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Registration Extended For NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

By SpaceRef Editor
December 20, 2012
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Registration Extended For NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest

The 2012 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest registration deadline has been extended until Jan. 10, 2013. Students who wish to participate in the contest must register by Jan. 10 and upload their video submissions by Jan. 31, 2013.

The NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest is held each year to show students that NASA technologies developed for applications in space can be modified for use in many products they use daily, improving the quality of their lives. The contest is based on Hasbro’s popular TRANSFORMERS character OPTIMUS PRIME.

Each video submission allows students the opportunity to describe their favorite story from the most current edition of NASA’s annual Spinoff publication. This year’s contest will feature stories from the 2011 edition of Spinoff.

Submissions to the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest consist of three-minute videos that should demonstrate an understanding of the NASA technology and its mission application as described in the story, as well as the commercial application and public benefit. Submitted videos will be posted online, where the public will be encouraged to vote for their favorites in the preliminary round of judging.

The top five submissions based on the public voting results in each of three grade categories will advance to a final judging round. A NASA panel of judges will select the winning entry in each age category. The students submitting the winning entries will be the guests of honor at the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest awards ceremony in May 2013. While there the students will receive the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest trophy and have the opportunity to meet NASA VIPs, astronauts and actor Peter Cullen, who voices the character OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. (c) 2012 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

For more information, and to register for the contest, please visit the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest Web site at:

For more information about NASA’s Spinoff publication, please visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.