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Calling Future Innovators: Toshiba, NSTA Now Accepting Entries for 31st Annual ExploraVision Competition

Sign Up Now for the World’s Largest K-12 Science Competition

Returning for its 31st year of inspiring innovation in the next generation of scientists, the 31st annual ExploraVision competition is now open for entries. The program, sponsored by Toshiba and administered by National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), challenges 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 open until January 31, 2023 at

Through the competition, teams of two to four students are challenged to identify a problem facing our world, research scientific principles and current technologies, and design innovative solutions that could exist in the next 10 or more years. Semi-finalists then create websites and prototypes to bring these concepts to life. The competition cumulates in Washington, D.C. where winners present their ideas to executives from Toshiba, NSTA and other VIPs. Last year’s winning ideas ranged from shoe designed to present diabetic foot ulcers to an autonomous ROV that filters microplastics from the ocean.

“We are thrilled to continue our sponsorship of the ExploraVision program for the 31st consecutive year,” said Ryuji Maruyama, Chairman & CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. “We believe that fostering a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from a young age is key to empowering the next generation of innovators and to realizing a brighter future for our world. We’re looking forward to seeing what the next generation of STEM professionals invent this year, and our continued partnership with NSTA around this initiative.”

Since the program launched in 1992, ExploraVision has helped nearly 450,000 students across the United States and Canada to cultivate a life-long passion for STEM. The competition provides a turnkey solution for teachers to excite, educate and engage students, virtually and in person, in the science and engineering practices found in the Next Generation Science Standards – such as asking questions and defining problems, planning and carrying out investigations, and analyzing and interpreting data.

“For the past 31 years, in partnership with Toshiba, we’ve been helping to foster tomorrow’s innovators, scientists, and engineers by challenging students to expand their imaginations to create pioneering solutions to real-life challenges,” said Elizabeth Mulkerrin, Ed.D., president, NSTA. “Through ExploraVision, students are encouraged to leverage their creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking skills to develop extraordinary ideas that can help change the world. We are excited to see what students come up with this year!”

Competition Opportunities and Prizes for Students

Student 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 finalist 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 plaque for their school, and each member of the team will receive a Chrome book and additional prizes.

In 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. If health and safety considerations allow, all first- and second-place national winners will receive an expense-paid trip for themselves, their parents/guardians and teachers or mentors to Washington, D.C. for an awards weekend in June 2023. 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 visit to receive free downloadable STEM lesson plans.

To enter for the 2022/2023 competition, visit Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at and Facebook for updates on the program.

About Toshiba

Toshiba Corporation leads a global group of companies that combines knowledge and capabilities from over 140 years of experience in a wide range of businesses—from energy and social infrastructure to electronic devices—with world-class capabilities in information processing, digital and AI technologies. These distinctive strengths support Toshiba’s continued evolution toward becoming an Infrastructure Services Company that promotes data utilization and digitization, and one of the world’s leading cyber-physical-systems technology companies. Guided by the Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba contributes to society’s positive development with services and solutions that lead to a better world. The Group and its 120,000 employees worldwide secured annual sales of 3.3 trillion yen (US$27.4 billion) in fiscal year 2021.

About Toshiba America, Inc.

Founded in 1965, Toshiba America, Inc. (TAI) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Toshiba Corporation and the holding company of three Toshiba operating companies that offer a broad range of products and solutions for the commercial, energy and industrial sectors. The three companies, which along with TAI are known collectively as Toshiba America Group, are Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductor & data storage solutions), Toshiba America Energy Systems, Corp. (Power generation solutions), and Toshiba International Corporation (Industrial, power electronics & transmission & distribution solutions).

About NSTA

The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.


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