merit winner notification, neither Sponsor, nor anyone acting on its behalf, will enter into any unsolicited communication with any student regarding this Contest, nor will entries be acknowledged or returned.

Participation in the Contest constitutes the student’s and his/her parent’s or guardian’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and Judges, including but not limited to Sponsor’s interpretations of these Official Rules. By entering the Contest, the student and his/her parent or guardian warrant that the student’s Entry Video does not contain confidential material, and that neither the student nor the parent or guardian is aware of any conflicting rights in the submission or claims to the submission, including but not limited to copyright, trade secret or other intellectual property rights.

Further, by participating, each student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s): (a) agrees to waive any claim for reimbursement for any equipment or materials necessary to submit an Entry Video regardless of whether or not any particular Entry Video is selected for any prize; (b) acknowledges that the material that will be submitted as part of the Contest may embody materials, suggestions, or ideas similar to those which have been developed by others or by the Contest Entities and hereby acknowledges that any similarity is purely coincidental and unavoidable in light of the volume of ideas that the Contest Entities routinely use and consider in the course of each of their business activities, and understands that he/she will not be entitled to any compensation because of use by the Contest Entities of any materials similar to those in a student’s Entry Video; (c) hereby waives any right to any claim or liability with respect to the Contest Entities’ use of similar materials; (d) acknowledges that the Sponsor is in no way obligated to broadcast, publish or use any Entry Video in any way; and (e) understands that submitting any element that is copyrighted by, or a trade secret of, another individual will result in the applicable student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) being responsible for any legal action the legal copyright or trade secret holder might take against the Releasees (as defined below in Section 11).

  1. PRIZES:


  • A grand total of $500 awarded to the winner
  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autographed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli
  • Large Solar System Poster by BOS Designs
  • The title of "Stay Home Science Fair Champion 2020"


  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autographed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli


  • 1-on-1 live video lesson on how to set up your own YouTube channel with Dr. Joe Hanson of It’s Okay To Be Smart
  • A telescope from The League of Extraordinary Scientists
  • A 30-min live video science chat with cosmologist Dr. Nick Galitzki to learn about your telescope
  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autographed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli


  • LCD Microscope from the J. Craig Venter Institute
  • A 30-min live video science chat with a microbial scientist Dr. Karen E. Nelson
  • A MOVA Globe trophy
  • Autographed Ada Lace Adventure Book signed by author Emily Calandrelli

Sponsor reserves the right to add additional prizes at any time. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, if at any time during the Entry Submission Period, the Judging or the Public Voting Period or at any time thereafter, the Sponsor determines that not enough or no eligible entries exist from which to determine finalists or any one or more of the prize winners, then the Sponsor may in its sole and exclusive discretion determine that not enough or no eligible contestants exist, and then may either suspend or terminate the Contest or modify it (or any parts thereof) in any equitable manner that the Sponsor deems appropriate in its sole and exclusive discretion, including, without limitation, by not awarding any one or more of the prizes set forth in these rules.

