Calling All Future Innovators: Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association Officially Invite Entries into 26th Annual ExploraVision Competition

Registration Now Open for World’s Largest K-12 Science Competition

ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are
kicking off the 26th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision
program, officially opening registration for entries. Sponsored by
Toshiba and administered by NSTA, the ExploraVision program challenges
participants to use problem-solving, critical thinking and team-building
skills to imagine solutions to real-life issues. Student participants
will have a chance to win a number of prizes, including $10,000 U.S.
Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity). Registration is now open until
February 8, 2018 at ExploraVision.org.

Teams of two to four students are challenged to research scientific
principles and current technologies to design innovations that could
exist in 20 years to solve a problem facing the world. With support from
a teacher and an optional mentor, students simulate real scientific
research to outline how they plan to execute their ideas and create mock
websites to illustrate their concepts. Last year’s winning projects
ranged from a food allergy-detecting watch to an efficient and
environmentally-friendly new battery technology.

Since the program launched in 1992, ExploraVision has helped more than
375,000 students across the United States and Canada develop lifelong
passions for STEM-related subjects. The competition helps teachers to
encourage students and engage them in many of the science and
engineering practices found in the Next Generation Science Standards
(NGSS) — such as asking questions and defining problems, planning
and carrying out investigations, and analyzing and interpreting data.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program
for its 26th consecutive year,” said Fumio Otani, Chairman &
CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. “We believe that a passion for STEM education
is grounded in inspiration and creativity from a young age. At Toshiba,
we are committed to giving the future innovators of the world the
opportunity to grow and develop the skills needed to make their
incredible visions become the future.”

“Today’s generation of students are more impressive than ever,” said Dr.
David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “Since its inception, the
ExploraVision competition has served as a dynamic learning tool for
educators, complementing national STEM education initiatives by
encouraging participants to advance their problem solving and creative
collaboration skills.”

Competition Opportunities & Prizes for Students

Student teams compete in groups based on their grade levels: primary
(K-3), upper elementary (4-6), middle level (7-9), and high school
(10-12). There are two winner phases to the competition – regional and
national. The 24 winning teams from six regions across the United States
and Canada will receive a Toshiba laptop for their school, and each
member of the team will receive additional science and
technology-related gifts.

For the national phase, 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 themselves, their parents/guardians,
teachers and mentors to Washington, D.C. for a gala awards weekend in
June 2018. 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, while also being
formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.

Teachers looking to add project-based learning to your classrooms can
visit exploravision.org/tips-for-teachers
to receive free PDFs with tips on engaging elementary, middle and high
school-aged students in STEM project-based learning.

To register for the 2017/2018 competition, visit www.exploravision.org.
Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate
and Facebook www.Facebook.com/ToshibaInnovation
for updates on the program.

About Toshiba

For over 140 years, Toshiba
Corporation
has contributed to a sustainable future by
applying innovative technologies to value creation. Today, our business
domains are centered on the essential infrastructure that supports
modern life and society. Guided by the principles of The Basic
Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the
Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations that contribute to
realization of a world where generations to come can live better lives.

About Toshiba
America, Inc.

Founded in 1965, Toshiba
America, Inc.
 (TAI) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Toshiba
Corporation and the holding company of seven Toshiba operating companies
that offer a broad range of products and solutions for the residential,
commercial, and industrial sectors. The seven companies, which along
with TAI are known collectively as Toshiba America Group, are Toshiba
America Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductor and storage
solutions), Toshiba America Energy Systems, Corp. (Power generation
solutions), Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (Digital
products), Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Inc. (Nuclear power
solutions), Toshiba International Corporation (Industrial, power
electronics & transmission & distribution solutions), Toshiba America
LNG Corporation (Liquid natural gas), and Toshiba America Research,
Inc.(R&D).

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National
Science Teachers Association
is the largest professional
organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and
learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes
approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others
involved in science education.

Contacts

Ketchum
Colbie Errico, 202-835-8810
Colbie.Errico@ketchum.com
or
National
Science Teachers Association
Kate Falk, 703-312-9211
kfalk@nsta.org

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