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ExploraVision

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

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Toshiba - National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Deadline Date:

02/10/20 11:59 PM EST (Receipt)

Description:

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Opportunity for USA, Territories, and Canada K-12 student teams to participate in a STEM competition. The competition focuses on problem solving, critical thinking, team-based learning, and communication skills, with an emphasis on STEM. The competition encourages students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions for the future.

Teams will be challenged to envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. Beyond engaging students in problem solving, team-based learning, critical thinking, and communication skills, ExploraVision aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.

ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. 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 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles.

Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time. To view real examples of past projects, see: https://www.exploravision.org/sample-projects.

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)

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 Mentions - 500 teams

Estimated Size of Grant:

Students
- 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 one parent/legal 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

Coaches
- National Finalists: An expense-paid trip to Washington, DC in June for ExploraVision Awards Weekend for the coach of each national winning team and a one-year NSTA membership to coaches of the national winning teams.
- 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

Schools
- Regional Winners: Technology or science-related gifts for each school of the regional winning teams

Teachers
- As a special teacher prize, the top 28 teachers who submit over 28 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:

Projects must be received online at Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision by 11:59 pm EST, February 10, 2020. If there is a critical online issue, Exploravision may accept mail in. Please contact the Funding Source.

Key Dates
- July 1, 2019 - Coach registration open
- February 10, 2020 - Projects Due
- March 10, 2020 - Regional Winners Announced
- April 23, 2020 - National Winners Announced
- June 4-6, 2020 - ExploraVision Awards Weekend

Steps to Online Project Submission:
1) Teacher/Coach Registration
2) Register Your Teams
3) Teams Complete Projects Offline
4) Upload and Submit Projects

For a project submission checklist, see: https://www.exploravision.org/sites/default/files/ExploraVision%20Brochure_Yr28_FINAL_lowres_2.pdf#page=4.

For Rules and Requirements, see: https://www.exploravision.org/rules-requirements.

For Frequently Asked Questions, see: https://www.exploravision.org/faqs.

Contact Information:

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

Register to submit projects online at: https://app.reviewr.com/s1/site//2019_exploravision.

For questions, please contact at exploravision@nsta.org.

If you must use mail, please send completed projects to:
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

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