The Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) Junior Astronauts campaign aims to inspire youth to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), with a focus on skills specifically required to become an astronaut.
By participating in this contest, organizations are deemed to have read, understood and accepted the following Terms and Conditions.
The Junior Astronauts Visits Contest (hereinafter, the Contest) is for schools and organizations that cater to youth enrolled in grades 6 to 9 (Grade 6 to Secondary 3 in Quebec) (hereinafter the Organization, or Organizations).
Eligible Organizations are invited to register online and complete at least one of the suggested activities in one of the three streams that have been identified to capture the main skillsets required of astronauts:
- Science and Technology
- Fitness and Nutrition
- Teamwork and Communication
Activities from each of these streams are designed, and curriculum aligned where possible, to help teachers and youth leaders integrate them into their lesson plans and activities for students.
Organizations are invited to share a video (see below) of the activity, once completed, as well as fill in a short questionnaire.
At least two Organizations per province and territory will be chosen through a random draw to receive a visit by an astronaut and/or space expert to the Organization's location.
Who can participate?
Any organization that:
- Is a recognized Canadian public or private school or an organization offering services or activities to youth in grades 6 to 9 (Grade 6 to Secondary 3 in Quebec); and
- Is located in one of the ten provinces or three territories of Canada.
- Parents wishing to run the activities with their children at home and organizations that cater to youth outside the targeted group can still register to receive and run the activities. However, they will not be eligible to apply for the Contest to receive an astronaut and/or space expert visit.
- Organizations may be asked to confirm the participation of youth in these Organizational activities if they are applying to the Junior Astronauts Recruitment. For more information, please refer to the Junior Astronaut Recruitment Terms and Conditions (to come).
How can I participate?
Eligible Organizations must visit the Junior Astronauts web pages and follow the on-screen directions to complete the online registration. The Organizations' representatives will be prompted to set up a username and password for themselves during this process.
Once they are registered, a confirmation email will be sent, and Organizations will be provided with links to the activity modules for the three streams in fall .
Organizations are required to run at least one activity in any of the three streams by . Every stream that an Organization participates in, regardless of the number of activities per stream, provides another entry into the draw for an astronaut and/or space expert visit. Thus, the more streams an Organization participates in, the more chance they have of winning a visit, to a maximum of 3 chances.
Eligibility for the Contest will depend on proof of the activity being run with youth of grades 6 to 9 (Grade 6 to Secondary 3 in Quebec) in the form of a video posted on social media (as described in the video requirements).
Entries will be accepted from 12:00 p.m. (ET) on , to at 11:59 p.m. (PT).
It is the Organization's sole responsibility to ensure that any entries for the draw have been submitted for each stream of participation within the prescribed time frame.
When applying, Organizations agree and certify that:
- the information, statements and documents submitted are complete, true and accurate;
- in the event of a discrepancy or contradiction, these Terms and Conditions take precedence over all other documents pertaining to the Contest;
- the CSA may, at any time and at its sole discretion, cancel, modify, extend or suspend the Contest. In such a case, no liability will be incurred by the CSA;
- the CSA may, at any time and at its sole discretion, reject any application that fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions; attempts to participate in the Contest in any manner or by any means other than those described in these Terms and Conditions; or attempts to disrupt the Contest or circumvent any rule in these Terms and Conditions;
- the CSA may, at any time and at its sole discretion, reject any application if the Organization's interests or values are deemed inappropriate;
- the CSA cannot be held responsible for any rejected, lost or delayed applications, or any delay or problem in the sending, processing, receiving or review of applications;
- the CSA may, at any time, verify the Organization's eligibility;
- the CSA may, at any time, require the Organization to provide it with any original document or additional information in order to verify its application; and
- they comply with all Canadian legislation as well as these Terms and Conditions;
Create a video showcasing the Junior Astronauts activity and stream that was run at the Organization and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube using #JuniorAstronauts and #AstronautesJuniors, and tagging the Canadian Space Agency related accounts (see below), where applicable.
Through the entry form in your Junior Astronauts account, provide the private or public link to your video posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube.
- Videos must be presented in English or French.
- Videos must be no longer than one (1) minute in length.
- Videos must be accessible to the CSA for entry and must be in the form of a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or YouTube post. Entries will be declared invalid if they are posted as an Instagram or Facebook story.
- Video entries will be declared invalid if they are late, illegible, incomplete, irregular, forged, garbled or reproduced.
