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Presenters

Deborah Kennedy
Deborah Kennedy I teach mathematics and pre-engineering at Wando High School, a public high school in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. I began teaching ten years ago after working as a structural engineering for several years. I am a national board certified teacher in mathematics, a Project Lead the Way master teacher in Civil Engineering and Architecture, and a registered professional engineer. Last year I was awarded the Barbara H James Award for Outstanding Career and Technology Educator in South Carolina. Two years ago, while browsing the Internet looking for a group project for a design class that I was teaching, I discovered the Toshiba /NSTA Exploravision competition – a multi-disciplinary, research-based, open ended problem solving opportunity. Of the four groups that I coached, three submitted entries. Two of the groups were awarded honorable mention in our region. The third group eventually became the Grades 10 -12 Toshiba/NSTA Exploravision national winners in 2007.


Diane Pollitt
Diane Pollitt I feel that using a variety of hands-on, project-based learning experiences, and through a process of questioning, exploration, and discovery that students become engaged in the acquisition of lifelong learning skills. Pollitt has taught elementary gifted and talented students for almost two decades, currently teaching in Olathe, Kansas. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chapman University and a Masters degree in special education/gifted from Emporia State University. She has been involved with ExploraVision for sixteen of the seventeen years. Over the years she has coached regional winning teams in second, third, fifth and sixth grade with one fifth grade team earning the ExploraVision national award in 2006. She has also had numerous teams earn the honorable mention rating.


Mary Harris
Mary Harris I teach physical science at the middle level and chemistry in the high school at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, MO. I am also a Polymer Ambassador so I write and present activities/laboratories for any grade level to help teachers incorporate polymers into an existing curriculum. I have had students compete in ExploraVision since 1997. I only coach one or two teams per year, from the eight or ninth grades, and our school has won seven national awards. I really enjoy coaching small groups of students and we all learn interesting science topics together! I won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2002. I have published various journal articles but the most recent is in the Journal of Chemical Education, October 2008, entitled “Polymers in the Field and Track”.


Nancy Carter
Nancy Carter Mrs. Nancy Carter has been coordinating the program for identified gifted and talented students at Mediapolis Community Schools in Mediapolis, IA since 1993. She has a BSSE in Biology and Chemistry and is endorsed to teach gifted and talented students K-12. Mrs. Carter has had students participate in ExploraVision for a number of years.


Diana Celle
Diana Celle I teach 3rd grade at Holmes Elementary School in San Diego, California. ExploraVision has challenged many of my students over the years. I was fortunate to coach four national winning teams. All of my young ExploraVision participants enjoyed the fun, learning process as they came up with their futuristic inventions. I've seen many changes in the contest over the years, but one thing remains the same - ExploraVision challenges students to be scientific and innovative team players.


Arthur Eisenkraft
Arthur Eisenkraft Arthur Eisenkraft is the co-creator of the Toshiba ExploraVisions program and has chaired the judging panels for all 16 years of the competition. He is also the Distinguished Professor of Science Education at UMass Boston as well as the Director of the Center of Science and Math in Context (COSMIC). Arthur was President of NSTA in 2000-2001.



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