Posted: October 1, 2007

Contest alert for teachers: Toshiba's Exploravision

(Nanowerk News) Up to $240,000 in savings bonds will be awarded this year to student winners whose innovative ideas combine imagination with the tools of science. Toshiba laptop computers for schools and other prizes for students, teachers, and mentors will also be presented.
The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program, one of the world’s largest K –12 science and technology competitions, is now accepting entries for its 2008 competition. For the past 15 years, the ExploraVision program has provided an opportunity for students to envision a better future and has given educators a valuable tool for helping motivate their students to excel in science.
Recap: Some of 2007’s Amazing ExploraVision Winners…
In ExploraVision, students envision amazing advancements in science and technology. Some of this year’s winning student teams, for instance, imagined advancements in fields such as nanotechnology and polymer creation. They conceptualized future technologies ranging from innovative treatments for diabetes and kidney disease to a possible solution to the worldwide scarcity of drinkable water, a novel treatment for drug addiction, a potentially lifesaving fire extinguishing system, and an ingenious method for harnessing “wasted” energy from automobile use. There was even an idea for a special dental hygiene device that would brush all your teeth at once – and provide a song while doing it!
About the ExploraVision Program…
The ExploraVision program, sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), challenges students to research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. Students work in teams of two to four. This year’s top winners were selected from a group of 4,705 team entries, representing the participation of 14,681 students from the United States and Canada.
Students on the four first-place ExploraVision winning teams will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE US Savings Bond. Students on second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 bond. The eight teams will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip with their families, mentor, and coach to Washington, D.C. for a gala awards weekend in June 2008. Activities will include a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress, a Science Showcase during which the students will display and demonstrate their winning ideas, and sightseeing. The highlight of ExploraVision weekend will be a gala awards banquet and ceremony where students will be formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.
Source: National Science Teachers Association