Brilliant Projects, Inventions Secure Spots for Young Innovators in Top Science Fair in Washington, DC

National Winners of Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Science Competition to Be Honored at STEM Education Science Fair and Panel on Capitol Hill, Science Showcase and Gala Awards Banquet

WASHINGTON--()--This week, a group of young scientists and innovators from across the United States will travel to Washington, D.C., as Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) celebrate their inventive ideas for future technologies during the 23rd annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision awards weekend.

“Committed to People, Committed to the Future”

On Thursday, June 4, the eight national winners of the world’s largest K-12 student science competition will visit Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and their staff to exhibit their winning projects during a STEM Education Science Fair and will discuss the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education during a Senate Lunch panel.

On Friday, June 5, the student teams will formally present their projects during the ExploraVision Science Showcase at the National Press Club. Toshiba and NSTA will honor the teams’ creativity and achievements that evening at the culminating event, the ExploraVision Gala Awards Banquet.

Sponsored by Toshiba and administered by the NSTA, the ExploraVision competition encourages students to expand their imaginations and creative skills while developing an interest in STEM education at an early age. Students of all ages are encouraged to come up with solutions for some of the world’s toughest problems by choosing a current technology, researching it, and envisioning what a solution might look like in 20 years.

(See below for complete list of winning projects.)

STEM Education Science Fair

The STEM Education Science Fair will take place on Thursday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building and will be open to members of Congress and their staff. The event will celebrate this year’s winners, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their projects to members of Congress and their staff.

The Senate Lunch STEM Panel will feature ExploraVision students, teachers and mentors who will share their experience in the competition, discuss STEM education, and answer questions from members of Congress and their staff regarding the competition.

National Press Club Science Showcase

During the Science Showcase, eight winning student teams will showcase prototypes of their proposed inventive solutions for the future. Students will also feature their self-designed project websites to visually demonstrate their solutions. The students will present to members of the press, their peers, parents, educators, NSTA board and council members, and high-level Toshiba executives including Dr. Shiro Saito, Corporate Vice President, General Manager of Research and Development Division, Toshiba Corporation; and Mr. Masaaki Osumi, Chairman of Toshiba America, Inc. Esteemed speakers will include Dr. David Evans, Executive Director, National Science Teachers Association; Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, Co-Creator and Head Judge, ExploraVision; and John Anderson, President, Toshiba America Foundation.

At the Gala Awards Banquet, speakers will include Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft; Dr. Carolyn Hayes, President, National Science Teachers Association; and Dr. Kim Ly, a former ExploraVision winner. Toshiba’s Dr. Saito will also be featured as a speaker to congratulate the winning teams and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Toshiba’s operation in the United States.

Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Science, Technology and Innovation

More than 5,000 team projects were entered in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition this year, representing nearly 15,500 students from across the United States and Canada. This year’s winning projects ranged 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.

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).

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program, is open to all K-12 U.S. and Canadian students who are citizens or legal residents, and is just one of a host of Toshiba-sponsored programs that encourage STEM literacy. For example, past ExploraVision participants in grades 8-11, as well as NSTA-member high school teachers are eligible to apply to the TOMADACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy, a week-long, cross-cultural exchange program where students and teachers from Japan and the United States work in teams to develop proposed solutions to global issues using learning experiences that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). To learn more about the eight students and four teachers who will travel to Tokyo in August for this opportunity, visit http://www.exploravision.org/news/2015-tomodachi-toshiba-science-technology-leadership-academy-selects-students-and-teachers-stem.

For more information about ExploraVision, visit www.exploravision.org or e-mail exploravision@nsta.org. Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate or join Toshiba Innovation’s Facebook Page at www.Facebook.com/ToshibaInnovation to learn more about ExploraVision.

