Toshiba, NSTA Kick Off ExploraVision Science Competition

##AUTHORSPLIT##<--->11.02.2006—Toshiba and the National Science Teachers’ Association have launched their annual ExploraVision student science competition. The program, now in its 15th year, is designed for K-12 students in the United States and Canada, offering prizes of up to U.S.$10,000 for the winners.

In the ExploraVision competition, students in teams of two to four, along with a coach and optional mentor, choose a technology that's currently in use and explore what the technology does, how it came about and what problems it fails to solve; then they imagine the possibilities of what that technology could be like 20 years from now.

There are two phases in the competition. In the first phase, 24 teams will be named winners and advance to the second phase. First-phase winners are chosen from one of each of the four grade categories (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) in each of the six designated regions in which the competition takes place. Winners from the first phase receive a gift and win a Toshiba laptop and software for their schools.

In the second phase, teams create a Web site showcasing their projects. Judges then choose eight winning national teams. Members of the four first-place teams each receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond. Second-place winners receive a $5,000 U.S. savings bond. Winners on Canadian teams receive a similar amount based on the rate of exchange at the time of the award. In addition, finalist team members will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. in June 2007 for a celebration and awards presentation.

Entries for the competition are due Jan. 30, 2007. First-phase winners will be announced Feb. 26 to March 2. The ExploraVision Awards Weekend will take place June 6 through 10. Entry materials can be found on ExploraVision's Web site.

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