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November 23, 2010 > STEM competition empowers students

STEM competition empowers students

Submitted By Lisa Cazzola

For the past 19 years, thousands of classrooms across the U.S. and Canada have gotten a creative boost in important STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math education, thanks to the Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program, the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition. In ExploraVision, students discover the wonders of science and the potential for technological advancement while using their imaginations to contemplate a better future. Applications for next year's competition are available now online at and are due by February 2, 2011.

The ExploraVision program, sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), was created to help motivate young students to excel in science and technology. It challenges teams of 2-4 students to research scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years.

ExploraVision Ambassador and past winning coach David Stone with the University Laboratory High School (Urbana, IL) stated, "Involvement in ExploraVision has significantly impacted my teaching, and it's wonderful to see technology leaders like Toshiba partner with the NSTA to inspire students in science. ExploraVision has created a space for my students to safely explore their creativity, passion and potential future interests and goals, while having a lot of fun at the same time. They are able to imagine technological applications and the future, and the role each of us plays in realizing it."

Students on the four first-place ExploraVision winning teams will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond valued at maturity. Students on second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 bond valued at maturity. (Canadian winners receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars.) The eight teams will also receive an expenses-paid trip with their families, mentor and coach to Washington, DC for a gala awards weekend in June 2011.

Teachers can learn more about ExploraVision and how to use it as a tool in the classroom through a series of Web Seminars at The NSTA Learning Center.

For more information or an application for 2011, visit or e-mail

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