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15:17 | 11.06.2010
Winners in ExploraVision, Worlds Largest K-12 Science and Technology Competition, to Present Future Technologies in Washington, DC

Today the national winning student teams in the 18th annual
Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards
Program, the world’s largest K-12 student science and technology
competition, will share their innovative ideas for future technologies
at a special Science Showcase at the National Press Club in Washington,
DC. In honor of the ExploraVision Awards ceremony, District of Columbia
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has declared June 11, 2010 as “ExploraVision
Science & Technology Day.” Press is invited to interview students and
other participants during a Media Open House starting at 10:30 AM. The
program’s eight National Winners for 2010, including four First Place
and four Second Place student teams, looked to the world around them to
propose ideas for technologies that could make the future better,
healthier and more eco-friendly. (See enclosed document for complete
list of winning entries.)

At the Science Showcase, the students will present to members of the
press, their peers, parents, educators, National Science Teachers
Association (NSTA) executives and members and high-level Toshiba
executives including Atsutoshi Nishida, Chairman of the Board &
Director of Toshiba Corporation and Yoshihide Fujii,
Chairman and CEO of Toshiba America, Inc.

The formal program is scheduled to begin at 12:30 PM. Speakers will
include Steve Robinson, Special Advisor, Office of Elementary and
Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education; Michael Lach,
Special Assistant, STEM Education, U.S. Department of Education; Sharon
Barner, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Dr.
Arthur Eisenkraft, Co-Creator, ExploraVision; John Anderson, President,
Toshiba America Foundation; and Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive
Director, NSTA.

At the Gala Awards Banquet scheduled for 6:45 PM, speakers will include
Emmy Award-winner Bill Nye the Science Guy; Ambassador Ichiro
Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to
the United States of America; Atsutoshi Nishida, Chairman of the
Board & Director of Toshiba Corporation; Dr. Alan McCormack,
President, NSTA; Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, Co-Creator,
ExploraVision; and Dr. Arthur Desrosiers, Past ExploraVision
Winner from 1994.
Bright Ideas for a Better 2030!
In the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program, students select an
existing technology and envision what it might be like 20 years in the
future. This year’s winning students envisioned a wide range of
innovative technologies that could make the world a better place in
2030, from environmentally friendly ways to generate biofuels from algae
to medical breakthroughs that could restore sight to the blind. The 24
ExploraVision national winning students on the eight winning teams were
selected from 4,551 team entries, representing the participation of
13,949 K-12th grade students from the U.S. and Canada who
submitted entries to this year’s competition. Members of each of the
four First Place ExploraVision teams will each receive a US Series EE
Savings Bond valued at $10,000 at maturity that may be used to offset
increasing education costs. Students on Second Place teams will each
receive a US Savings Bond valued at $5,000 at maturity.

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards program, funded by the Toshiba
Corporation, the Toshiba America Companies, Toshiba of Canada, Ltd., and
the Toshiba America Foundation and administered by the National Science
Teachers Association, is open to all K-12 U.S. and Canadian students who
are citizens or legal residents.

For more information or an application for 2011, visit www.exploravision.org
or e-mail exploravision@nsta.org. Follow
ExploraVision on Twitter @exploravision or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ToshibaNSTAExploraVision.
About ToshibaThe Tokyo-based Toshiba Corporation is a leading innovator and
diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and
electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment
and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic
components and materials, power systems, industrial and social
infrastructure systems, and household appliances. Toshiba employs over
14,000 people in North America and Toshiba America, Inc. is the holding
company for six Toshiba operating companies in the United States.Toshiba’s U.S.-based companies and some of their chief products are
as follows: Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (Semiconductors,
Flash Memory-Based Storage Solutions, LCDs, and Custom Chips); Toshiba
America Information Systems, Inc. (Laptop Computers, and Hard Disk
Drives, Telephony Products); Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
(Copiers, Facsimiles, Printers); Toshiba International Corporation
(Motors, Motor Controls, Uninterruptible Power Systems from 1KVA to
3000KVA, Power Generation Equipment, Automation, LED Lighting); Toshiba
America Medical Systems, Inc. (Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance,
X-ray and Ultrasound); Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. (Flat
Panel LCD TVs, and portable products); Toshiba America Nuclear Energy
Corporation (Advanced Boiling Water Nuclear Reactors) and Toshiba of
Canada, Ltd. (Made up of four operating divisions).About NSTAThe Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
is the largest professional organization in the world promoting
excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
NSTA’s current membership includes more than 60,000 science teachers,
science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry
representatives, and others involved in science education.ExploraVision 2010 National Winners2010 First Place Winners
 
