Time Capsule Competition

As part of the university’s 150th anniversary, the campus will install a new time capsule that will be opened in 2071, the 200th anniversary of the university’s first day of classes. The university is sponsoring the contest to encourage members of the Miner community to suggest items that could be included in the Time Capsule.

Be a Part of History!

Win the chance to add your own personal treasures or memories into the 2071 time capsule! Ten winners will be selected to add their own items to a 3” x 3” x 3” inch box.

Imagine if you could preserve a snapshot of S&T today in the time capsule for 50 years. What would it be and why?

Enter our online contest today to tell us what you would put in your 3” x 3” x 3” inch box and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about how you can be a part of history.

Questions? Contact 150@mst.edu.


How will the items be stored and protected?

The packaging of each item is dependent on the object’s material, shape and size.

When will the time capsule be sealed?

The Missouri S&T time capsule will be sealed on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, during Founders Week.

When will the time capsule be opened?

The time capsule will be opened on Missouri S&T’s 200th anniversary on Nov. 6, 2071.

How do I participate in the time capsule contest?

To participate in the contest, complete the entry form.

Who can participate in the time capsule contest?

If you are at least 18 years old, you are eligible to participate in the time capsule contest. See the rules and regulations for more details.

When will the winners be announced?

Starting in January 2021 and ending in October 2021, a winner will be announced every month. The contest officially ends during Homecoming Weekend 2021. There will be a total of 10 winners.

Are there any size restrictions for time capsule items?

For the time capsule contest, all items must fit in a small 3”x 3” x 3” clear box, which will be provided by Missouri S&T.

Competition Rules and Regulations

Competition Timeframe

The Missouri S&T 150th Anniversary Time Capsule Contest begins on Nov. 6, 2020, at 8 a.m. Central Standard Time and ends on the Sunday of Homecoming Week 2021.

Items Not Permitted

  • No perishable items (food, etc.)
  • No weapons
  • No ammunition
  • No explosives or fireworks
  • No fertilizer
  • No flares
  • No liquid fuels (butane, propane, etc.) e.g. lighters
  • No hookahs, cigarettes, cigars, smoking materials, etc.
  • No flammable liquids or gels
  • No chemicals
  • No dry ice
  • No aerosols
  • No liquids
  • No compressed air or gas (CO2)
  • No computers
  • No batteries nor things containing batteries
  • No flash/electronic storage without Missouri S&T approval
  • No hard drives
  • Nothing living
  • No items you may want back
  • No offensive, immoral, obscene, indecent, or profane materials *

*Please note the Missouri S&T reserves the right to deny any items it does not deem appropriate for the time capsule.


The contest is open to all members of the Missouri S&T community, as well as local residents. The contest is void where prohibited by law.


There will be 10 prizes, each prize consisting of the winning contestant being given the opportunity to fill a container with the items described in such contestant’s entry, which will be placed in the Time Capsule during Founder Week 2021. Missouri S&T reserves the right to award additional prizes in its sole discretion. Any winning contestant may elect, in his or her sole discretion, not to submit their entry. Missouri S&T will announce the name of one winner per month, beginning in January 2021 and ending in October 2021.

Each item included in the container by a prize recipient shall be the sole property of Missouri S&T. Each winner must be willing to participate in the university’s marketing and promotional efforts related to the contest.

How to Enter

No purchase is required for eligibility in the contest. S&T has allotted space for 10 3” x 3” x 3” containers to be placed in the Time Capsule during Founders Week 2021 (Nov. 1-6, 2021). During the Contest Entry Period, to enter to win, contestants must visit 150.mst.edu, complete the entry form, follow the directions, and list the items that they would include in the container with an explanation of why they would include these items.

Any entry submitted after the end of the contest entry period will not be eligible for the contest. Each contestant may enter as many times as a contestant likes, but each entry must include a different list of items and/or reasons for including these items. Each entry must be manually entered. Entries originating from “bots” or other automated processes are not permitted.

Each contestant will be required to include their name, email address, phone number, and social media accounts (if any) by entering this information in the appropriate space on the entry form.

Determination of Winner

A panel of S&T representatives and/or members of the community will choose, in their sole discretion, each of the winners of prizes. The decision of the panel will be final and binding. The panel will consider, in its sole discretion, the uniqueness, creativity, relevance, size, and/or other aspects of the items included by the contestant in the contestant’s entry, and whether such items will serve as a unique story in 2071. The winners need not be present at any physical location at the time the winners are announced. The university’s inclusion of an item in the Time Capsule that may have been included by a contestant in their entry does not entitle a contestant to a prize.

Winners of prizes will be notified via email sent to the email address included with the entry, via telephone call to the telephone number included with the entry, or both. The university reserves the right to decline any individual items or entries, including, but not limited to, those that S&T deems to be, or appear to be, harmful, offensive, or damaging to the other items in the Time Capsule. All items must follow the university’s guidelines. In addition, no digital items will be considered (including flash drives, audio recorders, or cell phones).