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Toshiba ExploraVision

Owning/Managing Organization:
Toshiba

Program Description:
ExploraVision is a science competition for K–12 students of all interest, skill, and ability levels. The competition encourages students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science to create and explore a vision of a future technology. Students work in groups of two, three or four, and are guided by a team coach and an optional mentor. Each team selects a technology, or an aspect of a technology, which is present in the home, school, or community, or any other technology relevant to their lives. They will explore what the technology does, how it works, and how, when, and why it was invented. The students must then project into the future what that technology could be like 20 years from now and determine what scientific breakthroughs need to occur to make it a reality.

Outcome of Program:
Unlike traditional science fairs, ExploraVision not only helps young kids expand their imagination at a critical early age, it also offers mature students a critical thinking and problem solving skill learning experience that is central to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Time Details: 

A project takes approximately two months to complete. Please visit: http://www.exploravision.org/sites/default/files/Sample%20Timeline.pdf for a sample schedule.

Cost Details: 

The ExploraVision program is free to enter!

People Details: 

Teams of 2, 3, or 4 students and a coach/mentor.

Prize Details: 

ALL entrants have the opportunity to be recognized for their good ideas and to win prizes. Tell your school about ExploraVision!

Students

First Prize (4 teams): U.S. EE Savings Bond worth $10,000* at maturity for each student

Second Prize (4 teams): U.S. EE Savings Bond worth $5,000* at maturity for each student

National Finalists (8 teams): An expense-paid trip to Washington, DC in June for ExploraVision Awards Weekend for each national winning student and his/her parent/guardian

Regional Winners (24 teams): A Toshiba PC, a technology/science-related gift for each student and an awards ceremony for each regional winning team at its school where the team will receive a winner's banner, plaque and other gifts

Honorable Mention (500 teams): A unique prize and certificate for each student

All Participants: A certificate of participation and gift for every student whose team submits a complete project

*U.S. EE Savings Bonds issue price is half their face value. First- and second-place Canadian winners receive Canada Savings Bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars. Canada bonds face value may vary based on current exchange rate (for $5,000 U.S. and $2,500 U.S.) at time of purchase.

Coaches & Mentors

National Finalists: An expense-paid trip to Washington, DC in June for ExploraVision Awards Weekend for the coach and mentor of each national winning team and a one-year NSTA membership to coaches of the national winning teams. Additionally, national finalist coaches will receive an expense-paid trip to one of the NSTA conferences of their choice as an ExploraVision Ambassador. This will give educators an opportunity to learn and grow by attending valuable sessions at the conference

Regional Winners: A technology / science-related gift for the coach and mentor of each regional winning team

All Participants: A certificate of participation and a gift for each coach and mentor of every team that submits a complete project

Schools

Regional Winners: A Toshiba PC for each school of the regional winning teams

Teachers

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, the top 25 teachers who submit over 25 eligible online entries will receive a technology/science-related gift.

Any teacher who invites another K-12 educator to submit a project will receive a technology / science-related gift. (please visit registration page for more information.)

- See more at: http://www.exploravision.org/prizes#sthash.H6G5FYNb.dpuf

States Available: 
Submission Details: 

One submission per team per year.

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