Grade K-3Willow Grove Elementary, San Diego, CASign Language Interpreter
The Sign Language Interpreter converts hand-created signing into
verbal words to help deaf people better communicate with people
who do not understand sign language. Electrodes on the signers’
fingertips sense movement and send signals to a tiny computer
inside a finger ring that translates the signals into recognizable
sounds.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/2237Q/
 
Grade 4-6Scofield Magnet Middle School, Stamford, CTCommunity Algae BioReactor
The Community Algae Bioreactor (mCAB) is a miniature renewable
energy processing unit that creates biofuels from algae while
cleaning water and reducing CO2 levels. The closed-system
mCAB uses plastic tubes line with nanosand to remove fast-growing,
easily-harvested “super algae” with a high and constant oil content
from wastewater and then extracts oil from the algae for fuel
production.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/2126R/
 
Grade 7-9Forest Ridge School, Bellevue, WAEPPIC – Ecological Paper Printer and Ink Collector
The EPPIC (Ecological Paper Printer and Ink Collector) laser printer
system recycles and reuses printed paper and its ink created by
binding an organic renewable pigment to a graphene sheet with a
large surface area made using nanotechnology. EPPIC extracts the ink
from the paper by reducing the graphene surface contact area and
then reuses the collected ink and paper to make new prints.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/1755F/
 
Grade 10-12University Laboratory High School, Urbana, ILNIBEye: Neural Interfaced Bionic Eye
The NIBEye: Neural Interfaced Bionic Eye creates a visual prosthesis
using principles behind biocompatibility. The functional prosthetic
eye is conceptualized to restore sight to the blind through the
integration of biocompatible alloys, lotus effect hydrophobic
corneas, multi-focal intraocular lenses, stretchable silicon
retinas, cortical stimulation, Brain-Machine interfaces, and
biobatteries.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/4150A/
 
2010 Second Place Winners
 
Grade K-3Tampa Christian Community School, Tampa, FLSmart Touch First Aid Kit
The Smart Touch First Aid Kit provides specialized treatment for
injuries and emergencies by packaging medical supplies,
instructions, and communication devices in one kit. Touch screen,
GPS, wireless internet, and cell phone components are used to
identify the injury, activate video treatment instructions, connect
the caregiver with medical or emergency staff via videoconferencing,
and provide directions to hospitals.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/1359A/
 
Grade 4-6Fairmont Private School, Anaheim, CAA. C. E.
Automatic Correcting Eyeglasses (A.C.E.) contain computer-controlled
lenses and micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) ultrasonic sensors
to continuously track the cornea and measure refractive errors from
eyes and adjust the shape and distance of the lenses accordingly to
correct vision. A.C.E. eliminates the need for renewing
prescriptions while monitoring and alerting the wearer of more
serious problems through wireless data transmission.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/4202N/
 
Grade 7-9Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Teaneck, NJREGENX: Human Limb Regenerative Protein Cocktail Injections
REGENX investigates human cellular differentiation to develop a
bioengineered approach to limb regeneration using induced stem cell
technology. Functionally-timed Human Limb Regenerative Protein
Cocktail Injections containing an individual’s own tissue and
introduced into the site of an amputation dedifferentiate adult
somatic cells back to stem cells to redevelop tissue and limbs.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/746K/
 
Grade 10-12Stuyvesant High School, New York, NYI-CEE: IKVAV – Scaffold Center-Surround Eyesight Enhancement
I-CEE (IKVAV-Scaffold Center-Surround Eyesight Enhancement) employs
advances in ophthalmology and material science to treat age-related
macular disease and retinitis pigmentosa. I-CEE consists of
color-filtering photovoltaic cells—acting as photoreceptors that
convert photons into electricity—housed in a pentapeptide IKVAV
scaffold base to promote cell adhesion, aid in neural growth, and
link the eye’s natural system to I-CEE to restore color vision and
improve resolution.
Website: http://dev.nsta.org/evwebs/2868V/


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