The Egg Drop Challenge – Contest Rules

Official Video Contest Rules  

The Egg Drop Challenge 


Contest Sponsors1 

The Egg Drop Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy – Jordan   

Description of Contest Objectives
The United States Embassy in Jordan is launching this contest to provide an opportunity for young Jordanian students to participate in the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, or UNVIE,2 Apollo 11 Space Camp Exchange 2020.  Students will travel to Washington, DC and Huntsville, Alabama from July 22 to August 2, 2020 to engage in space-themed educational tourism and attend the U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s Advanced Space Academy as part of the twelve-day exchange program. 

Contestants must complete “The Egg Drop Challenge,” where students make a device that can protect a raw egg that is dropped from three meters of height.  Participants will submit videos of them explaining their device, how it works, what materials they used, and show them successfully completing the challenge to be considered for the next round.  

Two students will be selected to attend U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL in the summer of 2020.  Two runners-up will win Chromebooks.  



The contest will be conducted on Facebook and YouTube; however, Facebook and YouTube are not a partner or sponsor of the contest.  Contestants are reminded that by participating in the contest and uploading content to YouTube, they are bound by Facebook and YouTube’s Terms of Service and any agreements with Facebook, YouTube or Google contained therein.   

How to Enter 

Jordanian Students must record an original video of themselves completing the egg drop experiment at home, explain your solution/contraption and the logic behind it in English.  Upload the video under your own username, captioning the video with your name or User ID, age, country of citizenship and country of residence.  The videos are considered for creativity, non-traditional problem solving, and success in completing the experiment (the egg does not break). The video submission can be uploaded in any format accepted by YouTube, but should not be longer than two minutes.  Once a video is uploaded to YouTube, it is considered a final submission and may not be modified, edited, or replaced.  Individual contestants may submit no more than one video.  Participation in this contest is automatically deemed as acceptance of these Official Contest Rules.  A submission must be an original video, taken by the contestant.   

After uploading the video, copy the link from YouTube and submit it to the provided Google form link along with the following information: (i) full name (ii) YouTube user ID, (iii) country of citizenship, (iv) country of residence, (v) preferred e-mail address, (vi) confirmation that you are between 15 and 18 years of age.   

The contest commences at «08:00 a.m.», in «January 12, 2020».  Entries may be submitted between « January 12, 2020», and « January 22, 2020». Judging begins on «January 23, 2020» and ends on «January 26, 2020. » 

Content Requirements 

  1. Submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, calls or incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion.  Submissions must conform to local law and must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating, or disrespectful to any of the Contest Sponsors, or to any groups, individuals or institutions.  Submissions must adhere both in appearance and in fact to the norms of civil discourse.  In other words, the content of all submissions must be suitable for a global, public audience.
  2.  Submissions must be original content created by contestant and must not contain any elements that are protected by someone else’s copyright or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property or proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights (except as expressly permitted below in (d)).  Contest Sponsors recognize no allowance for “fair use” of copyrighted material, nor do Contest Sponsors recognize allowance for use of licensed materials created or owned by a third party.
  3. Contest Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify, at their sole and absolute discretion, any submission that does not adhere to these criteria and to the intent and substance of these Official Contest Rules.
  4. In the event of any question or difference of views regarding compliance with, interpretation, or application of these content requirements or other provisions of these Official Contest Rules, Contest Sponsors reserve the exclusive right to resolve such questions or differences of views in their sole discretion.
  5. By submitting a video to the contest, the contestant and his or her parents/legal guardians affirm that they have obtained written consent from all individuals whose image or likeness appears in the video, and that they have obtained the necessary rights, licenses, consents, and permissions to use all material such as music, images, text and other content in the submission.  The contestant and his or her parents/legal guardians further affirm that they are prepared to provide reliable documentation of any and all such consents, licenses, etc., upon request.  Failure to obtain such rights, license consents, and permissions may result in the disqualification of the video submission at the Contest Sponsors’ sole and absolute discretion.  


