LabX Plastic Games - Full Guidelines, Rules and Procedures

Please review the following guidelines for the LabX Plastic Games (“Games”). By submitting content for the Games, all participants acknowledge they have read and understood the terms and conditions laid out below.

Who can participate?

  • The Games are open to anyone 18 years of age or older. We welcome collaborative submissions if individuals want to form teams, but please abide by relevant social distancing guidelines in your community.
  • An individual or team should provide only one submission per challenge.
  • Staff and family members of the National Academy of Sciences are encouraged to participate in the Games, however they will be ineligible to win prizes. It is the responsibility of participants to provide this information to LabX.

What can’t I/we include in our submissions?

  • Do not include copyrighted media like music, voiceovers, visual art, or trademarks created or owned by third parties unless you have written permission from the copyright holder. 

How and when should I/we submit our video or photo?

  • Submissions are due by 5 pm Eastern Time on Sundays during the competition. Winners for that week will be announced the following day. While participants are allowed to submit content after the deadline, these submissions will not be considered for prizes. 
  • All submissions must be posted either on Twitter with the tag #LabXplasticgames or on Facebook, being sure to tag LabX. Submissions used by LabX do not necessarily reflect the views of LabX or the National Academy of Sciences (“NAS”) and in no event shall NAS assume or have any responsibility or liability for any submission used by LabX.

How will winners be determined?

  • Each week’s challenge will be judged on a different set of criteria that will be made available online on Mondays when the challenge is unveiled.
  • All submissions will be judged by the venerable Games Committee (read: LabX staff), who in their freetime practice social distancing and equitable judging. All decisions made by the Committee are final. 
  • Prizes will be distributed as e-gift cards. Winning participants must email the LabX team at within 48 of their submissions being selected. If participants fail to do so, LabX reserves the right to offer the prize to another participant.
  • If one of the winning submissions comes from a team, the team will receive only a single prize. The team is responsible for determining how to split the prize among individuals. 

What else do I need to know?

  • LabX retains the right to remove any content that violates the rules laid out here or is deemed inappropriate. This includes submissions as well as comments or reactions from participants on other people’s submissions.
  •  By submitting content for the Games, each team and each team member represents and warrants that: 

o    The team and its members are the sole authors, creators, and owners of each entry;

o    The submission does not violate any applicable laws;

o    The submission does not infringe upon or violate intellectual property rights held by any third person or party; and

o    The team members will abide by and are in compliance with all requirements of Twitter or Facebook.

  •  By submitting content for the Games, each entrant and each team member agrees to:

o    Comply with and be bound by the official rules and decisions of LabX;

o    Release and hold harmless NAS from any claims, expenses, and liability relating to participating in the Games. 

o   By submitting content to Twitter you are subject to Twitter’s Terms of Service as applicable. By submitting to Facebook, you are subject to Facebook’s Terms of Service as applicable.   

  • Any federal, state, and local taxes, and all similar fees and assessments, are the sole responsibility of the prize recipients.
  • These Games are void where prohibited. The Games shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the District of Columbia.

These guidelines were incredibly thorough but I’ve still got a question. Can I speak with someone?

  • You betcha. You may email the Head Game Commissioner Rick Thomas at