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Innovators Welcome: Toshiba and NSTA Now Accepting Entries for 27Th Annual ExploraVision Competition


Register Now for the World's Largest K-12 Science Competition

Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) are kicking
off the 27th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition,
officially opening registration for entries. The ExploraVision program,
sponsored by Toshiba and administered by NSTA, tasks students to use
problem-solving, critical-thinking, and teamwork to imagine solutions to
real-life issues. Participants will have a chance to win a number of
prizes, including $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity).
Registration is now open until Feb. 8, 2019 at

In the ExploraVision competition, teams of two-to-four students research
scientific principles and current technologies to design innovations
that could potentially come to life 20 years from now in response to a
problem facing our world. Teams are aided by a teacher and an optional
mentor, as they simulate real scientific research and propose how they
might execute their ideas. Semi-finalist teams then create mock websites
and prototypes to bring their concepts to life. Last year's winning
ideas ranged from projects on innovative disease prevention to
innovations that provided artificial intelligence support for farmers.

Since the program launched in 1992, ExploraVision has helped nearly
400,000 students across the United States and Canada to cultivate a
life-long passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM). The competition is also used by teachers to engage and excite
students about the science and engineering practices found in the Next
Generation Science Standards
. By participating in ExploraVision,
students must ask questions, plan and carry out investigations, and
analyze and interpret data.

"Toshiba is proud to sponsor ExploraVision and to partner with NSTA to
bring STEM education to students throughout North America," said Noriaki
Hashimoto, Chairman & CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. "In its 27th year, we
know that ExploraVision will continue to inspire creativity in its
participants. We are thrilled to again provide the world's young STEM
visionaries the opportunity to push themselves and develop the skills
necessary to make their ideas a reality."

"Every year, the students who participate in the ExploraVision
competition bring enthusiasm and inspiration to their schools and
communities," said Dr. David Evans, Executive Director, NSTA. "Students
not only explore the issues that affect our world, but are given a
platform to develop solutions to tackle these issues. We have been
impressed by the scope and impact of the projects completed over the
past 27 years and the number of projects that presaged actual
innovations. We are looking forward to seeing what the next year of
submissions will bring."

Competition Opportunities & Prizes for Students
teams compete in groups based on their grade levels: primary (K-3),
upper elementary (4-6), middle level (7-9) and high school (10-12).
There are two winner phases to the competition – regional and national.
In the regional phase, the 24 winning teams from six regions across the
United States and Canada will receive a Toshiba laptop for their school,
and each member of the team will receive additional science and
technology-related gifts.

For the national phase, members of first-place nationally winning teams
each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity).
Members of second place nationally winning teams will each receive a
$5,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Canadian winners
receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in
Canadian dollars. All first- and second-place national winners will
receive an expense-paid trip for themselves, their parents/guardians,
teachers and mentors to Washington, D.C. for a gala awards weekend in
June 2019. Activities will include a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with
members of Congress and a Science Showcase during which the students
will display and demonstrate their winning ideas, while also being
formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.

Teachers looking to add project-based learning to the classrooms can
to receive free downloadable STEM lesson plans.

To register for the 2018/2019 competition, visit
Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate
and Facebook
for updates on the program.

About Toshiba
In over 140
years, Tokyo-based Toshiba Corporation has built a global network of
almost 400 companies that channels reliable technologies into "Social
Infrastructure", "Energy", "Electronic Devices" and "Digital
Solutions"—the basic infrastructure that sustains modern life and
society. Guided by The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, "Committed
to People, Committed to the Future", Toshiba promotes value creation
that helps to realize a world where generations to come can live better
lives. In fiscal year 2017, the Group and its 141,000 employees
worldwide secured annual sales surpassing 3.9 trillion yen (US$ 37.2

Find out more about Toshiba at

About Toshiba
America, Inc.

Founded in 1965, Toshiba
America, Inc.
 (TAI) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Toshiba
Corporation and the holding company of seven Toshiba operating companies
that offer a broad range of products and solutions for the residential,
commercial and industrial sectors. The seven companies, which along with
TAI are known collectively as Toshiba America Group, are Toshiba America
Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductor solutions), Toshiba America
Energy Systems, Corp. (Power generation solutions), Toshiba America
Information Systems, Inc. (Digital products), Toshiba America LNG
Corporation (Liquefied Natural Gas), Toshiba America Nuclear Energy
Inc. (Nuclear power solutions), Toshiba International
Corporation (Industrial, power electronics & transmission & distribution
solutions),and Toshiba America Research, Inc.(R&D).

About NSTA
The Arlington,
Science Teachers Association
is the largest professional
organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and
learning, preschool through college. NSTA's membership includes
approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business representatives and others involved
in science education.

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