What is ExploraVision?
ExploraVision is a science challenge for K–12 students of all interest, skill, and ability levels. This competition provides a turnkey learning setting for building skills—problem solving, teamwork, communication and critical thinking— to better prepare students for the future. Students work in small groups (2–4) under the guidance of a teacher/coach to create and explore a vision of a future technology. Teams compete for savings bonds, computers for schools, and other prizes for students, coaches, and mentors while exploring a real-world approach to science learning. Up to $240,000 in savings bonds is awarded each year. Entry gifts and certificates of participation will be awarded to each member of a team submitting a completed entry. All participants qualify for a special discount on Toshiba computer products.
How Teams Compete
Each ExploraVision team selects a technology or an aspect of a technology relevant to their lives or to society in general. Students will explore what it does, how it works, and how, when, and why it was invented. Then, projecting into the future, they will imagine what that technology might be like in 20 years, determining what scientific breakthroughs need to occur to make it a reality. The students must convey their vision in both a written description and five simulated web page graphics.
Role of the Teacher/Coach
The ExploraVision experience offers teachers the opportunity to play a critical role in teaching, coaching, and mentoring. Teachers who coach an ExploraVision team can utilize the competition broadly, incorporating the project into his/her curriculum, putting into practice many of the National Science Education Standards, particularly in the areas of “science and technology” and “science in personal and social perspectives.”
The experience of competing encourages science and interdisciplinary learning called for in the Standards. Teams also have the option of working with a mentor who can be a professional, parent, educator, or other adult advisor.
Online and mail-in entries must be received by NSTA by February 2.