ExploraVision 2008 Science Competition Opens
Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association have launched the 2008 ExploraVision Awards Program. The annual student science competition, now in its 16th year, is open to K-12 students in the United States and Canada, offering prizes of up to $10,000 in savings bonds 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 and how it came about; then they imagine the possibilities of what that technology could be like 20 years from now and what problems it could solve that it doesn't solve now.
There are two phases in the competition. In the first phase, 24 teams will be named regional winners and advance to the second phase. First-phase winners are chosen in each of the 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 savings bond. Second-place winners receive a $5,000 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 2008 for a celebration and awards presentation.
Entries for the competition are due Jan. 29, 2008. Regional winners will be announced March 3. National winners will be named May 1. The ExploraVision Awards Weekend will take place June 4 through 8. Entry materials can be found on ExploraVision's site, below.
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