National STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics) Day is TODAY! In celebration, we are giving away a FREE WEEK of camp to one lucky K-8th grade student!

For a chance to win a spot at Engaging Creative Minds’ (ECM) national award-winning Summer STEAM Institute® 2020, follow these simple steps:

  1. Create a Cool Creature using any of the materials listed below
    • tape/glue
    • recycled materials (paper, cardboard, aluminum foil, plastic…)
    • paint/markers
    • scissors
  2. Post a photo or video of your Cool Creature on social media (if you are under 18, have your parent or guardian post it for you!)
  3. Tag us in your post (Facebook/Instagram @EngagingCreativeMinds Twitter @ECMCharleston)
  4. Use the hashtag #ECMCreatureChallenge

Anyone that posts their Cool Creature, tags ECM & uses the hashtag #ECMCreatureChallenge by midnight on November 18th will be entered into a drawing to WIN A FREE WEEK of camp at Summer STEAM Institute® 2020 to be used by any K-8th grade student! All entries will be entered in a random drawing and a winner will be selected on November 21st.

Engaging Creative Minds Cool Creature Contest Rules and Regulations


  1. Eligibility: This Contest is open only to those who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Contest is only open to legal residents of one of the 50 United States and/or D.C., and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Engaging Creative Minds, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Contest. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Engaging Creative Minds as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Contest.
  3. Contest Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on November 8, 2019, at 8 am Eastern Standard Time and ending on November 18, 2019, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. All online entries must be received by November 18, 2019, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.
  4. How to Enter: The Contest must be entered by submitting an entry at or and tagging @EngagingCreativeMinds with the hashtag #ECMCreatureChallenge in a photo or video that shows off your cool creature. The entry must fulfill all Contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Engaging Creative Minds. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Engaging Creative Minds.
  5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Contest (the “Winner”) will receive Registration for one (1) child K-8 grade for one (1) week of Summer STEAM Institute® 2020 retail value $260.00. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by Engaging Creative Minds. Grand prize will not be applicable toward additional camp discounts and/or offers. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at Engaging Creative Minds discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Engaging Creative Minds to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a random drawing under the supervision of Engaging Creative Minds. Winner will be notified via the social media channel You entered the Contest within five (5) days following selection of Winner. Engaging Creative Minds shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 5 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Contest is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT ENGAGING CREATIVE MINDS SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CONTEST, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
  8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that Engaging Creative Minds, anyone acting on behalf of Engaging Creative Minds, and Engaging Creative Minds’ licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Contest, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Engaging Creative Minds. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Engaging Creative Minds from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which Engaging Creative Minds may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.
  9. Terms & Conditions: Engaging Creative Minds reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Engaging Creative Minds’ control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, Engaging Creative Minds may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Engaging Creative Minds. Engaging Creative Minds reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. Engaging Creative Minds has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Contest, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Contest rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, Engaging Creative Minds reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Engaging Creative Minds and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
  11. Disputes: THIS CONTEST IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Contest, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in South Carolina having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Contest). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  12. Entrant’s Personal Information: Engaging Creative Minds’ use of information submitted as part of the Contest will be limited to administering and conducting the promotion. Engaging Creative Minds will not use any information submitted for any other purpose.
  13. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Engaging Creative Minds PO Box 31875 Charleston, SC 29417, United States of America. Requests must be received no later than December 15, 2019, at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.
  14. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Contest is Engaging Creative Minds PO Box 31875 Charleston, SC 29417, United States of America.
  15. Facebook/Instagram: The Contest hosted by Engaging Creative Minds is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram.
  16. By entering the Cool Creature Contest, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules.

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