Before we proceed to the interview, Patricia Palazzolo was kind enough to fill me in on the steps that are needed to submit a project for the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program. These are her words:
"The students are asked to produce an 11-page paper and a 5-page design for a related Web site based on their ideas for the future of any current technology or technological item. They do a tremendous amount of research to learn about the beginnings and cutting-edge of the technological item. They then use their creative and critical thinking skills to imagine what that item might be like 20 years from now, what breakthroughs would be necessary to turn their futuristic idea into reality, and what the ramifications—both positive and negative—would be if their idea were to become reality. There are no three-dimensional models required for the initial submission, although students reaching the higher levels of the competition are required to create a visual representation of a prototype of their invention."
See Chapter 10 for more information about the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards Program. The Web site is www.exploravision.org
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