Students Learn Innovation and Creativity Through Science

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could show off your idea for some innovative technology that will exist 20 years from now?

Well, that chance is here for students in grades K-12. Even as U.S. leaders worry that we’ve fallen behind other countries in producing graduates in the critical STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – the 21st annual Toshiba ExploraVision science competition is back to inspire young people to use their creativity and critical-thinking skills to help change the world.

“It’s especially gratifying that so many of our past winners have told us how participating in this taught them to appreciate innovation and creativity,” says Masaaki Osumi, chairman and CEO of Toshiba America, Inc. Toshiba is the longtime sponsor of the event, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association.

And those past winners have hardly been slouches. Last year, a team from the Alternative School of Math and Science in Corning, N.Y., came up with an idea for a filtration system utilizing “nanotubes” to separate dangerous radium from water, which would effectively increase the world’s supply of potable H2O.

Entrants, who’ll be vying by grade level for prizes including $10,000 (at maturity) in savings bonds – teachers can win a Toshiba tablet – needn’t create an actual prototype. What’s required by the January 31, 2013, deadline is supporting data demonstrating the project’s need and feasibility. For full rules and entry forms, visit www.exploravision.org or e-mail exploravision@nsta.org. Follow ExploraVision on Twitter at @ToshibaInnovate or join the ExploraVision Facebook Fan Page at www.Facebook.com/ToshibaInnovation.

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