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Prizes to USA and Canada K-12 Student Teams
for Innovative Science and Technology Projects

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Toshiba - National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Deadline Date:

02/08/19 11:59 PM EST; Receipt


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Prizes to USA, territories, and Canada K-12 student teams for participation in a technology competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage students to use the tools of science combined with their imagination to explore and create a future vision for 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.

ExploraVision has four categories. Each category will be judged separately, based on the abilities of students in those grades. Students in a lower grade may be part of a team competing in the next higher grade level project category.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177808

Number of Grants:

First Prize (4 teams), Second Prize (4 teams), National Finalists (8 teams), Regional Winners (24 teams), Honorable Mention (500 teams).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Prizes - For The Students
- $10,000* savings bond for each first-place team member and $5,000* for each
second-place team member
- An expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for ExploraVision Awards
Weekend for each national winning student and their parents/guardians
- A technology/science-related gift 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

Prizes - For The Schools
- 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

Prizes - For Teachers/Coaches and Mentors
- An expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for ExploraVision Awards
Weekend for the teacher/coach and mentor of each national winning
- 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 complete project
- A technology/science-related gift for the teacher/coach and mentor of
each regional winning team
- An expense-paid trip to an NSTA conference for ExploraVision

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens and living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada and currently enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school
- Students must be no older than 21 years of age
- Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor

- 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 previously awarded a prize in another competition may not be submitted
- Individual entries will not be accepted
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Completed project submissions, including all Sample Web Pages, must be received online at NSTA by 11:59 pm EST, February 8, 2019.

ExploraVision Key Dates
- Coach registration Open: July 11, 2018
- Project Entry Due: February 8, 2019
- Regional Winner Announcement: March 5, 2019
- National Winner Announcement: May 1, 2019
- Awards Weekend: June 5 - June 7, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Judging Process:
- Judging is divided into two phases: regional and national judging
- All eligible projects will be evaluated in the regional judging phase
- 24 regional winning teams will move on to national judging
- Judges award higher scores to entries that are unique and different from those that have won previously

Teacher/Coaches are strongly encouraged to register online to receive tips for participating and optional instructions for submitting projects online

Eligibility Requirements:


Avoiding Disqualification:



Project Format:

Developing a Project:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online:

Phone: 1-800-explor-9

Other contacts:
Acacia McKenna:
Mizuho Fischer:
Eddie Temistokle:

Mailing Address:
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201-3092

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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