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Science Technology Competition (North America)

photo of Science-Oriented Scholastic Competition for North American StudentsPrize Winning Teams, and Officials

Toshiba has organized the ExploraVision Awards (EVA), a science and technology contest for U.S. and Canadian students from kindergarten through high school, in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) since 1992.

EVA is a science technology contest with a dream, predicting future technologies that might be realized in 21 years based on existing science and technology. Entering its 21th year of existence this year, EVA has very long history of any activity conducted by a Japanese company to support science education in the U.S. More than 320,000 students have participated, and the number of applications for participation exceeds 95,000 to date.

Every year, we invite the eight teams that have made the most outstanding proposals to Washington, DC to be presented with awards. In addition to offering the students a forum in which to exhibit their prizewinning projects, the event also affords them an opportunity to visit their local congressmen and senators in order to present their reports. Toshiba employees also participate in a variety of ways, including managing events and leading teams.


Children form teams with their teachers, and commence entry procedures from September. For each theme, the teams study the existing science and technology, and using this as a base propose a technology that they would like to see realized in 20 years.
The proposals are then reviewed, and in March the best 24 teams are selected as Regional Winners. Following this, the proposals made by the Regional Winners are published on the EVA website, and in April four teams are selected to receive First Prize, and another four teams are awarded Second Prize. In June, the students in these eight teams, together with their teachers and families, are brought to Washington, DC for the awards event (EVA Weekend).

Awards Event

On the day before the awards ceremony, the teams visit the offices of their local congressmen and senators and present their prizewinning reports.

photo of Senator Barack Obama (2006)

Senator Barack Obama (2006)

photo of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007)

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007)

photo of Senator Hillary Clinton (2003)

Senator Hillary Clinton (2003)

On the morning of the awards ceremony, each team is interviewed by its local television station, appearing live on the morning news.

They have the opportunity to explain their projects to VIPs and the media.

Politicians and celebrities from the U.S. and Canada send congratulatory letters and videos.

The prizewinning students are congratulated by VIPs at the awards party.

photo of The Florida team appearing on a TV program "Satellite Media Tour"

The Oregon team appearing on a TV program "Satellite Media Tour"

photo of The prized team explaining their project to VIPs

The prized team explaining their project to VIPs

photo of Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America, expressing his congratulations

Mr. Evans, the Representative of NSTA, expressing his gratitude.

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Declared June 1, the day of the awards ceremony, to be ExploraVision Science and Technology Day.
The day of the awards ceremony was declared to be "The Day of EVA".
Winners of last year were invited to President Obama, and they have described the winning projects at the White House.

photo of 18 prize winners in the 1st EVA (1993) attend the ceremony

Certification of "The Day of EVA"

photo of Declaration of ExploraVision Science and Technology Day by Mayor of Washington, DC

Winners of last year were invited to President Obama


2013 Prizewinners

1st Place Winners

GRADES K-3 (Kindergarten to 3rd year elementary school)

• Theme: The SIGHT System
• School: LD Batchelder Elementary School - North Reading, MA
The SIGHT System uses holographic imagery, GPS data, Bluetooth and 4G communication technology to project a 3D image of a building and relay information about an emergency situation to first responders. Rescue personnel would be able to communicate better and coordinate plans using both a holographic table and visual imaging systems built into their helmets, potentially resulting in fewer lives lost and less property damage

photo of GRADES K-3 (Kindergarten to 3rd year elementary school)

GRADES 4-6 (4th to 6th year elementary school students)

• Theme: SMART Moves
• School: Chapman Hill Elementary School - Salem, OR
SMART Moves is a full body flexible suit with foot pressure sensors, accelerometers, SMART fabric, memory shape alloys, and a SMART screen. The suit continuously makes slight corrections bringing the individual back to the center of gravity before a fall can occur. Keeping people active and independent while promoting healthy living through SMART Moves technology will become a widespread solution to mobility issues for future generations.

