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Discovery Science Center, Broadcom Foundation and Marvel Studios, along with Visa Signature and the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, are proud to team up to sponsor a nationwide Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR in conjunction with the May 3rd release of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey Jr.
6th – 9th Grade Students from across the United States are being asked to produce innovative, inventive projects based on themes from Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” —science, technology, engineering and math-related concepts and practices. Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR competition is encouraging students to submit projects that align with the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) Grand Challenges for EngineeringTM.
Some of the themes of the NAE Grand Challenges related to Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” are: (1) Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods, including projects involving themes of eco-friendly car development; (2) Engineer Better Medicines, with projects that focus on global disease prevention, limb regeneration and the study of body armor that protects injured body parts such as the heart; (3) Secure Cyberspace, inspiring projects that can lead to the development of new technologies that can redefine innovative security measures; and (4) Engineer the Tools of Scientific Discovery, in fields such as micro-technology, aeronautics or robotics. For more information, go to www.engineeringchallenges.org.
12 Finalists of the Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR will win a trip to Southern California, provided by Visa Signature. The trip includes final judging, a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney Studios, a meeting with Disney Imagineers, a trip to Disneyland, a visit to Discovery Science Center, and more! INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR finalists will also have their projects on display at the famous El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, from May 3rd – June 20th. The competition concludes at the El Capitan Theatre on May 3rd when four Grand Prize winners will accept their awards at a special ceremony, on stage prior to the showing of Marvel’s “Iron Man 3.”
Questions can be sent to ScienceFair@discoverycube.org or call (714)263-3827.
TIMELINE & REGISTRATION*:
Participating student(s) must be entered in the 2012-2013 school year as a 6-9 grade student. In order to qualify to participate in the IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR, you must meet the following criteria and adhere to the process listed below:
Step One: COMPLETE THE APPLICATION
Students must complete an online “APPLICATION” form on or before March 20, 2013. Participants must have permission from their legal guardian to participate. Application forms must include a picture of your completed project. Videos of you making and/or explaining your project may also be submitted (see “criteria” for video requirements). Please contact Jenny Schroeder (714) 263-3827 if you have trouble accessing the forms or if you have any questions. You will receive an automatic email response confirming your form has been submitted.
*Registration is Closed*
Step Two: PRIMARY JUDGING
Discovery Science Center will conduct a primary-judging of APPLICATIONS as they are submitted and select which projects will proceed to secondary judging. Judging criteria will be based on: 40% Knowledge of Topic; 20% Evidence of Research; 25% Creativity; 15% Display board. Participants will receive an email from Discovery Science Center informing them whether they are eligible to proceed in the competition. Once a student’s Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR project as described on the “APPLICATION” form has been accepted by the primary-judging process the student will be required to complete the “AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE” form (step three) before they can advance to the secondary-judging round.
Step Three: AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE FORM
The students selected as semi-finalists must submit a completed “AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE” form. It must be signed by the student’s legal guardian and returned via email, fax, or mail. Please contact Jenny Schroeder (714) 263-3827 if you have trouble accessing the forms or if you have any questions. You will receive an email confirmation once your AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE form has been received. Applicants cannot proceed to step four without having submitted this form.
Fax: (714) 263-3902
Discovery Science Center
Attn: Jenny Schroeder
2500 N Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Step Four: SCHEDULE SECONDARY JUDGING
Once the semi-finalist receives confirmation from Discovery Science Center that their “AUTHORIZATION AND RELEASE” form has been received they will be scheduled a date and time for the judging of his/her Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR project via Skype or a similar online interview. Online interviews will take place April 1-11, 2013. Efforts will be made to accommodate the student’s schedule and ability to communicate long-distance with judge(s), however, in the event that such an arrangement is not possible, the semi-finalist will forfeit their position in the competition. Interviews will be scheduled upon receipt of the Authorization and Release form; therefore those who turn their forms in quickly will receive priority scheduling. If a participant misses the judging component, they forfeit their ability to continue their participation in Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATOR FAIR.
Step Five: JUDGING & PRIZES
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules/Entry Procedures and the decisions of the Judges and the contest administrator, which will be final in all respects. Twelve finalists will be selected to advance to the final judging round. Judging criteria will be based on: 40% Knowledge of Topic; 20% Evidence of Research; 20% Creativity; 10% Interview skills; 10% Display board. The anticipated date of announcing the finalists will be April 14th, 2013. Finalists will receive an email from Discovery Science Center informing them that they have been selected to advance to the final judging round. These finalists, each with one chaperone, will receive the following: round trip coach airfare from winner’s hometown to Los Angeles, California for the winner and their chaperone, along with their Marvel’s IRON MAN 3: INVENTOR & INNOVATIOR FAIR projects (anticipated arrival is April 29, departing on May 4, 2013), and 5 night double-occupancy, standard hotel accommodations at a Sponsor-selected hotel of in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, organized meals provided, and ground transportation during their stay. Approximate retail value (ARV) of this Finalist prize is $1400.00 per person which may vary depending upon point of departure and seasonal fluctuation of hotel rates and airfares. Any difference between stated ARV and actual value of Grand Prize will not be awarded. All expenses not specifically mentioned in this paragraph are not included and are solely the winner’s responsibility, including but not limited to: round-trip transportation between winner’s residence and the airport of origin, excess luggage fees, food other than scheduled meals, gratuities, insurance for travel protection, laundry service, merchandise, room service, service charges, souvenirs, other optional activities, additional taxes and telephone calls. No additional layovers, extensions or modifications are included.
A VIP panel of judges will select four Grand Prize winners from the twelve finalists’ projects on April 30, 2013. The twelve finalists’ projects will be on display at the El Capitan Theatre located at 6838 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 from May 3rd – June 20th, 2013 during the run of the movie: IRON MAN 3.
All finalists must commit to attending the Opening Show/Award Ceremony of IRON MAN 3 at the El Capitan Theatre on May 3, 2013 at 4:30PM and agree to be interviewed for the purpose of this competition by the panel of VIP judges, as well as any Walt Disney Studios and/or Marvel Studios and/or any other media personnel on or off camera. Each finalist, plus their adult chaperone, will be invited to attend the May 3rd opening day showing of IRON MAN 3. In addition, the teacher or education advisor of the finalists will receive an iPAD 4, courtesy of the Broadcom Foundation in recognition of their support of STEM education.