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Established in 1992, The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program has become one of the largest and most widely known K-12 student science awards, with approximately one quarter million student participants to date. Sponsored by Toshiba Corporation, the Toshiba America Group Companies and the Toshiba America Foundation, the program is administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
ExploraVision helps students discover the wonders of science and the world. Winners receive generous savings bonds and Toshiba products. In the ExploraVision program, students choose a current technology and imagine what it might be like 20 year in the future.
Student teams work with teachers and mentors to develop their ideas. The program has received widespread support from schools across the country, and helps science teachers provide their students with a challenging and fun educational experience. For more information on the ExploraVision Awards program, including summaries and photos of the recent winners, please visit: http://www.exploravision.org
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Dr. Betsy Bush
In 1993, Betsy and her teammates won first place for their project "Imagine '13." Since then, Betsy's passion for science has taken her quite a long way. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biological Psychology from The College of William and Mary, she went on to earn a Nursing Doctorate from the University of Colorado. She's worked in the maternal and child health field for over 14 years, and is the founder of Touchstone Nursing Center, providing lactation and nurse consulting services to young families.
"I credit ExploraVision for me choosing a healthcare career and forever being fascinated with science. Programs like ExploraVision provide critical opportunities for our future leaders to creatively use what they have learned to solve real-world issues by thinking around obstacles, by leveraging the power of a team, and by confronting open-ended problems without simple answers".
Back in 1993, Dr. Sun wondered when she was a senior at Warwick Veterans Memorial HS, in Rhode Island. She and her classmates envisioned the Bio-prosthetic Arm of the Future. The project both stimulated Sun's interest in neuroscience and made her aware of the importance of service to the community. She concentrated in biology and neuroscience as an undergraduate at Harvard and then went on to Harvard Medical School Now she is a radiologist at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she specializes in abdominal imaging, with a particular interest in the imaging diagnosis and evaluation of patients with renal center. As an instructor in radiology, she also teaches medical students and physicians.
Shaping the Future of Children
Dr. Amanda Thompson
Dr. Amanda Thompson was in 8th grade when her ExploraVision team was awarded 2nd place in their division at the 1994 ExploraVision Competition. Amanda's team developed a traffic control system for cars they called The Holographic Laser Light Traffic Control System (HL2TCS). The dashboard traffic control system let drivers know about driving conditions ahead of them.
Dr. Thompson credits ExploraVision as a catalyst for her pursuing a career in medicine. When asked about how ExploraVision helped shape her professional career she explained: "When young people, especially ones who are math or science inclined, are introduced to a program such as ExploraVision they have something to work toward and hold on to. The program inspires young minds, and helps build children's self-confidence. When my team won ExploraVision , I was on top of the world. I thought to myself: If I can win a national science competition, I can be a doctor."
Dr. Eleanor Ross
In 1995, Eleanor Ross and her ExploraVision team were awarded 1st place in the 7-9 grade category in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program. Her team envisioned "Wheelchairs," a battery-powered motorized wheelchair that could climb stairs. This powerful wheelchair also featured other convenient safety features such as snow tires.
Eleanor has attributed ExploraVision in igniting her interest in scientific research, she explained: "My experience with ExploraVision inspired me to remain curious and think critically about the world. It led to my interest in scientific research, from my simple project examining plant growth in high school, to my current study looking at predictors of surgical outcomes in infants. In my daily work, I employ skills I learned through ExploraVision - brainstorming ideas, developing action plans, working as a team, and helping people." Eleanor is a Pediatric Doctor in Chicago, IL.