Scientific American Iron Egghead Video Contest -- Discussions

The first 100 qualified submissions will receive a digital subscription to Scientific American, with access to an archive going back to 1993 plus the Tablet edition for the iPad.

**DEADLINE EXTENDED to December 17, 2012**

Can you explain science in a creative and interesting way? Scientific American is in search of science enthusiasts who want to help people understand a part, process or system of the human body through video.

Our "Iron Egghead Video Contest" limits contestants to only a handful of props to get their concept across. Videos must feature but are limited to the following props: paper (or other writing surface), writing implement, rubberbands, paper clips, string, cups, balls and yourself/yourselves.

Scientific American is pleased to announce The Iron Egghead Video Contest, in partnership with SciVee. The contest is open to videos that explain a part, process or system of the human body in 2 minutes or less.

Judge's Award: A panel of judges selected by Scientific American will judge the entries, and announce the winners in January of 2013. Videos will be judged on adherence to video guidelines, overall impact, scientific content, concept/originality, entertainment value, and production quality.

Viewer's Choice Award: Visitors to can vote on their favorite video. To vote for your choice go to the category by clicking the link to the right. Make sure you are logged into the SciVee site and then view the videos. Click the star rating you prefer under each video that you review. A "Thank You for Voting" notice will appear, and your vote will be recorded toward the total for the Viewer's Choice award. You may only vote once for each video.

Winning entries will be recognized, featured and promoted on the Scientific American web site.

Video Guidelines:

  1. The video must explain a part, process or system of the human body in 2 minutes or less
  2. It must include, but is limited to, the following props:
    • Yourself/Yourselves
    • Paper (or another equivalent writing surface)
    • Writing implement (eg pen, pencil, crayon, etc.)
    • Rubberbands
    • Paper clips
    • String (or yarn, wire, etc.)
    • Cups (eg paper, styrofoam, ceramic, etc.)
    • Balls (eg ping pong ball, tennis ball, basketball, etc.)
  3. There is no limit to the number of these items contestants can use

Credit: Phillip Yam

Here’s how to upload your video:

  1. Go to and login to Scivee or register if you're not already a user.
  2. Follow the video upload process:
    • Mark your entry as a "video only."
    • Give your video a title, a short description, list the authors and add tag SciAm2012 to get your video entered into the contest.
    • Choose the appropriate audience and subject areas.
  3. Click finish and you'll be automatically entered into the contest. It's that easy!

Contest Official Rules:


  1. ELIGIBILITY: The Iron Egghead Video Contest ("Promotion") is open to users of and who are 18 and over and are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (excluding residents of Puerto Rico). Employees of ("Sponsor"), its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies and their family/household members (defined as parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents) are not eligible to enter. This Promotion is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall be construed in accordance with U.S. law. Void outside the 50 US and DC, in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited by law. All Federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

  2. HOW TO ENTER: Promotion begins on Monday, June 25, 2012, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at 11:59 PM ET. To enter the Promotion, visit or The Iron Egghead video contest invites entrants to create a two-minute video that explains a part, process or system of the human body. The video must use—and is limited to—the following items: yourself/yourselves; a writing surface; a writing implement; rubberbands; paperclips; string; cup; ball.

    - Submit your video entry of two (2) minutes or less in duration by uploading your original video in at the Site. To upload a video:

    - Go to and login to Scivee or register if you're not already a user.

    - Follow the video upload process:

    1. Mark your entry as a "video only."
    2. Give your video a title, a short description, and list the authors and add tag SciAm2012 to get your video entered into the contest.
    3. Choose the appropriate audience and subject areas.

    - Click finish and you'll be automatically entered into the contest.

    Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify this Promotion in the event that an insufficient number of entries are received that meet the minimum judging criteria.

    By submitting an original video, entrant represents and warrants that the video is entrant’s own creation and is 100% original work; is not subject to, and does not infringe upon, the rights of any third parties, including without limitation privacy or publicity rights; and is not defamatory, obscene or otherwise illegal. The entrant further represents and warrants that any person whose image is identifiable in the entered video has signed a release or permission sufficient to enable the entrant to grant Sponsor the rights in the video granted in these Official Rules. Entrant will furnish Sponsor a copy of such release or permission upon request; failure to do so by a winning entrant may result in disqualification and selection of another winner in his/her place.

    Entrants not complying with these requirements will be subject to disqualification. All entrants must have a valid email address. In case of dispute as to identity of entrant, entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational, institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses or the domain associated with the submitted email address. Any other attempted form of entry is prohibited; no automatic, programmed; robotic or similar means of entry are permitted. Sponsor, and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners and promotion and advertising agencies are 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 Promotion, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Promotion or downloading any materials in this Promotion. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned.

  3. JUDGING/WINNER: All entries will be viewed and judged by Sponsor on or about December 31, 2012. Prize winners will be selected on the basis of whether they followed video guidelines in using the items (their own selves; a writing surface; a writing implement; rubberbands; paperclips; string; cup; ball) in the video, how well they explained the topic, concept/originality, entertainment value, and production quality. Potential winner will be notified by e-mail on or about Nov. 15, 2012, and may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release/Prize Acceptance Form within fourteen (14) days of attempted notification. 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 [7] calendar days of first notification attempt, if prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Promotion Official Rules, such prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. JUDGES’ DECISIONS ARE FINAL ON ALL MATTERS.

  4. WINNING ENTRIES: There will be one winner and two runners up selected by the judges. In addition, there will be a Viewers' Choice category for a favorite video.There will be no award or prize other than recognition by the judges and/or readers and the posting of the video(s) online.

  5. RIGHTS IN ENTRIES: By submitting an original video and entering the Promotion, entrant grants Sponsor and SciVee the right in perpetuity to publish, use, edit, adapt and/or modify his/her original video in any way for any and all purposes, including but not limited to advertisements, publicity and/or marketing in any and all media worldwide without further compensation to or permission from entrant (except where prohibited), and with or without credit to entrant, at Sponsor’s or SciVee's sole discretion. Entrant understands and agrees that by submitting a video through, entrant is also agreeing to use of his/her video by SciVee, Inc. in accordance the Terms of Use posted to that website.

  6. GENERAL: Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission by winner to use of his/her name, photograph and/or likeness for advertising, publicity and promotion purposes without compensation (unless prohibited by law). Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, late, lost, stolen, damaged, mutilated, illegible, postage-due or misdirected entries or mail. By participating in this Promotion, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotions agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors, 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 Promotion, or participation in any Promotion-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.


  7. Name of winner will be posted at and on, on or about January 1, 2013.
  8. SPONSOR: Scientific American, Inc. 75 Varick St., 9th Floor, New York, NY 10013.



Chad Cohen Emmy-award winning science documentary producer, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Channel and WGBH/NOVA.


Joanne Manaster Cell and molecular biology lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Scientific American network blogger for PsiVid, a video-based blog.


John P. Moore Professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College and a member of editorial boards of several journals.


Eric R. Olson Video editor and producer, Scientific American.


Ivan Oransky Executive editor of Reuters Health and adjunct professor at New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. A founder of the Retraction Watch and Embargo Watch blogs.


Kirsten Sanford Science media personality and a specialist in learning and memory, hosts the This Week in Science (TWIS) podcast and radio show. She has worked for OnNetworks, Revision3, The Video Project, The Science Channel, TWiT.TV, and has appeared on CBS's "The Doctors."