Over the last several months this blog has covered a wide variety of science topics. During the month of April, I want to focus on science programs and competitions that you and your schools can participate in. The first in this series is ExploraVision, which is in its 16th year of operation.
ExploraVision is a scholarship competition that focuses on the development of future technologies. This competition is open to kids from Kindergarten all the way through the 12th grade. The best part about this science competition is that it offers high value scholarships as well as valuable regional awards. For example, the first place prize is a $10,000 U.S. EE Savings Bond and the second place prize is a $5,000 U.S. EE Savings Bond. In addition to these overall prizes, regional prizes will also be awarded to the 24 regional categories. The regional prizes include a notebook computer for the winning school and special gifts for each of the regional winners.
There is no entry fee for this competition. It is a team event, and teams can be made up of 2, 3 or 4 students. Students on the team don’t have to be from the same school and they can also be from a homeschool. The entry deadline for this competition is January of each year, and you retain all the rights to your inventions.
While entries are due until January of next year, it is not too early to start working on your entries. A good way to prepare for this competition is to complete practice energy science fair projects, like an alternative energy power house.