ExploraVision is a perfect STEM learning project for a virtual or in person collaboration. New for the 2020-2021 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition, K-3 have a new project template and 4-6 teams have a choice to submit projects in two types of format to submit a project. For 4-12 grades, each project entry uses the standard ExploraVision project format* which must include an abstract, description, bibliography, five sample Web pages, and submit via online. Watch the format change overview video and see below for more information about the appropriate grade level categories. Additionally, watch
Getting organized and setting up your teams
Grades K-3 Requirements
K-3 grades team have a new project template to enter project.
• For video explaining the K-3 project components, click here
• NEW – Grades K-3 Project Format. For a Project Format Template, see below.
• NEW – Grades K-3 New Sample Entry
Grades 4-6 Requirements
4-6 grades teams have a choice to submit projects in two types of format. Options include the standard ExploraVision project format* or a flexible presentation format. More info on the project submission format options, click here.
• NEW – Grades 4-6 Presentation (PowerPoint Slide Style) For a Format Template, see below.
• NEW – Grades 4-6 Presentation (PowerPoint Slide Style) New Format Sample Entry
• Watch Grades 4-6 Standard ExploraVision Project Format* or view Sample Entries
Grades 10-12 Requirements
• Video: Explanation of project submission requirements
• Watch Grades 10-12 Standard ExploraVision Project Format* or view Sample Entries
* For Standard ExploraVision Project Format, see below.
Each project must include an abstract, description, bibliography, five sample Web pages, and submit via online. Required project components are as below. (Advice for lower grade teams: there is no minimum word count and page number for each section.) See standard ExploraVision sample projects entries as a reference.
I. Abstract; An abstract of no more than 150 words that summarizes the proposed future technology and other relevant information must proceed other project components. The Abstract should be on a separate page and does not count as part of the Description components
II. Description; A project Description section does not exceed 11 pages and may be combination of text and art work. It must include the following sections with headings clearly labeled and be in the following order:
III. Bibliography; A list of all sources and references used in researching the chosen technology. Sources must be clearly labeled and include title, author, publisher, and copyright date. Footnotes are encouraged, but not required. The Bibliography is not counted as part of the 11-page limit for the Description section.
IV. Sample Web Pages**; Team members must draw five sample web pages that communicate and promote their future technology vision. Web pages may be hand-drawn or computer-generated (e.g., powerpoint) and may include text, pictures, photographs and diagrams. They should relate to material presented in the written description and illustrate the attributes of the chose technology. One web page should be devoted to a model or visual representation of the technology that could be used to create a prototype for display. The model should help others visualize the design and communicate design features. Include a description of limitations of the model. No need to create an actual website or a prototype untill a team becomes a Regional winner.
** Section central to the Next Generation Science Standards.
Click here to see some real examples of winning projects.
All projects must meet the following requirements:
Each category will be judged separately, based on the abilities of students in those grades. ExploraVision has four categories:
Each student may only submit one project via online per year. However, each teacher/coach can
participate in multiple projects per year. Each complete project must consist of:
Please follow the guidelines in the project format section listed by grade level category. Submission materials
will not be returned. Please retain a copy for your records. You may photocopy any part of the submission materials.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, it is impossible to give individual critiques to participants.
If there is a critical online issue, we may accept mail in. Please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association reserve the right to use a
student’s, coach’s or mentor’s name, photograph, quote, likeness, descriptive essay or sample Web pages for publicity
and promotional purposes. Students who participate in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program retain rights to all ideas
and products generated through their participation in the program. Neither NSTA nor Toshiba will attempt to patent any
For information on patents and trademarks, contact:
United States Patent and
Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-14501
or call 800-786-9199 or 703-308-HELP.
who participate in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program retain rights to all ideas and products generated through
their participation in the program. Neither NSTA nor Toshiba will attempt to patent any student work.