The Fine Print

Our lawyers want you to read this.

You know how engineers are meticulous and detailed-oriented? You should see our lawyers.

Here’s what they want you to see:

  • Schools may submit multiple entries in both divisions. Proposals must reflect students’ own research, writing and original thinking. If necessary by school rules, permission to submit an entry must be obtained from the principal, superintendent or school board.
  • By making a submission, the entrant agrees to abide by all competition rules.
  • Previous grand prize winners shall be ineligible to be considered as a grand prize winner in the next succeeding competition cycle. A past grand prize winner may be selected as an honorable mention or runner-up, but may not be awarded the top honor. The division winner can also skip a cycle and submit in the subsequent cycle, at its choice.
  • The Burns & McDonnell Foundation (“the foundation”) is not responsible for entries not received due to lost, failed, delayed or interrupted connections or miscommunications, and/or other delivery malfunctions. Furthermore, the foundation is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by persons entering information or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the competition or by any human error that may occur in the processing of the entries in this competition.
  • The contents of a submission may be used for promotion, editorial, advertising, marketing and other similar purposes by the foundation or by Science City without further notice or any compensation.
  • The foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this competition for any reason beyond the control of the foundation that corrupts the administration, security or proper operation of the competition. The foundation also reserves its right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the competition or to be acting in violation of these rules, or otherwise in a disruptive or unethical manner.
  • Entrants agree by making a submission that the ideas, concepts and graphics included in the design are original and the result of independent creative thought and do not infringe upon any property rights of others, including any patents, trademarks or copyrights. Entrants must also certify that all information is true and be willing to provide verification.
  • The foundation reserves its right to modify the rules without materially affecting the terms and conditions hereof, without notice to entrants. Entrants have the responsibility to check the competition website by September 1, 2017 for any updates to the rules.
  • School groups who do not complete a submittal are not eligible for limited quantity incentives, including teacher gifts, if any.
  • All decisions of the foundation with respect to any aspect of this competition, including without limitation the eligibility of entries, are final and binding on all entrants in all matters as they relate to this competition.
  • Entrants agree that the foundation has the sole right to determine the finalists and winners of the competition in each division, and all matters or disputes arising from the competition, and that the foundation’s determination is final and binding. It is solely at the discretion of the foundation to judge the degree to which an entry is competitive with other entries, as well as whether it meets eligibility rules. The foundation reserves the right to declare no winners for this competition, or in any division, in which case the money shall be donated to Science City.
  • No award substitutions, modifications or transfers are permitted after the deadline for submissions except for good cause and at the sole discretion of the foundation.
  • Any federal, state and local taxes on prizes/awards are the sole responsibility of the winners.
  • All entries become the property of the foundation and will not be returned. Any information, ideas or concepts submitted by an entrant may be used in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition or exhibit, in whole or in part, and in any related publication regardless of final determination of winners. Use of any portion of a submission as described above shall not entitle the entrant to any portion of the grant.
  • A selection of entries from each division may be retained, with all school-specific identification deleted, for use as representative examples for improving future processing of entries.
  • Winners may be required to complete and return a non-disclosure agreement and an affidavit of eligibility and confirmation of originality/copyright release. The name and likeness of finalists may be used in promotions about the awards without compensation.
  • All intellectual property, including but not limited to trade-marks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations contained in the submissions of finalists shall become the property of the foundation. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of the foundation is strictly prohibited.

“A popular buzz phrase in education is ‘authentic audience.’ BOTB provides my students with purpose – they know that ACTUAL engineers are going to be looking at their ideas and that motivates them to put in tremendous amounts of effort.”

Jennifer Medina, Cordill Mason Elementary