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.
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