  1. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ADDITIONAL PRIZE DETAILS: The winners (along with their parent/legal guardian) will be notified by email (as provided on the Registration Page) in June 2020. All winners will be sent a claim form, which the winner (along with his/her parent or legal guardian) will be required to sign and return to Sponsor. Each finalist and his/her parent or legal guardian, upon being selected, must submit a completed and signed Appearance Consent and Release Form to Sponsor for the final competition and any on-air program about the competition. In addition, each finalist will be sent an affidavit/documentation of eligibility and liability release, an IRS W-9 form, and a (where legal) publicity release. Each winner (and his/her parent or legal guardian, if the potential winner is a minor) Winners will be required to complete and return any required documents within 7 days of issuance of these documents to claim the prize. If the Winner does not claim their prize or does not return the documents within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.  Failure to timely complete and return the properly signed affidavit and releases or other prize documentation and requested materials, or if a winner chooses to decline a prize for any reason, or fails to comply with any requirement of these Official Rules, may result in the prize being forfeited. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable, or inability of Sponsor to contact winner(s), may result in disqualification. In the event of disqualification, at Sponsor’s sole discretion the applicable prize/status may be awarded to an alternate winner selected from among the remaining applicable eligible entries via the means of winner determination described herein, pending verification of eligibility. No responsibility is assumed by Sponsor for any incorrect or missing postal address, email address or phone number associated with an entry, or any change of address, email or phone number of a participant after entry submission.
  2. RESTRICTIONS, RIGHTS AND RELEASE: All taxes on prizes and all expenses related to acceptance and use of the prize not specified are the sole responsibility of the applicable prize recipients (and/or their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) if prize recipient is a minor). By participating, students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) (collectively, “Participants”) agree: [a] to these rules and decisions of Sponsor and judges, which shall be final in all respects relating to the Contest; and [b] to release, discharge and hold harmless Contest Entities, MOVA International, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, together with the respective parents, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees, representatives, agents, shareholders, successors and assigns of each (aforementioned individuals and organizations collectively, the “Releasees”), from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind resulting from their participating in the Contest (including, but not limited to, traveling to, preparing for or participating in any Contest-related activity) or their acceptance, use or misuse of a prize (or any part 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. Further, by participating, Participants hereby agree 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 Releasees 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. Based on releases/affidavits and the details of the Consent Form provided, students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) agree to grant Sponsor and Promotional Partner: [a] the irrevocable and perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide right, in all media (now known or later developed) to assign, use, publish, edit, adapt, modify, alter, reproduce, distribute, broadcast, display, create derivative works or otherwise exploit all submitted materials (including but not limited to the Entry Videos, blogs/journals, and Innovations/presentations), for commercial or non-commercial use; and [b] permission to use his or her name, photograph, likeness, Entry Video, Innovation, biographical information, voice, voice likeness, and city and state address for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in all media, including but not limited to within Sponsor's and Promotional Partner’s websites in perpetuity, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and agree to execute specific consent to such use upon request if required in addition to the terms of this document. Further, by participating, each student and his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) agree not to instigate, support, maintain or authorize any action, claim, or lawsuit against any of the Releasees, on the grounds that any use of the Entry Videos, blogs/journals, Innovations/presentations, finalist videos, or any derivative works, infringes any of their rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, and moral rights. 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] late, lost, misdirected, corrupted, delayed, stolen or incomplete entries, links, emails or mail; [d] errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; [e] changes to social media platform policies and procedures that may interfere with the operation of the Contest; or [f] any condition caused by events that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted. 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 corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest, and to 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 Sponsor in its sole discretion and to award the prizes from among all eligible entries received prior to such action taking place. No prize transfer or cash redemption of non-cash prizes. No prize substitution or modification, in whole or in part, except by Sponsor due to prize unavailability, safety or security considerations, or any other reason as solely determined by Sponsor in which case a prize of comparable or greater value will be awarded. In the event of any discrepancy between the English language version of these Official Rules and any other translated versions, abbreviated versions, or Contest-related advertising or disclosures, the English language version of these Official Rules shall prevail. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) AND OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Internet entry must be made at the authorized website address of Entries may not be made by any other individual or any entity, and/or originating at any other Internet website or email address, including but not limited to commercial contest and sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering service sites. Any person who enters by any of the methods described above will be disqualified. Use of any device to automate entry is prohibited. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time in the event it is determined that the student and/or his/her parent/legal guardian have not complied with these Official Rules. The Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. By participating in this Contest, Participants agree to waive any right to claim ambiguity or any deficiency in these Official Rules or the Contest, including its administration. The Contest and Website are provided on an ‘AS IS’ basis. Releasees make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the Website or the information, content, materials, or products included on the Website. To the full extent permissible by applicable law, the Releasees disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
  3. DISPUTES/GOVERNING LAW:Except where prohibited, Participants agree that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of California; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest and in no event will Participants be permitted to obtain attorneys’ fees or other legal costs; (c) under no circumstances will Participants be permitted to obtain awards for and Participants hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased; and (d) Participants’ remedies are limited to a claim for money damages (if any) and Participants irrevocably waive any right to seek injunctive or equitable relief. 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 Releasees in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California.
  4. PRIVACY: Information submitted in connection with the Contest will be treated in accordance with these Official Rules and Sponsor’s Privacy Policy (as may be amended from time to time), located at provided, that in the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and such Privacy Policy, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall prevail.
  5. WINNERS LIST: To receive the winners’ names, mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by December 31, 2020, to: MOVA International Attn: Stay Home Science Fair. 5703 Oberlin Dr. Suite 107, San Diego, CA 92121

GENERAL SAFETY GUIDELINES: The guidelines are for your general knowledge and are not a substitute for professional advice or common sense. Be sure to thoroughly research your scientific concept prior to performing your project.

  1. Research the scientific concept thoroughly to understand any dangers involved in your demonstrations.
  2. You cannot use (i) human blood/body fluids, (ii) animals, (iii) live ammunition, firearms, or explosives, (iv) poisonous plants, or (v) radioactive material.
  3. Parts of the body are not to be placed in danger. Do not directly view the sun, infrared, or ultraviolet sources.
  4. Do not taste any non-food substance or food substance that has been subjected to possible contamination.
  5. Dress safely for your presentation (e.g., gloves, eye protection, an apron, ear protection, safety shield, etc.).
  6. Keep quantities of hazardous materials to a minimum, and always have waste containers for the disposal of such materials.
  7. Comply with all local fire and safety rules and regulations; Use caution when heating all forms of matter; always have a fire extinguisher available.
  8. Thoroughly check all motors to make sure all parts are sturdy and that safety nuts are securely fastened.
  9. Always check to see if certain elements of your demonstration require you to obtain state and/or local permits. Always obtain the necessary permits prior to conducting your demonstration.
  10. Always practice your demonstration before filming.
  11. We strongly recommend that you review the safety guidelines established by the National Science Teachers Associations at:


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