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Spirit Week Photo Contest

Calling all Arizona schools! Prepare for a statewide Spirit Week that’s truly out of this world!

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October 2-6, 2023

Mark your calendars for an extraordinary week filled with cosmic excitement.

Celebrate the Psyche mission and its journey to an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. A thrilling NASA space mission led by ASU is set for launch on Oct. 5th at 7:38 a.m. MST. Watch live! Join us in celebrating this historic expedition by donning your most creative space-inspired costumes and show them off in our Spirit Week Photo and Video Contest.

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  • Monday - October 2

    “Asteroid Belt Accessories” Day: Design your own accessory - belt, shoelaces, jewelry, purse, hat, etc. - that represents the main asteroid belt - home of the Psyche asteroid and more than a million others!


  • Tuesday - October 3

    “Cosmic Careers Tuesday”: Dream big and dress up as your favorite space-related career – astronomer, astronaut, engineer, journalist, doctor, chemist, and beyond!


  • Wednesday - October 4

    “Out-of-this-World Wednesday”: Transport yourself into the future with futuristic or sci-fi costumes that’ll take everyone’s breath away!

  • Thursday - October 5

    “Asteroids and Aspirations” PSYCHE MISSION LAUNCH DAY: Celebrate the Psyche mission Shoot for the stars and embrace the boundless possibilities of the cosmos and your future careers!”


  • Friday - October 6

    “Galactic Team Friday”: Show your support for NASA by dressing up as different mission teams – teachers, scientists, engineers, mission control, and more. Together, we’ll conquer the cosmos!


  • Saturday-Sunday October 7-8

    “NASA Changemaker” Weekend: Keep the space excitement going with the NASA Space Apps Challenge (DIY Art). Unleash your creativity and be part of something extraordinary!

No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Capture your cosmic creativity in a photo or video for a chance to win a VIP tour to ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration! Your entry will be judged based on 40% creativity and originality of space-themed topics, 40% incorporation of becoming career and college-focused, and 20% relevance, quality, and originality of costumes, graphics, and/or video elements. Let your imagination soar and showcase your aspirations for the future!


Official Entry Form
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Questions? Contact Access ASU at accessasu@asu.edu.

  • Entrants must be Arizona students in PreK through 12th grade.
  • All students, educators and staff pictured in each photo will be required to provide photo consent.  
  • Students or educators may submit up to one individual or classroom entry each day per theme and/or be part of one group entry in this contest. All subsequent entries will be disqualified.
  • Entries can utilize imaginary stories or themes rooted in fact or fiction.
  • Any failure to adhere to these Contest Rules may result in disqualification from the contest.
  • Photo contest entries may be shared on social media, newsletters, websites and with media partners like Arizona PBS. 
  • No purchase is necessary.

I grant permission to the Arizona Board of Regents, a body corporate, for and on behalf of Arizona State University, and its agents and employees (ASU), a) to record and capture my image, likeness and voice on the date(s) and at the location(s) listed below on video, audio, photographic, digital, electronic or any other medium (the Recordings) and to use my name, title and biographical information in connection with the Recordings without limitation; and b) to use, reproduce, exhibit or distribute the Recordings in whole or in part irrevocably and in perpetuity in any and all media throughout the universe (including but not limited to print publications, digital recordings, online and any other electronic or other medium now known or later developed) for any purpose that ASU deems appropriate, including promotional, recruiting, advertising and any commercial or non-commercial use, without limitation. I waive any right to inspect or approve the Recordings, or any uses thereof, now or in the future, and I waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of the Recordings. I understand that the Recordings, in whatever medium, will be owned by ASU.
I release and discharge ASU of and from any claims, demands and damages that may arise from or related to the use of my name, image, and likeness in the Recordings, including any claims for libel or violation of any right of publicity or privacy and including any re-use, distortion, blurring, alteration or use in composite form. It is in the discretion of ASU to decide whether and how to use the Recordings. This Release will be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives and assigns. Unless my parent or guardian signs where indicated on the signature lines below, I certify that I am 18 years of age or older and I am competent to contract in my own name. I have read this Release and I fully understand the contents, meaning and impact of this Release. For subjects of the Recordings who are under 18, this Release must be signed by both the minor subject and their parent or guardian. By signing, the parent or guardian attests that they are competent to contract in their own name, have read this Release, and fully understand the contents, meaning and impact of this Release.


