The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition engages students in research and development with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Working in teams of two, three, or four members, students study a technology of interest and predict what that technology might be like in 20 years. Then they explore what is necessary to make their visions a reality. Past winners have imagined technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time. All K–12 students are eligible to enter the competition. The ExploraVision website includes sample projects by grade range (K–3, 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12) and examples of how to prepare each part of the project. Winning teams will receive $10,000 US Savings Bonds, an expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to present their ideas to scientific leaders, and more. Interested applicants will find this opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Formed in 2014, Latina Girls Code (LGC) was created to fill the diversity gap between girls aged 7–17 who are interested in technology. The program provides mentors, access to hardware and digital tools, as well as internships through various programs and events throughout the year.
The Mexican American Engineering Society (MAES) is the foremost Latino organization for the development of STEM leaders in the academic, executive, and technical communities. MAES was founded in Los Angeles in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields.