Rules & Requirements
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All projects must meet the following requirements:
- All entrants must be United States or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada and enrolled full-time in a public, private or home school
- Students must be no older than 21 years of age
- National Science Teachers Association employees, NSTA board members, ExploraVision judges and their respective families are not eligible to enter the competition
- Any project that has won at ExploraVision's regional and/or national levels may not be re-submitted in future years
- Any project previously awarded a prize in another competition may not be submitted
- Any student who was selected as a regional or national finalist in ExploraVision can only compete in subsequent years with a new team — i.e., with students who have not previously been selected as ExploraVision regional or national finalists
- Students enter as a team of 2-4 students with a teacher/coach and optional mentor (no individual entries)
- For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Each category will be judged separately, based on the abilities of students in those grades. Students in a lower grade may be part of a team competing in the next-higher category. However, students may not move down to a lower grade-level category. ExploraVision has four categories:
- Primary Level (Grades K – 3)
- Upper Elementary Level (Grades 4 – 6)
- Middle Level (Grades 7 – 9)
- High School Level (Grades 10 – 12)
Each student may only submit one project per year. However, each teacher/coach can participate in multiple projects per year. Each complete project must consist of:
- A Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision submission form*
- An abstract (150 words max.)
- The project description (11 pages max.)
- Five sample Web pages**
Submission materials will not be returned. Please retain a copy for your records. You may photocopy any part of the submission materials. Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions, it is impossible to give individual critiques to participants.
* If you are submitting projects online, the mail in entry form is not required.
**sample webpage forms may be downloaded from your coach dashboard when logged into your account on our website.
Rights, Patents and Trademarks
Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association reserve the right to use a student's, coach's or mentor's name, photograph, quote, likeness, descriptive essay or sample Web pages for publicity and promotional purposes. Students who participate in the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program 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.
For information on patents and trademarks, contact:
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-14501
or call 800-786-9199 or 703-308-HELP.