Since its inception in 1992, nearly 350,000 students have participated in the ExploraVision program
From a hearing aid powered by the body's thermal energy to an external microbial cleansing device designed to capture pathogens in the blood stream, the young winners of the Toshiba/NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) ExploraVision competition have dreamed up a wide array of innovative technologies that could help build a better future.
The program has announced the national winners of the world's largest K-12 science and technology competition, which is designed to build problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards.
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program challenges participants to imagine what technology might be like in 20 years. Students work in teams to propose ideas for innovative future technology based on a challenge of what already exists, simulate real scientific research to outline how they plan to test their idea, and build websites to further illustrate and communicate their concepts.
Since its inception in 1992, nearly 350,000 students have participated in the ExploraVision program. This year, 5,041 team projects were entered in the competition representing 15,473 students from across the United States and Canada.
"This year marks the 50th anniversary of Toshiba's operations in the United States, and throughout this period, the company has maintained a strong commitment to technological innovation. The ExploraVision program represents this ideal, and continues to be the cornerstone of Toshiba's Corporate Social Responsibility initiative in North America. We are extremely proud to see ExploraVision continue to succeed in its 23rd year, inspiring students to explore and develop a passion for the STEM subjects that are vital for our future," said Mr Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba America's chairman and CEO, and Toshiba's corporate representative for the Americas.