|[April 23, 2014]
Toshiba and National Science Teachers Association Announce 2014 National Winners of ExploraVision Competition
ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
From an implantable medical device powered by the body's thermal energy
to an environmentally friendly de-icing solution for planes inspired by
the lotus leaf, the young winners of the 22nd annual
ExploraVision program have dreamed up a wide array of innovative
technologies that could help build a better future. Today, Toshiba
and the National
Science Teachers Association (NSTA) 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.
Inspiring a Lifelong Passion for Science, Technology and Innovation
A valuable educational experience that helps children expand their
imagination and have fun while developing an interest in science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
education at an early age, ExploraVision 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, more than 330,000 students have
participated in the ExploraVision program. This year, 4,954 team
projects were entered in the competition representing 15,282 students
from across the United States and Canada.
"Our company was founded over 130 years ago with a strong commitment to
technological innovation, and the ExploraVision program is the
cornerstone of Toshiba's (News - Alert) Corporate Social Responsibility initiative in
North America," said Mr. Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba
America Inc.'s Chairman and CEO, and Toshiba's Corporate
Representative for the Americas. "We are extremely proud of the success
that this program has had over the past 22 years in inspiring so many
youth to explore and develop a passion for the STEM subjects that are
vital for our future."
"This incredible program has proven to be an invaluable experience year
after year for all of the talented students and teachers who
participate," said Bill Badders, NSTA President. "The Toshiba/NSTA
ExploraVision program not only helps to envision a more technologically
advanced and life-changing future, but it also gives us a glimpse into
the amazing student talent present in STEM education today."
Evolving Healthcare with Medical Innovations
Teachers and mentors provide student teams with guidance as they examine
current issues or challenges in the world and develop ideas for
breakthrough technology that could potentially solve them. This year,
several winning student teams focused on disease prevention and
treatment. Ninth grade students from Duluth, Ga. developed the Kidney
Microfilter Regulation Device, an artificial silicone kidney that
helps treat kidney failure without dialysis. Once surgically implanted,
the device will have most functions of a healthy kidney, such as
releasing hormones, balancing particles and checking substance levels in
the blood, alongside medical report and emergency features.
A team of seventh grade students from Marlboro, N.J. designed an
invention called iGlasses. These special glasses will
automatically adjust its lenses in real time based on the viewers'
needs. It will eliminate the need for changing prescriptions, bifocals,
and eye/neck strain from computer and smartphone use.
Twelfth grade students from Salem, Ore. created Quantum (News - Alert) Dot Energy
Harvesters for Powering Implantable Medical Devices that allow
biomedical devices like pacemakers to use the thermal energy of the
human body for power. This innovation eliminates the need for batteries,
which require frequent surgical replacement.
Improving Safety on Land and Sea
Some national winners focused their projects on helping people live
safer lives. Third grade students from Merion Station, Pa. developed the S.A.F.E.R.
system that is designed to save people stuck in rip currents with an
inflatable belt that stores pressures and velocity sensors, and GPS
technology to help swimmers stay away from dangerous water.
Created by second grade students from Edmond, Okla., the Hot Car
Safety System is designed to help save lives of babies,
toddlers and animals accidentally left in a car. The system turns on
automatically when weight is detected by a plate placed under the back
seat and sounds an alarm when the car gets too hot.
Tackling Environmental Issues with Cutting Edge Technology
Finding ways to make current technologies more environmentally friendly
was the motivation behind several ExploraVision projects. Fifth grade
students from Locust Valley, N.Y. created an innovative Plant Power de-icing
system for planes that is safer for the environment and more effective
than current chemicals used. The innovation helps prevent the buildup of
ice and snow by nano-printing the water repellant lotus leaf on aiplane
A team of fourth and fifth grade students from Land O' Lakes, Fla.
developed the WateRenew solution that combines clean and green
electricity from the ocean to create clean drinking water. WateRenew
combines wave wings that harness eco-friendly energy with a cutting-edge
desalination plant featuring a new reverse osmosis membrane.
Tenth grade students from Toronto, On. created a new technology that
uses light signals to boost optical computing. The Low Transistor
Count High-Density Turing Machine (LTCHDTM) using Photonic-Saturation
Optical Transistors (P-SOT), will be lighter, smaller, faster and
more energy efficient than current computers, since less power is
required to transmit signals over long distances.
Members of the four first place ExploraVision national winning teams
will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity).
Members of second place national 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
All students from the eight first and second place teams will receive an
expenses-paid trip with their families, mentor and coach to Washington
for a gala awards weekend June 4 - 7, 2014. 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. The highlight of the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision weekend
will be a gala awards banquet and ceremony where students will be
formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.
For more information or an application for the 2014/2015 program, visit www.exploravision.org
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision 2014 National Winners
2014 First Place Winners
K-3: Hot Car Safety System
John Ross Elementary, Edmond,
Grade 4-6: Plant Power - Super-hydrophobic Lotus Leaf
Valley Intermediate School, Locust Valley, N.Y.
Grade 7-9: iGlasses - The Eyeglasses of the Future?
Middle School, Marlboro, N.J.
Grade 10-12: Quantum Dot Energy Harvesters for Powering
Implantable Medical Devices
West Salem High School, Salem,
2014 Second Place Winners
K-3: S.A.F.E.R. (Saving All Friends Escaping Rip currents)
Mercy Academy, Merion Station, Pa.
Grade 4-6: WateRenew: Wave Power for Clean Water
Montessori Charter, Land O' Lakes, Fla.
Grade 7-9: Kidney Microfilter Regulation Device (K.M.R.D.)
High School, Duluth, Ga.
Grade 10-12: Low Transistor Count High-Density Turing Machine
(LTCHDTM) using Photonic-Saturation Optical Transistors (P-SOT)
L. Mackenzie C. I., Toronto, On.
is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and
marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems.
Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of
businesses: digital products, including tablets, LCD TVs, notebook PCs,
retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors,
storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure
systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions,
medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba
was founded in 1875, and employs over 20,000 people in North America and Toshiba
America, Inc., is the holding company for five Toshiba operating
companies in the United States.
Toshiba's North-America based companies and some of their chief products
are as follows: Toshiba
America Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductors, Flash
Memory-Based Storage Solutions, LCD, custom chips, and Hard Disk
America Information Systems, Inc. (Tablets, Laptop Computers,
Telephony Products, Flat Panel LCD TVs, and portable products); Toshiba
America Business Solutions, Inc. (Copiers, Facsimiles, Printers
and Digital Signage); Toshiba
International Corporation (Motors, Motor Controls, Power
Electronics, Power Generation Equipment, Automation); Toshiba
America Medical Systems, Inc. (Computed Tomography, Magnetic
Resonance, X-ray and Ultrasound); Toshiba
America Nuclear Energy Corporation (Advanced Boiling Water
Nuclear Reactors); Toshiba
America Foundation (Supports science and mathematics education
across the United States) and Toshiba
of Canada, Ltd. (Made up of four operating divisions).
The Arlington, VA-based National
Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest
professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current
membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science
supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry
representatives, and others involved in science education.
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