photo of GRADES 4-6 (4th to 6th year elementary school students)

GRADES 7-9 (1st to 3rd year junior high school)

• Theme: Food Allergen Detector
• School: Kilmer Middle School - Vienna, VA
The Food Allergen Detector will use Raman spectroscopy, a method in which a UV laser beam is focused on a food sample and the scattered light is detected. A small amount of the scattered light will change in frequency. The plot of the intensity of the "shifted light" versus the frequency is the unique Raman spectrum of the sample. The FAD will use a database of such Raman spectrums to identify and provide information on the presence or absence of common allergens in the sample.

photo of GRADES 7-9 (1st to 3rd year junior high school)

GRADES 10-12 (1st to 3rd year high school)

• Theme: Immunotargeted DNA-based nanostructures for the delivery of the pro-angiogenic VEGF protein to revascularize infarcted myocardium
• School: Bellarmine College Preparatory - San Jose, CA
Immunotargeted DNA nanostructures integrate DNA "origami" and antibody-based specificity to revascularize damaged heart tissue after a heart attack. This two-component delivery mechanism allows for the specific targeting of the angiogenic VEGF protein directly to the site of injury. Revascularization of infarcted myocardium will make stem cell therapy a viable treatment for heart attacks. This flexible delivery design can also be easily applied to target any therapeutic to any cell population in the human body.

photo of GRADES 10-12 (1st to 3rd year high school)

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2nd Place Winners

GRADES K-3 (1st year kindergarten to 3rd year elementary school)

• Theme: Lice-A-Nator
• School: Kingsley Elementary - Evanston, IL
The Lice-A-Nator is a special hairbrush with fiber optic bristles that can detect and kill lice safely and effectively lice and nits on human heads, clothing, furniture, and other objects. The hairbrush's bristles and processors are wired to a computer processor in the brush handle. Our lice detection and extermination product, Lice-A-nator, uses safe, neat, and smart technology to detect and kill lice.

photo of GRADES K-3 (1st year kindergarten to 3rd year elementary school)

GRADES 4-6 (4th to 6th year elementary school)

• Theme: LEADS
• School: Mitchell Intermediate School - The Woodlands, TX
L.E.A.D.S. is an acronym for the Laminitis Equine Absolute Diagnosis System, a device that can be used to more accurately and swiftly diagnose Laminitis, a debilitating and often deadly disease that affects horses and other hoofed animals. The L.E.A.D.S. is a rectangular pad with a spongy side that a veterinarian presses into the bottom of the animal's hoof that can quickly and easily provide the x-rays, venograms and radiography needed to accurately diagnose laminitis, and a hard side that electronically displays all of the results and data from the tests. Early detection of Laminitis will give affected animals a much better chance of survival.

photo of GRADES 4-6 (4th to 6th year elementary school)

GRADES 7-9 (1st to 3rd year junior high school)

• Theme: The Opti Arm-An Optical Interface Prosthetic Device
• School: The Alternative School for Math and Science - Corning, NY
This prosthetic arm system will simulate the neural pathway and allow true to life movements in real time through the use of a multimode optical fiber interface and genetically modified bioluminescent progenitor cells in the brain. The brain of the wearer would literally control the movements of the arm.

photo of GRADES 7-9 (1st to 3rd year junior high school)

GRADES 10-13 (1st to 3rd year high school)

• Theme: S2I
• School: Our Lady of Lourdes Academy - Miami, FL
The S2I is a transformational treatment for scoliosis. The hollow fiber vest delivers drug therapy, electrical impulses, magnetic forces and mechanical forces in concert with each other and orchestrated by a control panel. Transdermal drug therapy will relax muscles and enable the body to reshape bone. Mechanical forces and magnetic forces will straighten the spine while transcutaneous electrical impulses will strengthen the muscles supporting the spine. The S2I will be more effective, safe, and comfortable than current bracing or surgical treatments.

photo of GRADES 10-13 (1st to 3rd year high school)