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A Video Challenge for High School Students

Challenge Rules


  1. All students who are enrolled in high school in the United States are eligible to participate in the challenge. Equivalent level home-schooled students (over 13 years of age) are also eligible.
  2. Participants must identify and include the name and contact information of a team advisor, who is a teacher/faculty member in their school/home school and over 18 years of age.
  3. All entrants (team members and team advisor) must each provide a unique and valid email address. In case of dispute as to identity of entrant, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address.
  4. The team members and team advisor warrant that any person whose image is identifiable in the entered video has signed a release or permission sufficient to grant RCSB PDB the rights in the video granted in these Official Rules. The team will furnish a copy of such release or permission upon request; failure to do so by a winning entrant may result in disqualification of the entry.
  5. High school students whose immediate family members are employees of RCSB PDB are not eligible to participate in this challenge. The term "immediate family" includes parents, siblings and grandparents, whether by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.

  6. Video entry

  7. The video entry must include the visualization/animation of two or more molecular structures from the Protein Data Bank to illustrate the HIV/AIDS story being told.
  8. In addition to PDB structure visualization/animation, creative drawings or models (using any medium) and enactments of the topic being discussed in the video are allowed and encouraged.
  9. The video entry should be at most 2 minutes long. While videos up to 4 minutes long may qualify for the competition, only contents of the first 2 minutes will be used for judging.
  10. The video entry should have a title that is interesting and descriptive of the contents.
  11. The video must credit all PDB IDs, citations, review articles and any other sources were used to gather information for creating the video.
  12. All images of molecular structures and animations used in the video should be original and not copied from a publication or any other sources.
  13. No copyrighted soundtracks may be used in the video.
  14. Language used both in the soundtrack and/or text on the screen should be respectful to all individuals and institutions.
  15. Aside from uploading original videos, any other form of entry (such as automatic, programmed or robotic) is prohibited.
  16. Video entries that do not adhere to the provided rules and guidelines will be disqualified from the competition.
  17. The RCSB PDB is not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, website, Internet, or ISP unavailability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of entry information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one's ability to enter this challenge, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participating in or downloading any materials for this challenge.

  18. Judging

  19. One winner and two runners-up will be selected by a panel of expert judges. Entries with any major scientific inaccuracies will not qualify for the award.
  20. In addition, there will be a Viewers' Choice category for a favorite video. Entries with any major scientific inaccuracies will not qualify for the award.
  21. A selection of scientifically accurate videos will be forwarded to the AIDS Education Training Center (AETC) National Resource Center for consideration as material for training health care professionals, patients and their families. Selected entries may receive separate recognition.
  22. All awardees will receive certificates of recognition and will be featured in the RCSB PDB Newsletter's Education Corner. No other prize will be awarded.

  23. Additional Information

  24. The organizer (RCSB PDB) reserves the right to cancel or modify this challenge in the event that an insufficient number of entries are received that meet the minimum judging criteria.
  25. No purchase is necessary to participate or win in this challenge.
  26. By participating in this challenge, the team members and team advisors agree to be bound by these Official Rules and agree to release and hold harmless RCSB PDB from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, or participation in challenge, or participation in any challenge-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.
  27. Potential winners will be notified by e-mail on or about June 11, 2014, and may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release/Prize Acceptance Form within forty eight (48) hours of attempted notification. Each participant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. If the winner cannot be contacted within [2] calendar days of first notification attempt, if prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Promotion Official Rules, such prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible entries. Judges' and RCSB PDB's decisions are final on all matters.
  28. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission by winner to use of his/her name, for educational, promotional or other purposes that support the mission of RCSB PDB without compensation (unless prohibited by law).
  29. If any entrant attempts to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the video challenge, RCSB PDB reserves the right to seek damages from the entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Updated on 2/25/14