ExploraVision Competition Winners Selected
Winners of the ExploraVision
Competition, announced April 29,
have used bio-scaffolding technology to create surgeon's tools, found
dispose of electronic waste, discovered how to detect food poisoning and
protected sea turtle hatchlings — all with technology that may not be
for 20 more years.
K-12 students in the United States and Canada, the Toshiba/NSTA (National Science
Teachers Association) ExploraVision
program, now in its 23rd year, challenged entrants to
think 20 years
down the line at what future technologies may need to address while
real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their ideas.
also create a mock Web site to illustrate their concept.
in teams of two to four, students — with the help of a teacher and adult
mentor, if they so chose — competed in age-level groups, first at a
level. Members of the four winning team members, in categories based on
level, each won a $10,000 savings bond and members of second-place teams
$5,000 savings bonds.
of all eight teams will visit Washington, D.C. June 3-6 on an
trip with their families, mentors and coaches to participate in a
Science Showcase on Capitol Hill.
winning teams by grade level are:
second-place teams by grade level are:
caliber of the projects entered in the ExploraVision competition serve
inspirational reminder of the ingenuity that comes from igniting
natural curiosity in science," said NSTA President Juliana Texley. "These
students are developing innovative solutions to show how our society can
things better and more efficiently."
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.