Toshiba & National Science Teachers Association Honor National Student Science Winners in Washington, D.C.

Leland Melvin is the ONLY person drafted into the NFL to have flown in space. The Pro Football Hall of Fame honored his athletic and academic accomplishments by placing his Detroit Lions jersey under glass in Canton, Ohio. This nationally renowned astronaut is being joined by winners of the 25th annual ExploraVision program, the world’s largest K-12 science competition. This amazing program honors the best and brightest students our nation has to offer, and is sponsored by Toshiba and administrated by the National Science Teachers Association. Melvin will be live from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and some interviews will include LOCAL student winners. We hope you’ll allow Mr. Melvin to explain the importance of science and to give these amazing students some recognition in their hometowns! For a complete list of winners, visit:

· THE IMPORTANCE OF STEM Education- How Leland and the ExploraVision program is helping kids be future innovators
· CHEWING AWAY CANCER–Using chewing gum that detects cancer from saliva
· WEARABLE KINETIC–Middle schoolers create a Thermoelectric Energy Harvester
· QUANTUM COMPUTERS –Teens create a new way to improve how we use computers

LELAND’S BIO: Leland holds four honorary doctorates for his service in education, the sciences and philanthropy. He was chosen as an ICON MANN with Quincy Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Steve Harvey and 24 other men selected for their ability to inspire people of all ages through their vision and commitment to creating positive change throughout the world. Leland has been honored with the NFL Players Association “Award of Excellence”. Leland has appeared on Top Chef as a celebrity judge and Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman, while Cesar Milan helped him with his unruly pooch Jake on an episode of The Dog Whisperer. He was featured in a Sci-Fi Channel program documenting the making of the Reach for the Stars song.

Related links:  Exploravision