5th-Grader’s Project Received Honorable Mention

  • Posted on:  March 25, 2019

High Point Academy | Spartanburg SCCongratulations to three High Point Academy Spartanburg 5th-grade students for being recognized for their work on the Exploravision project. This is a national STEAM based competition that goes beyond the typical science project. Jayden Ritchie, Molly Nestberg, and Aden McDowell received an honorable mention for the work they did on the capsule endoscopy. “It’s this camera pill that you swallow and it goes down your intestines,” said Ritchie. “We figured out all of its problems and all of the things that are wrong with it,” added McDowell. The students explored the current technology and then came up with ways to improve it over the next 20 years.


ExploraVision is a science competition that goes beyond the typical student science competition and into what it takes to bring ideas to reality. Students worked in groups of 2–4 to simulate real research and development. Students handle everything from picking a current technology, research it, envision what it might look like in 20 years, and describe the development steps, pros & cons, and obstacles. “It’s not just a science project it covers almost every research writing skill there is, it was totally a STEM project so I got the other teachers involved and said let’s work on this together,” said 5th-Grade Science Teacher Leah Pettit.


Since its inception in 1992, nearly 400,000 students from across the United States and Canada have participated in Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision. It’s a fun and engaging program that can inspire a lifelong love of science, technology, and innovation. “They worked so hard and I was so excited to see one of the groups get recognized for their accomplishment because they spent a lot of hours on this. It’s not just a grade in the grade book its someone coming out and saying you did a good job,” added Pettit. We are all very proud of the work these students and all of the 5th-grade participants accomplished. Watch more about the project below.


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