Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards - $10,000
ExploraVision is a STEM competition for K-12 students. It encourages students to combine their imagination with their knowledge of science and technology to explore visions for the future. Teams of 2-4 students select a technology, research how it works, learn why it was invented, and then predict how that technology may change in the future.
Students identify what “breakthroughs” are required for their idea to become a reality and describe the positive and negative consequences of their technology on society.
The students write a paper and draw a series of web pages to describe and communicate their idea.
Finalists make an actual website, video and a prototype of their future vision. ExploraVision is more than a science fair or a competition—it can be a tool to ignite every student’s enthusiasm for STEM subjects!
All projects must meet the following requirements:
All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens and living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school
Students must be no older than 21 years of age
National Science Teachers Association employees, NSTA board members, ExploraVision judges and their respective families are not eligible to enter the competition
Any project that has won at ExploraVision's regional and/or national levels may not be re-submitted in future years
Any project previously awarded a prize in another competition may not be submitted
Any student who was selected as a regional or national finalist in ExploraVision can only compete in subsequent years with a new team — i.e., with students who have not previously been selected as ExploraVision regional or national finalists
Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor (no individual entries)
For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Each category will be judged separately, based on the abilities of students in those grades. ExploraVision has four categories:
Primary Level (Grades K – 3)
Upper Elementary Level (Grades 4 – 6)
Middle Level (Grades 7 – 9)
High School Level (Grades 10 – 12)
Each student may only submit one project via online per year. However, each teacher/coach can participate in multiple projects per year. Each complete project must consist of:
Enter your projects via online.*
An abstract (150 words max.)
The project description (11 pages max.)
Five sample Web pages
Submission materials will not be returned. Please retain a copy for your records. You may photocopy any part of the submission materials. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, it is impossible to give individual critiques to participants.
* If there is a critical online issue, we may accept mail in. Please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rights, Patents and Trademarks
Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association reserve the right to use a student's, coach's or mentor's name, photograph, quote, likeness, descriptive essay or sample Web pages for publicity and promotional purposes. Students who participate in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program retain rights to all ideas and products generated through their participation in the program. Neither NSTA nor Toshiba will attempt to patent any student work.
For information on patents and trademarks, contact:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-14501
or call 800-786-9199 or 703-308-HELP.
Students who participate in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program retain rights to all ideas and products generated through their participation in the program. Neither NSTA nor Toshiba will attempt to patent any student work.