- Video entries will be declared invalid if any third-party trademarks, brands and/or logos, such as those of sports teams, businesses, restaurants or coffee chains, are used or displayed, either in a photograph, a drawing, or in a piece of creative writing, or in any part of the video, obviously or subliminally.
- Video entries will be declared invalid if they negatively depict another person, nation, country, ethnicity, race, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
- Video entries will be declared invalid if they contain content deemed offensive or inappropriate, including but not limited to nudity, vulgarity and violence.
There is no fee to enter this Contest, and no purchase is necessary. However, participating Organizations are fully responsible for all expenses incurred in connection with their participation in the Contest, including submitting their application, preparing and conducting the activities, and preparing and submitting their video entry.
Only the individuals for whom the submitting Organization has obtained consent release forms (Word, 331 KB), (signed by the parents / legal guardians in the event of minors), can appear in the video. No other individuals should be filmed.
Note: The CSA may require the Organization to provide the originals of the signed consent forms at any time during the Contest. Organizations are therefore required to retain all original signed consent forms. Failing to provide those original documents or send them within the required time frame will result in the rejection of the Organization's entry.
Upon request, accommodations will be made, on a case-by-case basis, for participants with accessibility or other needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Privacy notice statement
The collection and use of personal information is required for the Junior Astronauts contest to win a visit from a CSA astronaut or representative. The CSA will use personal information for the purpose of determining contest eligibility and contacting the winning organizations. The personal information collected is described in the Outreach Activities Personal Information Bank (PSU 938).
All personal information you provide is protected pursuant to the Privacy Act. In accordance with the Privacy Act, participants may contact the Canadian Space Agency's Access to Information and Privacy Office to access their personal information or to report incorrect information.
At least two prizes per province and territory will be awarded through random draw and the valid answering to a skill testing question will be required. The chances of winning will depend on the number of entries received.
The selection process will consist in the CSA drawing entry ballots from each stream of participation and validating completeness and eligibility. A complete application for draw entry includes:
- the duly completed entry form;
- a confirmation video that meets the video requirements set out in these Terms and Conditions; and
- the duly completed follow-up satisfaction and demographics questionnaire on the activity.
If the randomly drawn entry does not meet the entry requirements (above), subsequent draws will be made as needed until all Organization entries drawn meet these requirements.
Each Organization can only win one visit.
The CSA will provide each winning Organization with:
- An in-person visit by a CSA astronaut and/or space expert to the Organization's location; and
- Display of the winning Organizations on the CSA's website after the draw. Videos may be taken and shared during the astronaut and/or space expert visit.
No correspondence will be made between the CSA and participant Organizations except with the confirmed winners.
Prize disclaimerPrizes are offered by the CSA. Prizes must be accepted as awarded – no substitution, transfers or exchanges will be permitted. The prize has no cash redemption value. Prizes must be accepted as described in these Terms and Conditions and cannot be transferred to another individual or organization. Prizes will be awarded only on verification by the CSA that all requirements have been met by the potential winner. If for any reason a selected entrant cannot be reached through the contact information provided, or does not respond within five (5) business days of being contacted, or if there is any reason a winner cannot accept the prize as awarded, its entry will be declared null and void, and another selection will be made among the remaining entries.
Release and exclusion of liability
By entering or attempting to enter the Junior Astronauts – Visits Contest, each entrant and/or purported entrant agrees: to release, discharge, and forever hold harmless Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada, the CSA and its respective officers, directors, employees and agents from any and all claims, actions, damages, injuries, demands, manner of actions, causes of action, suits, debts, duties, accounts, bonds, covenants, warranties, indemnities, or claims over, contracts and liabilities of whatever nature or kind arising out of, or in connection with the entrant's participation or attempted participation in this Contest, including but not limited to the organization and conduct of the activities, preparation or publication of the video entry and use of external websites or social media platforms. The CSA will not be responsible for lost, incomplete, late or misdirected video entries, or for any failure of its website or for any issues in connection with the YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram platforms.
The CSA will not be responsible for any technical malfunction or other problems with any telephones networks or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software, or for any Internet technical problems or traffic congestion.
Winners listA list of the winning Organizations will be posted on the CSA's Junior Astronauts website after all winners have been confirmed.
French and English are the official languages of Canada. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the vitality and development of English- and French-language minority communities in Canada and encouraging full recognition of the use of French and English in Canadian society. Organizations can apply, and require that they be contacted and served, in the official language of their choice.
For more information on the Contest, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at: email@example.com.
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