A team of local First Flight High School (FFHS) students, mentored by educators at the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), recently competed in the 2017-2018 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) ExploraVision national STEM competition. In this competition, students imagine and create an idea for a technology that will be developed 20 years in the future to overcome challenges or limitations faced today. They use the scientific process to research and develop their inventions.
“ExploraVision provides a hands-on learning experience for K-12 students and allows them to see the scientific process unfold from idea to fruition,” Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director said.
This year there were over 4,500 team entries to the competition which equaled about 14,500 students from across the nation. Four freshmen at First Flight High School, Noah Corbett, Gavran Dodson, Cullin McNinch and Andrew Whitehead submitted the project “Power Through Destruction” to the competition. Their idea was to set up an underwater power grid that creates electricity from ocean energy in locations that have experienced a major failure to their electrical source from natural disasters. Their project consisted of a 15-page research paper and the design of a website that outlined their idea. While the students did not win the grand prize, their submission did very well against students from all over the country. The “Power Through Destruction” project earned an Honorable Mention Award, which placed them in the top 10% of participants.
STEM competitions are great ways for students to develop problem solving skills, utilize the concepts they are taught in the classroom, and create unique solutions through creative teamwork. ExploraVision is a national STEM competition designed for k-12 students of all interests and skill levels enrolled in public, private, or home school. 2017-2018 was the second year that CSI educators mentored an ExploraVision team.
For more information on UNC Coastal Studies Institute K-12 programs or to create a team for ExploraVision contact David Sybert at 252-574- 5451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.