Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced
the regional winners of the 22nd annual ExploraVision
program, the world's largest K-12 science competition. Designed to build
problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills that are
central to the Next Generation Science Standards, the program's winning
ideas ranged from technology to stop hurricanes and tornados to devices
that help detect and treat diseases, such as cancer, kidney failure and
Alzheimer's disease. The twenty-four winning teams will receive a
Toshiba laptop for their school, and each member of the team will
receive a Toshiba ExciteTM Tablet. The winning teams will
also advance to the national phase of the competition where students
have a chance to win $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity)
and other great prizes.
"We could not be more proud of the regional ExploraVision winners," said
Mr. Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba America Inc.'s Chairman and CEO, and
Toshiba's Corporate Representative for the Americas. "Toshiba started
the ExploraVision Program with NSTA to encourage students to embrace
STEM education. Once again, we are impressed and inspired by the
scientists, innovators and engineers of tomorrow."
The ExploraVision participants offer a glimpse into the next
generation's vision for our future by imagining what technology might be
like in 20 years. Students proposed ideas for new technology based on a
challenge or limitation of what already exists, simulated real
scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea and
built webpages to further illustrate their concepts.
"Each year, the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program serves as an
inspirational reminder of the extraordinary ingenuity that comes from
igniting students' natural curiosity," said Dr. David Evans, NSTA
Executive Director. "These remarkable students are tackling real issues
and envisioning viable solutions that could help affect change and
benefit their local communities and the world around them. We
congratulate the regional winning teams on their impressive work and
commend all the teachers and mentors for encouraging and supporting
their students to explore science while helping to expand their
knowledge and vision."
Some regional winners focused their projects on helping people live
healthier or more comfortable lives. Seventh grade students from
Marlboro, NJ designed an invention called iGlasses. These special
glasses will automatically adjust its lenses in real time based on the
viewers' needs. It will eliminate the need for changing prescriptions,
bifocals, and eye/neck strain from computer and smartphone use. Third
grade students from Merion Station, PA developed the S.A.F.E.R. system
that is designed to save people stuck in rip currents with an inflatable
belt that stores pressures and velocity sensors, and GPS technology to
help swimmers stay away from dangerous water.
Others focused on environmental issues. Tenth grade students from
Manalapan High School in Englishtown, NJ would like to reduce dependency
on oil with special car tires and paint. They proposed using
piezoelectric tires that will produce electricity when put under
pressure and improve the efficiency of a car. Photovoltaic materials,
applied to the car as paint, would provide additional power. Together,
these two innovations would provide enough power to greatly reduce oil
reliance. Third grade students from Mediapolis, IA developed the Tornado
Trasher, a helicopter that can go into the eye of a tornado, regulate
the air within it and stop the tornado.
Several winning student teams focused on disease prevention and
treatment. Sixth grade students from Katherine Delmar Burke School in
San Francisco created a device called reMIND. It is designed to help
with early detection of Alzheimer's disease and boost patients'
memories. Third grade students from L.D. Batchelder School in North
Reading, MA designed the Cancer-a-nator,a multi-part system to help
prevent, detect and treat lung cancer with 3D holograms.
Since its inception in 1992, more than 330,000 students from across the
United States and Canada have participated in the ExploraVision program.
The program helps children expand their imagination and have fun while
developing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) education at an early age.
The twenty-four regional winners will advance to the national
competition. Members of first place nationally winning teams each
receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Members of
second place nationally winning teams will each receive a $5,000 U.S.
Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Canadian winners receive Canada
bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars. All
first and second place national winners will receive an expense paid
trip for their parents/guardians, teacher and mentors to Washington,
D.C. for a gala awards weekend in June 2014. Activities will include a
visit to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and a Science
Showcase during which the students will display and demonstrate their
winning ideas. The highlight of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision weekend
will be a gala awards banquet and ceremony where students will be
formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.
For more information or an application for the 2013/2014 program, visit www.exploravision.org
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate
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is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and
marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems.
Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of
businesses: digital products, including tablets, LCD TVs, notebook PCs,
retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors,
storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure
systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions,
medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba
was founded in 1875, and employs over 20,000 people in North America and Toshiba
America, Inc., is the holding company for five Toshiba operating
companies in the United States.
Toshiba's North-America based companies and some of their chief products
are as follows: Toshiba
America Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductors, Flash
Memory-Based Storage Solutions, LCD, custom chips, and Hard Disk
America Information Systems, Inc. (Tablets, Laptop Computers,
Telephony Products, Flat Panel LCD TVs, and portable products); Toshiba
America Business Solutions, Inc. (Copiers, Facsimiles, Printers
and Digital Signage); Toshiba
International Corporation (Motors, Motor Controls, Power
Electronics, Power Generation Equipment, Automation); Toshiba
America Medical Systems, Inc. (Computed Tomography, Magnetic
Resonance, X-ray and Ultrasound); Toshiba
America Nuclear Energy Corporation (Advanced Boiling Water
Nuclear Reactors); Toshiba
America Foundation (Supports science and mathematics education
across the United States) and Toshiba
of Canada, Ltd. (Made up of four operating divisions).
The Arlington, VA-based National
Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest
professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current
membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science
supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry
representatives, and others involved in science education.
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