The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision K-12 science competition registration is now open. Students have a chance to win $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity) and other prizes. Registration is open until January 30, 2015 at ExploraVision.org.
The competition invites K-12 students to think ahead 20 years into the future and propose an idea for a new technology based on a challenge or limitation of what exists today. They are then challenged to simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea and create a mock website to illustrate their concept. Last year’s winning projects featured a safety device that sounds an alarm when a car is too hot to protect children and animals, auto-adjustable eye glasses to help vision impairment, a plane de-icing method derived from a lotus leaf pattern and a thermal energy-based solution to powering medical implants.
This year, ExploraVision is offering special incentives and resources for teachers to help them integrate the competition into their curricula. On Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, ExploraVision will host a free, interactive Google Hangout with special guest & program co-founder Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft to discuss how the competition addresses the practices of the NGSS by engaging students in problem solving and critical thinking activities. Teachers can sign up on the NSTA Google+ page. Teachers can find additional seminars and other resources at http://www.exploravision.org/for-teachers. Also new this year, to celebrate ExploraVision’s 23rd anniversary, the top 23 teachers who submit over 23 eligible online entries will win a Toshiba Tablet.