Airport Design Challenge Privacy and Information Collection Statement

Privacy Act Statement (5 U.S.C. § 552.a, as amended)

Privacy Act Statement (5 U.S.C. § 552a, as amended): 

Authority: Information solicited by the Genius - Create A STEM/AVSED (Airport Design Challenge) User Profile is authorized by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), 15 U.S.C. 6501-6506 (2001); Airport and Airway Development Act of 1970, Public Law 94-353; National and Community Service Act of 1990, 49 U.S.C. § 12501; and Title VI: Aviation Workforce of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254).

Purpose: To enable participation in the FAA’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Aviation and Space Education (AVSED) Airport Design Challenge, the parent/legal guardian will provide their name, email address, phone number, and home address. In addition, for each child that will participate in the FAA’s STEM and AVSED Airport Design Challenge forum that will be held in FAA Blackboard, the parent/legal guardian will provide that child’s name, username, password, grade range, and email address.  The information provided by the parent/legal guardian will be used to create a Genius user profile and provide their child access to FAA Blackboard. The parent/legal guardian is required to provide signed consent for their children’s participation in the STEM and AVSED forum. The parent/guardian will also be required to sign a Children Online Privacy Protection Act form or complete the Verifiable Parental Consent process administered by Kids Web Services prior to their child participation in the STEM or AVSED forum in FAA Blackboard.

Routine Uses: In accordance with the Privacy Act system of records notice, DOT/FAA 855, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Aviation and Space Education Outreach Program, 87 FR 73066 (November 28, 2022), this information is routinely:

  • Used to identify, verify, and obtain consent of the parent or legal guardian for their child to attend an educational program.
  • Shared with other individuals or organizations, including Federal, State, or local agencies, and nonprofit, educational and private entities who are participating in FAA STEM programs as necessary for the purpose of assisting FAA in the efficient administration of its program.
  • Shared with educational institutions or training providers as evidence of participation or successful completion, as needed to continue education.

The Department has also published 15 additional routine uses applicable to all DOT Privacy Act systems of records. These routine uses are published in the Federal Register at 84 FR 55222 - October 15, 2019 and 77 FR 42796 - July 20, 2012, and under ‘‘Prefatory Statement of General Routine Uses’’ (available at

Disclosure: Submission of the information is voluntary, however, failure to submit requested registration information will result in FAA’s delay in creating a user’ profile for Genius.

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COPPA Privacy Policy – Notice to Parents 

This Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Privacy Policy describes how the FAA will protect information it receives from children participating in the FAA’s STEM AVSED FAA Airport Design Challenge. It explains the information collection, disclosure, and parental consent practices for information provided by children under the age of 13.

In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6506 (2001), parents or legal guardians of children under 13 years of age must provide consent to the collection, use, or disclosure of the personal information of their children collected through Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) websites and other online services.

For the FAA Airport Design Challenge, the FAA collects and maintains the minimum amount of information necessary to register students and ensure they can participate in all activities and receive a completion certificate. In addition, the FAA will anonymously collect demographic information from the parents of students so that the FAA can review engagement statistics. The provision of demographic information is optional and will in no way impact registration or participation.

The information that is submitted by parents using the registration form for the Genius SIS will be used to enroll each student in the FAA Airport Design Challenge and to generate an account in the FAA Airport Design Challenge Blackboard page in the FAA’s Blackboard System.

Information Collected from Children in Blackboard

Following submission of the Parental Consent form to Blackboard, children will submit the following information in Blackboard:

  • Team name
  • Grade Category of the team (K-6 or 7-12)

In addition, children will be able to use chat messaging functions and post content within Blackboard, including posting on design challenge forums.

Use and protection of Information Collected from Children

All information collected from children is used strictly for the Airport Design Challenge and will be used for internal FAA purposes only to conduct the Airport Design Challenge. The information will not be made available to the public at any time for any purpose unless required by law or a court order. The chat functions that the children will be permitted to use will only be viewable by authorized FAA personnel and the participants of the Airport Design Challenge.

Review and Deletion of Information Collected from Children

Once the information has been collected, parents/legal guardians will be able to review the child’s information and request its deletion. Should a parent/ legal guardian request deletion, the FAA will delete. To request review or deletion of a child’s information, the parent/legal guardian may contact:

Federal Aviation Administration, Airport Design Challenge, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas, 76177, (817)222-5000, avsed.challenge@faa,gov.

In response to a parent/legal guardian’s request for deletion, the FAA will delete the child’s information from its system, unless applicable law or court order prohibits the FAA from destroying the information.

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Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement 



A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number.  The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120-0772.  Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 10 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. 

All responses to this collection of information are voluntary, under Executive Order 13571.  Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Aviation Administration, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177-1524.

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General Media Release 

By providing consent, the parent/guardian agrees to:

  1. I hereby authorize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration or those it appoints to photograph, take video footage, and/or make electronic sound recordings (herein referred to as Photographic or Electronic Reproductions) of me.
  2. I herein recognize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s legal rights to reproduce, copy, modify, create derivative works, in whole or in part, or to otherwise use the Photographic or Electronic Reproductions or any parts thereof in combination with or as a composite of other material (hereinafter, collectively, the “Works”) for any purpose whatsoever, and
  3. I authorize the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to display, perform, exhibit, transmit or broadcast the Works by any means known or hereafter to become known.
  4. In making such authorization, I fully understand and agree that those whom I am authorizing to be photo- graphed, visually or audibly recorded may be identifiable in such Works, and I waive all rights and release the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration from any claim or cause of action, whether now known or unknown, for defamation, invasion of right to privacy, publicity or personality or any similar matter based upon or relating to the use or exploitation of the Works.

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Last updated: Thursday, December 15, 2022