Frequently Asked Questions
Science fans and students are naturally inquisitive people. Over the years we've gathered the most frequently asked questions and included the answers here. If you have a question or concern that's not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact us or watch a short video on ExploraVision’s Most Frequently Asked Questions below.
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A. No, there is no entry fee for the program. It's FREE to enter.
A. Two, three or four students may be on one team.
A. Yes, they can. Students from different schools and even different states may form a team.
A. No, team members do not have to attend the same school or the same state.
A. You can download real examples of past projects here.
A. Submit your project no later than Monday, February 1, 2016 to: Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3092. You may also submit your project online.
A. Projects must be received at Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-3000 by 5 pm EST, Monday, February 1st, 2016. (UPDATED NOTE: Deadline has been extended on February 8, 2016 due to inclement weather and school closings)
A. Students who enter the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition retain rights to all ideas and products generated through their participation in the program. Neither NSTA nor Toshiba will attempt to patent any student work.
Coaches and Mentors
A. No, the coach must be a teacher of at least one of the students on a team, and the mentor must be a different person. A mentor may represent an organization or business, be a parent/guardian of a team member, or be another school staff member or community member.
A. No. For home schooled children, we recommend that the parent/teacher ask a non-team member's parent to be the coach of the team or ask a local school's teacher to be the coach. But any parent is welcome to be the mentor of the team.
A. No, under no circumstances may a parent be the teacher coach of a team on which his or her child is a member.
A. Teams have the option of selecting a mentor as an additional advisor. The role of the mentor is that of a resource person.
A. The mentor may be from another state. However, the coach for the team must teach at one of the team members' schools. If you are seeking a mentor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A. No, you can't be a coach. But any parent can be a mentor.
A. No, you may put the title at the top of the abstract and the first page of the description.
A. No, the abstract does not count as part of the description. It is not counted in the 11-page limit of the Description.
A. No, the bibliography is in addition to the description and therefore not counted in the 11-page limit of the description.
A. Web pages may be hand-drawn on the Sample Web Page or computer-generated and may include text, pictures, photographs and diagrams.
A. ExploraVision offers a great opportunity to put into practice many of the National Science Education Standards. The competition is a ready-made tool for teaching the content standards, and also provides a means to assess students' science knowledge and problem-solving abilities. Students also benefit by working on communication and collaborative group skills and taking responsibility for their own learning. And, of course, it's challenging and fun!
A. One of the crucial roles of the coach is to provide motivation. Whether you're offering constructive criticism or cheering students on, you have an important role in keeping your team on track and enthusiastic. Read more about motivating your team on www.exploravision.org/motivating-your-team
A. You can get more information on the NGSS.