For the second consecutive year, Bennett Awards created a set of unique custom trophies for NASA. These custom recognition awards were produced for NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest, held April 12, 2012, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA spinoff technologies are innovations that are originally designed for spaceflight, but are then transformed into products that improve daily lives. NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video awards competition aims to raise student awareness of how these NASA spinoff technologies and innovations provide significant benefits to the public here on Earth, both in the corporate and consumer arenas. NASA collaborated with Hasbro in using the company’s iconic OPTIMUS PRIME character.
Now in its second year, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Video Contest asked students in grades three through 12 to study NASA spinoff technologies and produce short, creative videos promoting their favorites. Students provided their completed videos to NASA, which posted them on YouTube, where members of the public could vote for the best productions. NASA judges selected award winners from the top five videos in each age group: grades three to five, six to eight and nine to 12. The winning entrants received custom achievement trophies designed by Bennett Awards specifically for this contest.
The unique custom trophies designed by Bennett Awards were based on Bennett’s "Crystal Honor" recognition awards, which feature a clear crystal polyhedron that contains a custom-designed, “floating” 3D opaque object in its center. The custom object used for these recognition awards was a unique 3D image of the “OPTIMUS PRIME” transformer, created by Hasbro. The transformer character symbolizes how NASA technologies are “transformed” into items that benefit the public on a daily basis.