Editing of Video:  All conventional video-editing techniques are allowable.  Videos may be edited through any program and in any format, but must be compressed and submitted in a format accepted by the YouTube platform. But the videos must show the experiment in its entirety and a direct connection (no cuts or edits) from the beginning of the egg dropping to the confirmation that the egg did/did not break.  



  1. Contestants must be students between the ages of 15 and 18 years on the date of entry into the contest. Parental or legal guardian consent is required. Contestants must be current or recently graduated students (not yet attending university). Contestants must be citizens of Jordan and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.  Contestants must also be residents of Jordan at the date of entry. Family members of individuals employed by or at U.S. Embassy Amman are not eligible for the contest. 
  2. The individual submitting the entry will be considered the contestant and will be the only individual eligible to compete for the prize.  Organizations are not eligible to compete for the prize, either as an entity or through representation by an individual.  In order to be eligible for the prize, the contestant must provide complete and accurate information. 
  3. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the contest:  Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the U.S. Government, or any employees, interns, directors, or officers of any agencies, companies or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation,  development, execution, and/or fulfillment of this contest, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual. 
  4. Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the contest, the contestant’s name (or User ID, if the contestant wishes to remain anonymous) and country of citizenship and country of residence may be publicly identified at the sole discretion of the contestant 


Selection of Winners 

  1. All videos are subject to pre-screening by Contest Sponsors to ensure compliance with these Official Contest Rules.  Any videos out of compliance will not be postedContest Sponsors reserve the right in their sole and absolute discretion to verify in the final analysis whether a potential finalist or potential winning video submission has fully complied with these Official Contest Rules before posting to the contest site, awarding prize, recognizing as winner, etc. 
  2. Judges: The contest jury is comprised of Public Affairs Staff Members of the U.S. Embassy in Jordan  
  3. Judging Criteria: Judges will choose eight students from the videos based on creativity, non-traditional problem solving, and success in the experiment.  The Embassy will invite them to U.S. Embassy (with their parents, at family expense) for a one-day interview/ creative problem solving competition. 


Selection Criteria: candidate must: 

– Students who are Jordanian citizens who live in Jordan and are between the ages of 15-18 years old and who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents 

be proficient in English 

demonstrate strong leadership qualities 

be interested in the topic of space and STEM 


These criteria will be judged via the videos students submit and in  interviews in which semi-finalists will participate.  


Winners: Each winner and/or finalist will be required to sign (along with parents/legal guardian) and return to Contest Sponsors a statement of eligibility and liability/publicity release, and provide a short bio (where applicable) and a brief statement about the submission; otherwise the winner or finalist will be ineligible for any prize.  The inability of Contest Sponsors to contact a potential winner may result in disqualification and/or selection of an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible submissions. 

Winners and finalists may be announced on the Embassy website and/or social media pages.  Winners and finalists may choose to use an alias publicly instead of their real name and may request other identifying information be kept private.   



  1. Two winners will be chosen to participate in UNVIE Apollo 11 Space Camp Exchange 2020, and two runners up will win a Chromebook.  Selection includes roundtrip airfare to the United States for the winners, accommodation at the camp, lodging, meals, and admittance fees to the camp provided by the U.S. Department of State. Travel insurance and visa application fees will also be covered. NOTE: Selection as a program finalist does not guarantee issuance of a visa to attend the program.  
  2. Winners have to confirm the acceptance of the prize in an email reply within three calendar days.  If the acceptance is not confirmed by the required date, the Contest Sponsors reserve the right to select an alternative winner.  Each winner must provide a valid physical mailing address where a prize, if any, is to be shipped.  Contest Sponsors are not responsible for any problems related to the shipping of any prize, including, but not limited to, theft, delay, damage, or destruction/accidental loss by the shipping carrier. 
  3. Any unused portion of the prize is not transferable, convertible, or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.  All taxes on or in connection with any prize, and the reporting consequences thereof, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the winner. 

