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Opportunity for USA and Canada K-12 Students to Participate in a Science Competition



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Funding Source
and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/07/24 11:59 PM EST Receipt Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA and Canada K-12 student teams to participate in a STEM competition. The competition is intended to encourage students to focus on team-based learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. The competition encourages students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science to create and explore a vision of a future technology.

Participants are provided the opportunity to better understand the core disciplinary ideas in science, and engage in the scientific and engineering practices espoused in the Next Generation Science Standards, as they wrestle with solving real-world, authentic problems presented via the ExploraVision competition. A teacher will sponsor and lead his/her students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. A teacher will guide his or her students as they pick a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 10 or more years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles.

Each category will be judged separately, based on the abilities of students in those grades.  ExploraVision has four categories:

  • Primary Level (Grades K – 3)
  • Upper Elementary Level (Grades 4 – 6)
  • Middle Level (Grades 7 – 9)
  • High School Level (Grades 10 – 12)


Additional Eligibility Criteria
ExploraVision is designed for K – 12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels. The competition is open to students enrolled in public, private or home school in the United States and Canada.

All projects must meet the following requirements:
- All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens and living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school
- Students must be no older than 21 years of age
- Any student who was selected as a regional or national finalist in ExploraVision can only compete in subsequent years with a new team — i.e., with students who have not previously been selected as ExploraVision regional or national finalists
- Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor (no individual entries)

General Requirements:

- Must be full-time K-12 students
- Must be currently enrolled in and attending a public, private, or homeschool in the U.S. or Canada
- Must not be older than 21

- Are required for each team
- Must teach at a school attended by at least one of the team members
- Cannot be a parent/guardian of a team member
- May enter an unlimited number of teams
- Should guide the students but not perform work on the project

- Are optional
- Can be an individual that represents an organization or business or be a parent/guardian of a team member
- Should serve as a resource for the team but not perform work on the project

- National Science Teachers Association employees, NSTA board members, ExploraVision judges and their respective families are not eligible to enter the competition
- Any project that has won at ExploraVision's regional and/or national levels may not be re-submitted in future years
- Any project previously awarded a prize in another competition may not be submitted

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- Coach registration Open: July 18, 2023
- Project Entry Due: February 7, 2024. Projects must be received online at Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision by 11:59 pm EST.
- Regional Winners Announced: April 1, 2024
- National Winners Announced: May 6, 2024
- ExploraVision Awards Weekend: June 13 - 14, 2024 in Washington, D.C.

Four easy steps:
1) Teacher/Coach Registration (
2) Register Your Teams
3) Teams begin working on their projects (e.g. brainstorm topics, research, etc.)
4) Upload and Submit Projects

Each student may only submit one project via online per year. However, each teacher/coach can participate in multiple projects per year.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Rules and Requirements:

Sample Projects:

Teacher Resources:

ExploraVision Overview Video:

Estimated Size of Grant
- $10,000* savings bond for each first-place team member and $5,000* for each second-place team member
- A trip to Washington, D.C. in June for ExploraVision Awards Weekend for each national winning student and their parents/guardians
- A Chromebook for each regional winning student
- A unique prize for all students on the 500 Honorable Mention winning teams
- A certificate of participation and an entry gift for every student who submits a complete project

* Savings bonds maturity value

- A technology/science-related gift for each of the schools of the regional winning teams
- National press coverage and national recognition
- An awards ceremony for each regional winning team at their school where they will receive a winner’s banner, plaque, and other gifts

- A trip to Washington, DC in June for ExploraVision Awards Weekend for the teacher/coach of each national winning team.
- A one-year NSTA membership for teachers/coaches of the national winning teams.
- A certificate of participation and an entry gift for each coach and mentor of every team that submits a completed project.
- A Chromebook for the teacher/coach of each regional winning team.
- A trip to an NSTA conference for ExploraVision Ambassadors

Contact Information
Register to submit projects online at:

For questions or for a critical online issue that requires mail-in submission, please contact:

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