Toshiba and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Honor Student Innovation with Prizes and Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ExploraVision–Toshiba and the NSTA today announced eight national winners of the 30th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision challenge, the world’s largest K-12 science competition. This year’s winners have shared innovative proposals to help overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the world today, from healthcare challenges to sustainability efforts and energy efficiency.
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision challenge is designed to inspire students to develop the skills emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards, including problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration skills. To participate, students must imagine and produce a system or a technology with the potential to solve the problems of the future. Regional finalist ideas were judged by a multidisciplinary panel of scientists across various sectors of government (e.g., NIH, NASA, NSF), academic researchers, biotechnology scientists and physician researchers.
“For 30 consecutive years, students across the U.S. and Canada have demonstrated creativity, passion and intelligence while coming up with new and innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest, most critical issues,” said Mr. Ryuji Maruyama, Chairman & CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. “We are proud to announce the winners of the 30th annual ExploraVision challenge. These students – with the support of their coaches, mentors, family and friends – are pushing the boundaries of modern science and we are continually inspired by their commitment to making the world a better place.”
“As we celebrate the 30th year of ExploraVision, we are reminded of all the amazing projects that students have created over the years. It is always rewarding to see students of all ages working on the cutting edge of science and technology advancement use their ingenuity and innovation to envision solutions that could define our shared future,” said Eric Pyle, NSTA President. “We are extremely proud of all the national winners, current and from years past, and commend all the educators and mentors for their dedication and encouragement of their students to explore science.”
The eight winning projects of the 30th Annual ExploraVision challenge reflect impressive ideas ranging from medical treatment and health innovations to sustainability and conservation.
Medical Treatment and Health Innovations
Projects related to medical treatment and health innovations were acknowledged through the use of their innovation and creativity to envision treatment and/or prevention to medical conditions. The Nightmare-No-More-Pajamas project aimed at creating a peaceful night’s rest by utilizing sleep monitoring sensors and electrodes to aid in the balance of the sleep/wake cycle. The CC Bot project created a nanobot solution to detect and eliminate heart disease. The iSpyStroke project sought to create a life-saving technology to protect individuals suffering from wake-up strokes. The Diabetic Balance Shoe sought to eliminate foot ulcers caused by diabetes.
Sustainability and Ecosystem Preservation
There were several projects focused on sustainability and ecosystem preservation that rose to become the national finalists. The Fungi Plastivore Purifier project showcases an innovative use of advanced LIDAR technology for detecting plastic in areas and harnessing solar energy to protect the environment. The Replenishanator project helps with deforestation using technology to improve planting methods. Another team, the AI 3000, utilized drone technology to create remotely operated vehicles that collect and degrade microplastics. CRISPR Technology was also showcased through the use of honeybees and genetically engineered neonicotinoid degrading microbiomes of bacteria to help combat bee mortality.
The eight national winning teams are comprised of a first-place winner and second-place winner from four groups based on grade level. 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).
The national winners of ExploraVision 2022 are invited to participate in an award ceremony on Friday, June 3 in Washington, D.C., during which winners will have the opportunity to showcase their winning ideas in a presentation to scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor, Bill Nye the Science Guy. The event will culminate with an awards ceremony where students will be formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.
For 30 consecutive years, ExploraVision has helped children to expand their imagination and have fun while developing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at an early age.
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Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision 2022 National Winners
2022 First-Place Winners
Grade K-3: Nightmare-No-More Pajamas
Greenfield Elementary, Philadelphia, PA
Grade 4-6: Fungi Plastivore Purifier
Queen of Peace, Salem, OR
Grade 7-9: CC Bot (Coronary Cure Bot)
Seattle Preparatory School and Holy Names, Seattle, WA
Grade 10-12: iSpyStroke
University of Illinois Laboratory High School, Urbana, IL
2022 Second-Place Winners
Grade K-3 : Diabetic Balance Shoe
Sonny & Joanne McSpedden Elementary School, Frisco, TX
Grade 4-6 : The Replenishanator
A.D. Henderson University School, Boca Raton, FL
Grade 7-9 : A.L. 3000: An autonomous remotely-operated vehicle to collect and degrade ocean microsplastics
Academies of Loudoun – Leesburg, VA
Grade 10-12 : Genetically Engineering A Neonicotinoid-Degrading Microbiome Bacteria Using CRISPR Technology to Create a Probeeotic that Combats Bee Mortality
Westminster High School – Westminster, CA
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