Two Locust Valley teams have earned first place and are now national winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision Competition. These students competed against thousands of other young scientists and are among only four teams selected as first-place national winners. The teams, one from Bayville Intermediate School and the other from Locust Valley Intermediate School, have earned a trip to Washington, D.C., in June, and each team member will receive a $10,000 U.S. bond.

After the teams were named regional winners in March, they were required to create a website and video depicting their projects for consideration of the national prize. The Bayville Intermediate team’s project was a tick detection device that discovers a tick on the body before it can transmit disease. The project of Locust Valley Intermediate’s team posed a solution to cleaning up garbage that clutters outer space.

“The ExploraVision program gives young minds the opportunity to practice creativity, collaboration, and most importantly, innovative thinking”, said Fumio Otani, Chairman & CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. “As a company that prides itself on creating a better tomorrow through technology, we’re proud to partner with the National Science Teachers Association to celebrate the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.”

The winners include:

Bayville Intermediate School

  • Project: Tick Detective
    • Team: Olivia Childs Friedman, John Hartnett, Jonah Santoro and Angelica Sheehan
    • Coach: Paige Coppola
    • Mentor: Donna DeJesu


      Locust Valley Intermediate School

  • Project: Hubble NEST (Next Elimination of Space Trash) 
    • Team: Oliver Blaise and Leonard Gu
    • Coach: Anne Joyce
    • Mentor: Caroline McBride