Jun 16, 2021

Exploravision

  • Crimson Education
  • Remote
Competition

Description

Learn more about the project format

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
Option 1:
•    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
Option 2:
•    Watch Grades 4-6 Standard ExploraVision Project Format* or view Sample Entries

Grades 7-9 Requirements
•    Video: Explanation of project submission requirements
•    Watch Grades 7-9 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.

Learn more about the parts of the Standard ExploraVision Project Format

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:

  1. Present Technology**: An overview of the present form of the technology including scientific principles involved in its functioning. A problem definition or limitation of this present technology that you address in your ExploraVision project.
  2. History: Research and description of the history of the technology from its inception.
  3. Future Technology: Description of the team’s vision for what this technology would be like in 10 or more years, including scientific principles involved in developing the technology.
  4. Breakthroughs**: Research and description of breakthroughs that are necessary to make the future technology design a reality. Description of why this future technology doesn’t exist today. (Choose one of your required breakthroughs and describe an investigation that would have to be planned and carried out to test your ExploraVision project. If possible, include the kind of data or measurements that would be collected in the investigation.)
  5. Design Process**: Description of three alternative ideas of features the team considered for their project. The ideas and features should be directly related to the project. Describe why the team rejected each feature and idea in favor of the ones in the submitted technology. Describe how your future technology feature is better than the rejected design feature.
  6. Consequences**: Description of recognition that all technologies have positive and negative consequences including the potential positive and negative consequences of the new technology on society.

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.

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Application Deadline

Annual Event, January 31

Age Range

K-12th grade, not older than 21

Application Process Includes

Learn the rules to get started.

Eligibility

All projects must meet the following requirements:

  • All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens and living within the United States, U.S. Territories or
    Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school
  • Students must be no older than 21 years of age
  • National Science Teachers Association employees, NSTA board members, ExploraVision judges and their respective
    families are not eligible to enter the competition
  • Any project that has won at ExploraVision’s regional and/or national levels may not be re-submitted in future
    years
  • Any project previously awarded a prize in another competition may not be submitted
  • Any student who was selected as a regional or national finalist in ExploraVision can only compete in subsequent
    years with a new team — i.e., with students who have not previously been selected as ExploraVision regional or
    national finalists
  • Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor (no individual entries)
  • For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions
    page.

Categories

Each category will be judged separately, based on the abilities of students in those grades.  ExploraVision has four categories:

  • Primary Level (Grades K – 3)
  • Upper Elementary Level (Grades 4 – 6)
  • Middle Level (Grades 7 – 9)
  • High School Level (Grades 10 – 12)

Requirements

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:

  • Enter your projects via online.*
  • An abstract (150 words max.)
  • The project description (11 pages max.)
  • Bibliography
  • Five sample Web pages

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 exploravision@nsta.org

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Rights,
Patents and Trademarks

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
student work.

For information on patents and trademarks, contact:
United States Patent and
Trademark Office
Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-14501

www.uspto.gov
or call 800-786-9199 or 703-308-HELP.

Intellectual Property

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 student work.