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.
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.
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”.
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.
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 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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