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Why Didn’t I Win in ExploraVision?
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on October 18, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Nancy McIntyre, science teacher and coach and Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, Distinguished Professor of Science Education at UMass in Boston. The presenters gave an overview of the ExploraVision competition and focused specific attention on the elements required to have a successful team outcome.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

The presenters provided information about the basic elements of the ExploraVision competition and what teachers can expect. Ms. McIntyre shared her experience with team advisors, entry components and how to create high quality entries. Dr. Eisenkraft talked about the elements that are particularly important to the judges and where participants want to place the bulk of their time and resources. Marie Wiggins, from NSTA, assisted on the chat, and the participants were able to get all their questions answered.

Forty-five (45) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenters and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Virginia. In addition, two participants joined from locations outside of the United States: Canada and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "The students have been asking if they could do a science fair. This will be a wonderful alternative.”
  • “The presenters clarified the process requirements and added many helpful hints on how to proceed with your students and what NOT to do.”
  • “This competition can engage students' creativity in scientific design and research.”
  • “I think this would be an engaging project for my students to work on. It will give a challenge to students who are capable of thinking past the usual assignments.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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