Frequently Asked Questions

K12 Innovation Challenge

One proposal can be submitted per student or team.

Parents or guardians of students under age 13 must register on behalf of their student.

Students can enter individually or team up with one or two students and join together.

Please ensure each team member registers and lists the other team member’s names and that each member’s registration includes the same pitch.

To enter the competition, you must initially register and submit a 6–7 sentence pitch of your proposal idea by January 16, 2024. Upon registering, we recommend working on your full-length proposal and submitting it as soon as possible. All proposals must be received no later than 11:59 PM (ET) on January 31, 2024.

Proposals can be submitted in Word or PPT format. Google Docs or Slides are also acceptable. Proposal templates can be accessed here.

In-Focus Photography Competition

All entries are prescreened prior to showing in the gallery. We ensure all entries meet the guidelines for the competition before approving. The approval process can take up to five business days, so if you do not see your submission right away do not be alarmed.  

You will receive an email from [email protected] notifying you when your entry has been approved. Should you have any additional questions, you can reach out to the competitions team at [email protected] 

You can submit one entry per category―DSLR Lens Master, Smartphone Shots, Film Photography― for up to three total entries. All entries must be received during the Competition Entry Period. ordion Content

Parents or guardians of students under the age of 13 must submit entries on behalf of their student. 

Yes, your photo can be in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format and should not exceed 50MB in size. Photo must be taken by you as the entrant, and can be in color or black and white, and should be uploaded in compliance with the competition requirements.  

By submitting your photo in the competition, you consent to assign and transfer all rights, title, and interest in and to the photo, including, without limitation, all copyrights to K12 (Sponsor). The Sponsor may publish and/or promote photo, or a portion of a photo. If a photo, or a portion of photo is selected for publication and/or promotional purposes, it does not imply that it is a winning photo in this competition. 

Winners will be announced in early January 2024 after the conclusion of our judging period. Winners will be notified by email, or telephone, and/or U.S. mail within 5 business days of the Winner Reveal and may be required to fill out some requirement paperwork within seven days of the date specified on notification, along with some sort of video testimonial about your competition experience, or an alternate winner may be determined. 

At the conclusion of the competition, a panel of judges will determine a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner in each grade band (Kindergarten–2nd, 3rd–5th, 6th–8th, 9th–12th) in each category; DSLR Lens Master, Smartphone Shots, and Film Photography. Public voting will determine one People’s Choice winner across all categories in each grade band (Kindergarten–2nd, 3rd–5th, 6th–8th, 9th–12th). 

The best way to contact our competitions team is to email [email protected] 

Voting for the People’s Choice Award for the 2023 In Focus Photography Competition will open on November 1, 2023 after we have received all entries. Entries will go through an initial round of judging to ensure the photo has not been plagerized and meets the eligibility criteria. Once voting is open, to vote for a photo you will click ‘Photo Contest’ < 2023 Photo Contest Submissions and Gallery < hover over the photo you would like to vote for and select the vote for this photo option. Only one vote per person is permitted.

K12 Robotics League

This may be due to the age you are entering if your student is under 13 years of age. Please ensure that if your student is under the age of 13, you as the parent are filling out the registration form for your student and that you are inputting your age as the parent or guardian.

Yes! If you are registering as an individual, we will pair you with a “RoboBuddy”.  

No, the Cogmation robotics software is only compatible with Windows PC at this time.  

We are finalizing dates for instructor training, and will have more details posted on our robotics landing page at the end of October. We will also be sure to email out all details regarding instructor training to participants and instructors once the schedule is finalized.