Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Launches 2013 Program, Announces Changes to Competition to Align More Closely with NRC Framework for

  Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Launches 2013 Program, Announces Changes to
  Competition to Align More Closely with NRC Framework for K-12 Science

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- August 29, 2012

For the past 21 years, the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program has motivated
hundreds of thousands of students across the U.S. and Canada to excel – and
have fun – at science. The world’s largest K-12 student science competition,
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is a hands-on program that has evolved over the
years, and continues to inspire young people to tap into their creativity, use
critical-thinking, and combine it with the tools of science and technology to
come up with ideas and inventions that could make the world a better place in
the future. Announced today, applications for the 2013 competition will be
available online at starting September 1^st. The deadline
for all projects is January 31, 2013.

Changes in 2013 Program Align It with NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education

Underwritten by Toshiba and administered by the National Science Teachers
Association (NSTA), ExploraVision challenges students to work in a team of two
to four to research scientific principles and current technologies as the
basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years.
Throughout its history, Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision has always remained true to
its core mission, to encourage excellence and motivate students in the STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) disciplines. This year, ExploraVision
is unveiling several key changes that align the program more closely with the
National Research Council’s (NRC) Framework for K-12 Science Education, which
will help define science education for the next 20 years and become a
foundation for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is one of the first national competitions to align
its efforts with this new initiative.

Among the changes to this year’s program, is a requirement that as students
provide an overview of their project idea for a new technology, they must also
define a key challenge or limitation of the present technology upon which
their idea is based. Additionally, students must describe a research project
that would have to be planned and carried out in order to test their
ExploraVision project, including, if possible, the type of data or
measurements that would be used in the assessment. For the first time, team
members must also create a Web page devoted to a depiction of a model or
visual representation of the technology that could be used to create a
prototype for display.

Mr. Masaaki Osumi, Toshiba America Inc.’s Chairman and CEO, and Toshiba’s
Corporate Representative for the Americas, commented on the importance of
ExploraVision to the company’s global initiative to enhance science education,
noting: “Toshiba is a global company, and here in North America, we are
engaged in a wide variety of different businesses and activities, everything
from the development of semiconductors and laptop computers to the
manufacturing of advanced power generation equipment, magnetic resonance
imaging and x-ray equipment. What ties everything together for Toshiba is our
corporate wide passion for innovation, science and learning, and the
ExploraVision program is a perfect reflection of these ideals. Toshiba and
other technology companies need innovators for the future, and it’s especially
gratifying to us that so many of our past ExploraVision winners have told us
how participating in this program taught them to appreciate innovation and
creativity. We are also especially pleased that ExploraVision has become such
a major part of the science curriculum in schools throughout the country, and
by aligning it even more closely with the NRC Framework for K-12 Science
Education, we are confident that the program will continue to play an
increasingly important role in science education.”

“The key to cultivating and sustaining the next generation’s interest in
science, technology, engineering and math is to engage them in discovery and
innovation,” said Dr. Gerry Wheeler, interim executive director, NSTA. “The
ExploraVision program not only teaches important lessons about real science
through critical-thinking and cooperative learning, it provides an excellent
way to spark the imagination of students in the STEM disciplines.”

A Valuable Tool for promotion STEM

In addition to providing students with the opportunity to win money they can
use for college tuition, the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Program gives
educators a valuable tool for helping motivate students to excel in science.
As a testament to its value in schools, the program has become so popular
among teachers that many across the U.S. and Canada now include it as part of
their regular science curriculum. Since the program’s inception in 1992, more
than 300,000 students have submitted projects.

Students on the four first-place Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision winning teams will
each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Students on
second-place teams will each receive a $5,000 Savings Bond (at maturity).
(Canadian winners receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue
price in Canadian dollars.) The eight teams will also receive an expenses-paid
trip with their families, mentor and coach to Washington, D.C. for a gala
awards weekend in June 2013. 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. Each of the 24 regional winning teams receives a Toshiba
laptop for their school and each member of the regional winning teams will
receive a Toshiba HD Camcorder.

This year, the teacher who submits the most eligible team projects in each
grade category will receive a Toshiba tablet, and the school that submits the
most eligible projects will receive $1,000 worth of Toshiba technology.
Teachers can learn more about ExploraVision and how to use it as a tool in the
classroom through a series of Web seminars at The NSTA Learning Center. Join
the first Web seminar, “What is ExploraVision and How Can I Use It In My
Classroom?” on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

For more information or an application for 2013, visit
or e-mail Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at
@ToshibaInnovate or join the ExploraVision Facebook Fan Page at

About Toshiba

Toshiba 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 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 Drives);
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (Laptop Computers, Telephony
Products, Flat Panel LCD TVs, and portable products); Toshiba America Business
Solutions, Inc. (Copiers, Facsimiles, Printers); 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).

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 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others
involved in science education.


DBA Public Relations
Katherine Higuera-McCoy, 212-388-1400
National Science Teachers Association
Kate Falk, 703-312-9211
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