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision 2015 National Winners

2015 First Place Winners

Grade K–3: S.T.A.R. Sea Turtle Assistance Rod
Waldron Mercy Academy, Merion Station, PA
“S.T.A.R.” technology uses night vision cameras, temperature and motion sensors and solar cells that will help to keep sea turtle hatchlings safe as they journey to the sea.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/4725b/

Grade 4-6: The Green Tablet
Pine View Middle School, Land O’Lakes, FL
GREEN Tablet will limit the twenty to fifty tons of E-waste generated each year due to the disposing of electronic devices by dissolving in ten days in less than 10 millimeters of water, creating harmless byproducts. The GREEN Tablet is a better tablet for a better world.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/4138b/

Grade 7-9: Survival of the Freshest: Preservation of Organic Food
Marlboro Memorial Middle School, Morganville, NJ
In order to more efficiently preserve organic food and detect food contamination, the PACS (Protection Against Contamination and Spoilage) wrap will incorporate four layers that utilize denaturation, biosensors, and electrochromism. This technology will be environmentally friendly, durable, and flexible paving the way for health, economic, and environmental benefits.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/968q/

Grade 10-12: Programmable Bio-Scaffolding: The Suture of the Future
West Salem High School, Salem, OR
Every day, over two million people are forced to put their lives at risk by taking blood thinning medicines. Programmable Bio-Scaffolding (PBS) system will eliminate the fear of cuts and slow healing wounds.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/2208m/

2015 Second Place Winners

Grade K–3: SportaVision
Holmes Elementary, San Diego, CA
Sportavision is a virtual sports simulator that uses GPS technology to allow players to practice sports without the use of a net or field. SportaVision...score a set and you won't need a net.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/2951k/

Grade 4-6: Clarité - A Better Cochlear Implant
Harford Day School, Bel Air, MD
A new cochlear in-ear implant design will vastly improve the quality of sound for patients, enabling them to hear a wider range of frequencies.
Website: http://nstawebdirector.wix.com/cochleaair

Grade 7-9: Heat Utilizing Hearing Aids
Battle Creek Area Math & Science Center, Battle Creek, MI
Using body heat to recharge hearing aids by converting into an electric charge will be able to reach people in all corners of the world, with or without access to electricity or the money to constantly replace batteries.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/764h/

Grade 10-12: External Microbial Cleansing Device- EMCD
Northview High School, Duluth, GA
An eternal microbial cleansing device (EMCD) will quickly and efficiently remove bacteria, fungi, viruses, and toxins in the blood thus drastically improving the outcome of numerous patients with pathogenic diseases.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/1080u/

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, channels world-class capabilities in advanced electronic and electrical product and systems into five strategic business domains: Energy & Infrastructure, Community Solutions, Healthcare Systems & Services, Electronic Devices & Components, and Lifestyles Products & Services. Guided by the principles of The Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future”, Toshiba promotes global operations towards securing “Growth Through Creativity and Innovation”, and is contributing to the achievement of a world in which people everywhere live in safe, secure and comfortable society. Founded in Tokyo in 1875, today’s Toshiba is at the heart of a global network of over 590 consolidated companies employing over 200,000 people worldwide, with annual sales surpassing 6.5 trillion yen (US$63 billion).

Founded in 1965 and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Toshiba America, Inc. (TAI) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Toshiba Corporation and the holding company of nine Toshiba operating companies that offer a broad range of products and solutions for the residential, commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors. The nine companies, which along with TAI are known collectively as Toshiba America Group, are Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductor and storage solutions), Toshiba America Energy Systems, Inc. (Power generation solutions), Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (Digital products), Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. (Diagnostic imaging solutions), Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Inc. (Nuclear power solutions), Toshiba International Corporation (Industrial, power electronics & transmission & distribution solutions), Vital Images, Inc. (Medical imaging solutions), Toshiba America Research, Inc. (R&D) and Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA, Inc. (Medical imaging R&D). Toshiba’s North-America based company and a Foundation are: Toshiba America Foundation (Supports science and mathematics education across the United States) and Toshiba of Canada, Ltd. (Made up of four operating divisions).

For more information about the Toshiba America Group, please visit www.toshiba.com.

About NSTA

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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