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2020 Video Challenge for High School Students

Molecular Mechanisms
of Opioid Action


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 are also eligible.
  2. The challenge is open to individual students and to teams comprised of maximum of four students
  3. 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.
  4. All entrants (team members and team advisor) must each provide a unique and valid email address.
  5. Each entrant/team member under 18 years of age must provide the Permission Form upon submission signed by the parent or legal guardian.
  6. The teams/participants have to provide the signed Actor Release Form upon submission for each actor in the Video Entry (including voice) who is not a team member. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of the entry.
  7. 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.

  8. Video entry

  9. The video entry should have a title that represents its story.
  10. The entry should tell a coherent story that incorporates the molecular and public health components.
  11. The video entry must include the visualization/animation of at least ONE molecular structure. Students can choose relevant structures from the PDB archive or use suggested examples included in the Learn section in Table 1 and Table 2.
  12. All images of molecular structures and animations used in the video should be either originally created by the entrant(s), or distributed under the Creative Commons License (e.g. Molecule of the Month images) with proper attribution.
  13. The story part of the video should not exceed 2 minutes. While videos up to 4 minute long may qualify for the competition, only contents of the first 2 minutes will be used for judging.
  14. The video must credit all PDB IDs, citations, review articles and any other sources that were used to gather information for creating the video. The end credits can run in addition to the 2 minutes allotted for the story telling part.
  15. Each video should end with the RCSB PDB-101 branding slide.
  16. No copyrighted soundtracks may be used in the video.
  17. Language used both in the soundtrack and/or text on the screen should be respectful to all individuals and institutions.
  18. Video entries that do not adhere to the provided rules and guidelines will be disqualified from the competition.
  19. 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.

  20. Entry Submission and Judging

  21. The team must register their video for the challenge between January 14, 2020 and April 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm PST. Any entries registered past this point will not be qualified to be judged.
  22. One winner and two runners-up will be selected by a panel of expert judges. The videos will be scored based on the criteria listed in this document. Entries with any major scientific inaccuracies will not qualify for the award.
  23. 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.
  24. All awardees will be recognized on and, receive certificates of recognition, and will be featured in the RCSB PDB Newsletter. No other prize will be awarded.

  25. Additional Information

  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. Potential winners will be notified by e-mail on or about May 19, 2020. 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 notification is returned as undeliverable, if winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Challenge 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.
  29. 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).
  30. 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.

As of 09/17/19