Liability and Rights  

  1. Contest Sponsors do not endorse any submissions or messages expressed therein, and Contest Sponsors expressly disclaim any and all liability in connection with the submitted video including disputes between collaborators related to a submission. 
  2. The contest and its sponsors do not permit copyright infringing activities or infringement of any other intellectual property rights, and Contest Sponsors reserve the right to remove and disqualify any submission they deem to be in violation of another party’s copyright or other intellectual property rights. 
  3. Contestants retain sole ownership of their original work.  The submission remains the intellectual property of the contestant, and the Contest Sponsors and U.S. Government make no claim of copyright as to the work of any individual who enters the contest.  Contestant specifically agrees to give the Contest Sponsors permission to use all content submitted for purposes of judging the contest.  Finalists and/or winners will be required to grant Contest Sponsors, with proper attribution through whatever means they deem appropriate, a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sub-licensable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, and/or display the submission, in any media formats and through any media channels in perpetuity in connection with the activities and operations of the contest. 
  4. The contestant assumes sole responsibility for the contest submission and the material contained in it, and for any consequences of submitting or posting it. 
  5. Contest Sponsors reserve the right at any time to verify the validity of entries and of contestants and to disqualify any contestant or entry deemed not in compliance with these Official Contest Rules.  Contest Sponsors also reserve the right to request further documentation, at their sole and absolute discretion, to verify eligibility and compliance with these Official Contest Rules 
  6. If a prize or any portion thereof is unavailable, Contest Sponsors, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value and/or specification. 
  7. Contest Sponsors reserve the right, at any time and in their sole discretion, to disqualify and/or deem ineligible any individual who they reasonably believe (i) has violated the Official Contest Rules; (ii) has violated the terms of use of YouTube and Facebook, or (iii) is acting in a bad faith, or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. 
  8. Contest Sponsors reserve the right to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the contest at their discretion for any reason.  
  9. Contestant and his or her parents/legal guardians agree to indemnify and hold harmless Contest Sponsors, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, officers, directors, employees, interns,  and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debts, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) arising from (i) violation of these Official Contest Rules (ii) violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, intellectual property, privacy, publicity, or other proprietary right in connection with the contest; or (iii) any claim that a contest submission caused any harm, including financial, to any third party.  These indemnification and hold harmless obligations will survive indefinitely beyond the conclusion of the contest. 
  10. The conduct, judging, and awarding of prizes will be carried out in full compliance with applicable U.S. law and host country law.  In the event of a conflict between U.S. law and host country law, U.S. law shall apply. 
  11. Contest Sponsors and the U.S. Government will take reasonable measures to protect privacy data, personally identifiable information, and other sensitive data of contestants.  Contact information provided by contestants may be stored by U.S. Embassy – Jordan and may be used to contact contestants for other purposes in the future.  This information may be shared with the co-sponsors of the contest and/or be made available to third parties to the extent permitted by law.   
  12. Contest Sponsors assume no liability or responsibility for any loss or harm resulting from any user’s participation in or attempt to participate in the contest or ability or inability to upload, download, or otherwise access any information in connection with participating in the contest.  Contest Sponsors assume no responsibility or liability for technical problems, or technical malfunctions arising in connection with the operation of the contest, including: hardware or software errors; faulty computer, telephone, cable, satellite, network, electronic, wireless or Internet connectivity, or other online communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any email transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted email transmissions; inaccessibility of the contest site in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet or the contest site; unauthorized human or non-human intervention in the operation of the contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, worms; or destruction of any aspect of the contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the contest.  
  13. Use of contest site is at user’s own risk.  Contest Sponsors are not responsible for any personal injury, property damage, or losses of any kind which may be sustained to computer equipment resulting from participation in the contest, use of the contest site or the downloading of information from the contest site.  By participating in the contest, the contestant releases Contest Sponsors from any and all claims arising from or relating to such contestant’s participation in the contest, whether directly or indirectly. 
  14. Contest Sponsors are not liable in the event that any portion of the contest is cancelled or delayed due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other reason.



Contest Sponsors

[1] Throughout the contest rules, the term” sponsors” is used to represent either single or multiple sponsors, where applicable.

[2] UNVIE is a U.S. government entity.