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

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National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Deadline Date:

02/08/18 11:59 PM EST


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Prizes to USA, territories, and Canada K-12 student teams for participating 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.

-Are a required member of 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 person for the team but not perform work on the project

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

-Must be full-time K–12 students
-Must be currently enrolled in and attending a public, private, or home school in the United States or Canada
-Must not be older than 21
-Must submit only one project per year

Each grade-level project category is 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177808

Estimated Size of Grant:


-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 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


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


-As a sperical teacher prize, the top 26 teachers who submit over 26 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. (

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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
-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
-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)

Pre-Application Information:

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

Projects must be received at NSTA or submitted online by 11:59 PM EST, on February 8, 2018.

Key Dates:
-February 8: Projects Due
-March 6: Regional Winners Announced
-May 1: National Winners Announced
-June 6-9: ExploraVision Awards Weekend

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Contact Information:

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

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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