  • Entry types may include .jpeg/.pdf digital images/photos or video file/link.
  • Creativity showcasing each theme is encouraged: Students/educators are welcome to combine these formats or include digital formats not listed here (video game design, etc.).
  • Video entries should not exceed 1 minute in length.
  • Any text must be printed or written legibly or typed.
  • Non-English text must be translated.
  • Invented spelling is accepted.
  • Language and content must be appropriate in accordance with FCC guidelines (no swearing or nudity).

All entries submitted to the contest will be judged using the judging criteria and percentages below by a panel of no fewer than 3–5 judges selected and coordinated by Access ASU. The judging criteria and percentages shall be scored and graded using a rubric based on the following criteria as follows:

  • 40%: Creativity and originality of topic and themes.
  • 40%: Incorporation of being career and college-focused.  
  • 20%: Relevance, quality and originality of costumes, graphic and/or video elements.
  • All judges' decisions are final and binding and not subject to appeal or review.

The entry with the highest score from among all eligible entries received per age range and category (individual or group) will be deemed the winner.

In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in the creativity and originality category from among all tying entries will be deemed the winner from among all tying entries.

Winners will be notified at the conclusion of scoring and will be invited to a celebration and VIP tour (time and location to be determined).

FOUR (4) Winners: The winners could be individual winners and/or (1) group/class winner. 

Prize details: Four individuals or four classes will be selected for a celebration event and exclusive VIP Tour of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration centers, visiting multiple stops on the Tempe campus.  

  • Parking, tour fees and a transportation stipend will be provided. 
  • 2.5-hour tour plus 30-minute Access ASU workshop.
  • ASU News is to attend one tour for photo and video.
  • Max capacity 40* (*TBD).  

The VIP Tour will:

  • Visit the Gallery of Exploration for a Marston 3D Astronomy Show, led by the School of Earth and Space Exploration students and staff, featuring state-of-the-art planetarium technology that uses a 4,000 projection systems to create 3D stereographic renderings of Earth and space-related visuals. 
  • Learn about opportunities on the moon, material return missions from asteroids and Mars, the deployment of instruments to gather data from the moons of Jupiter and the exploration of a metal-rich asteroid (Psyche!)in the outer part of the asteroid belt.
  • Visit ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility where scientists and researchers are using instruments on spacecraft at Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the Red Planet.
  • Visit Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, ASU’s NASA-supported planetary data center. A former NASA Regional Planetary Image Facility, the Greeley Center houses photographic and digital data returned from NASA’s planetary missions for use by the scientific and educational communities. 
  • Provide an opportunity for students to interact with ASU graduate and undergraduate students.  
  • Visit the Lunar Renaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) facility and take a walk through space exploration history and observe scientists working on lunar data in the Science Operations Center (SOC). 
  • Encourage a STEM education/career attitudinal shift.
  • Provide supplemental K–12 STEM education correlated to education standards
  • Provide exposure to graduate and undergraduate students actively researching “real world” scientific exploration.

Access ASU reserves the right to substitute any prize for a prize of equal or greater value, at the sole discretion of Access ASU. Prizes are not redeemable for cash, non-transferable, and non-substitutable, except at the sole discretion of Access ASU.

Submission of the Entry Form constitutes permission from the participant’s parent/legal guardian for Access ASU to use the participant’s name, likeness, biographical information, information and materials contained in the Entry Form, photographs, and any statements or remarks made about the Contest in advertising and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.

All entries, and any copyrights therein, become the sole property of Access ASU. By entering, entrant’s parent/legal guardian agrees to abide by the above-stated rules and warrant that their child’s/ward’s entry is their original work and does not infringe upon or violate the rights of any third party, and grant to Access ASU the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use their entry materials without permission, notice or compensation.

No royalties will be paid at this or any time. By submitting an entry and Entry Form, each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of the participant, agrees to assign all right, title, and interest in and to the entry and Entry Form to Access ASU and warrants that the participant’s parent/legal guardian has the authority to assign such right, title, and interest. In the event that any applicable law requires certain formalities to be fulfilled to effectuate such grant of rights, each participant (and parent or guardian) agrees to cooperate with Access ASU to achieve fulfillment of such formalities.

By submitting an Entry Form, each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of participant, agrees to be bound by these Contest Rules. Each participant’s parent/legal guardian, on behalf of the participant, agrees to release and hold Access ASU, and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder.

Access ASU reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the contest at any time. Access ASU is not responsible for any expenses incurred in connection with participation in the contest.

There’s something for everyone.

Get ready to ignite your passion for space exploration and let your creativity take flight during this Spirit Week like no other.

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