Contest stretches students' science knowledge, creativity

August 31, 2011

A contest for students that combines research with creativity is celebrating its 20th anniversary with no intentions of slowing down.

The ExploraVision program, sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association is aimed at motivating young students to excel in science and technology. It challenges teams of two to four students to research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years.

Applications for this year’s competition will be available online at starting Thursday and are due by Feb. 1.

Students on the four first-place ExploraVision winning teams will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond valued at maturity. Students on second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 bond valued at maturity. The eight teams will also receive an expenses-paid trip with their families, mentor and coach to Washington, D.C., for a gala awards weekend in June 2012.

Each of the 24 regional winning teams receives a Toshiba laptop for the school and each member of the regional winning teams will receive a Toshiba HD camcorder.

This year, for the first time, the teacher who submits the most student projects will receive a Toshiba tablet PC. Teachers can learn more about ExploraVision and how to use it as a tool in the classroom through a series of Web Seminars at The NSTA Learning Center.

Since the program’s inception in 1992, more than 287,000 students have submitted projects.

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