The competition is open to all individuals or teams in the following six competition categories:

  1. Middle School students and younger (grades K-8)
  2. High School students (grades 9-12)
  3. Tertiary Education students (2-year college through graduate school, full or part time)
  4. NAE Frontiers of Engineering and Frontiers of Engineering Education Participants/Alumni
  5. NAE Members and Foreign Members
  6. The General Public

Employees of the NAE and their immediate families or those living in the same household as an NAE employee are not eligible to enter this competition.

Entrants may participate in one video submission in one of the six competition categories. Entrants must enter one competition category at the time of their video submission. Each individual contest participant is restricted to one video submission only, whether an individual or a team submission. If membership of a competing team spans more than one competition category, the team should select the category that reflects the ages of the oldest members of the team.