Twenty-Three Winning Teams Recognized for Innovative Solutions to the World’s Challenges
Jacksonville, FL, (April 13) – [Bishop Kenny is pleased to announce two teams from [Bishop Kenny] were selected as two of the regional winners of the 30th annual ExploraVision challenge, the largest K-12 science competition designed to build problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. (Diabetic Gene Therapy, and Specialized Orthotic Underfoot Lining Software Insole Technology) will advance to the national phase of the competition, where participants will have a chance to win $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity) and other great prizes. Members of the 23 winning teams have each received a Chromebook to support the development virtual posters, website and videos for the national phase of the competition.
[Chloe Barron ’25, Lily Brady ’25, Kelsey Garfield ’25, and Megan Porkert ‘25’ worked together to submit their project on Diabetic Gene Therapy. Their technology if it were to be developed would impact people with type two diabetes, a disease that affects more than 34 million people.]
[Sophie Cratem ’24, Davis Johnson ’24, Isabella Hutchins ’24, and Bridget Sutter ’24 worked together to submit their project on the Souls (Specialized Orthotic Underfoot Lining Software). Their technology if it were to be developed would prevent injuries from developing by analyzing a runner’s form, foot placement, and weight distribution with microsensors built into the person’s shoes.]
This year’s regional winners include innovative ideas ranging from drones that to help reduce the carbon footprint to virtual reality technologies for pain management.
[“I am proud of the dedication and effort that both Bishop Kenny teams put into their ExploraVision projects. I also commend their teachers for their commitment to our students.” Stated Mr. Todd Orlando, principal Bishop Kenny High School]
“The 30th year of the ExploraVision program saw students come up with critical and creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems,” said Ryuji Maruyama, Chairman and CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. “We applaud our winners and all our entrants for their resilience as well as their ideas for new technologies and smart solutions that improve and enhance our lives and communities.”
ExploraVision participants were challenged to come up with potential solutions to solve problems that may exist in the future. Using real scientific research, students outlined methods to plan and test their ideas. In the next phase of competition, the winning regional teams will be asked to build webpages and short videos to communicate and exhibit their ideas to the public.
“The level of creativity and dedication these students have shown through their projects is truly amazing. Their imaginative ideas are shining examples of the innovation teachers of science try to foster every day in science classrooms, museums and zoos nationwide,” said Eric Pyle, NSTA President. “We congratulate the ExploraVision regional winners on what they’ve achieved so far and applaud all of the team coaches for engaging and inspiring their students to make a real difference in the world that they will inherit.”
In the next phase of competition, the 23 regional winners, including our team from [Bishop Kenny], will advance to the national level. Members of first place national-winning teams each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Members of second place nationally winning teams will each receive a $5,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond (at maturity). Canadian winners receive Canada bonds purchased for the equivalent issue price in Canadian dollars. The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision ceremony concludes with an awards luncheon and ceremony, where winners will be formally recognized for their creativity and accomplishments.
Since its inception in 1992, close to 450,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated in the ExploraVision program. For 30 consecutive years, the program has helped children to expand their imagination and have fun while developing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education at an early age. Previous winners from over the last 30 years are also available for interview upon request. To learn more, visit https://www.exploravision.org/.
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