CONTEST. The purpose of the competition is to encourage students to combine their imaginations with the tools of science and technology to create and explore a vision of the future. To prepare an entry, students work in groups of three or four, simulating Research and Development (R) teams, along with a teacher advisor and an optional community advisor. Each team will select a technology, or an aspect of a technology, that is present in the home, school, and/or community. The students must then project into the future what that technology could be like 20 years from now. Finally, they must convey their vision to others through both a description and story board. ExploraVision is a competition for students of all interest, skill, and ability levels in grades KŠ12, who are United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, US territories, or Canada.
The ExploraVision Awards are sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Now in their sixth year, the ExploraVision Awards are part of Toshiba's commitment to education and to fostering interest in science and technology Awards Every student team member who enters the competition with a complete entry will receive a certificate of participation and a small gift. Student entry certificates and gifts will be sent to the teacher advisor for distribution. Student members of the four first-place teams will each receive a $10,000 United States Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond of comparable issue price. Student members of the eight second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 United States Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond of comparable issue price. 12 finalist teams and their parents/guardians will be given a trip to Washington, DC, in June to attend the awards ceremony. Students on the remaining 36 regional winning teams will each receive a $100 United States Savings Bond or Canadian Savings Bond of comparable issue price. For the Schools Schools of the 48 regional winning teams will each receive a Toshiba television and VCR. Schools of the 12 finalist teams will be able to choose from selected Toshiba products, such as televisions, fax machines, and computers. Each teacher advisor of the 12 finalist teams will receive a Toshiba product. The teacher advisor and community advisor of each finalist team will be given a trip to Washington, DC, in June to attend the awards ceremony.