|[June 20, 2014]
U.S. Army Announces National Winners Of eCYBERMISSION Competition; Awards Student Teams For Using STEM To Solve Real-World Problems
LEESBURG, Va. --(Business Wire)--
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, on behalf
of the Army Educational Outreach Program, is proud to announce the
2013-14 national winning teams of the 12th annual eCYBERMISSION
The online collaborative learning competition, administered by the
National Science Teachers Association, cultivates student interest in
science, technology, engineering and math by encouraging sixth through
ninth-graders to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their
"It's exciting to see these young students so enthusiastic about science
and engineering," RDECOM Deputy Director Jyuji Hewitt said. "In order to
ensure our Soldiers get the best technology, you have to have scientists
and engineers that work to bring that technology forward. To get those
scientists and engineers for the future, we need programs like this to
get that passion for STEM back into our young children. This program
The winning teams, announced today at the National Conference Center,
were chosen from among 20 finalist teams, which were selected from more
than 4,400 teams that entered the free competition this year. Since the
program's inception in 2002, eCYBERMISSION has awarded state, regional
and national competition winners with more than $8 million in U.S.
"One of the most important aspects of eCYBERMISSION is its emphasis on
teamwork and the collaborative process to accomplish a mission and
achieve results," said Mary Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the
Army for Research and Technology. "These capabilities are fundamental to
an effective military, as well as many American industries, and we want
to foster their development in our next generation."
Each member of the four national winning teams received $5,000 in U.S.
E.E. Savings Bonds (matured value), in addition to the $1,000 awarded to
them as state winners and $2,000 as regional first-place winners. The
2013-14 national winning teams are:
Sixth grade: Quake Safe, Gahanna Middle School East, Gahanna, Ohio
Members: Aston Cofer, Julia Bray, Luke Clay
Team Advisor: Haruna
Created an affordable hyperbolic paraboloid shaped housing
solution made from bamboo that can withstand earthquakes.
Seventh grade: Ants Go Marchin' 2 by 2, Science Rocks U,
Team Members: Davis J. Smith, George F. Wiebe,
Hudson S. Sanders, Christina R. Crawford
Team Advisor: Laura
To increase the health of agricultural soil, developed a
system to enrich seeds and use ants to disseminate them, resulting in
healthier, larger, and stronger plants.
Eighth grade: Bro x 4, Wheatland Middle School, Wheatland, Wyoming
Members: Haiden Moody, Joey Madsen, Jacob Stafford, Christian Moody
Advisor: Miken Harnish
Developed a system for converting school
locker banks into safety zones to provide students and teachers shelter
during a tornado.
Ninth grade: Crabyotics, Taos Middle/High School, Taos, New Mexico
Members: Anthony J. Archuleta, James M. Valerio, Andrea G. Chin-Lopez,
Julia A. Johnson
Team Advisor: Laura J. Tenorio
bio-filter system that can successfully remove antibiotic drugs from
drinking water, thus helping to stem he growth of drug-resistant
In addition to the national awards, the AEOP initiated
STEM-in-Action grants this year, up to $5,000 to four national finalist
teams whose implementation plans prove that their projects provide the
greatest possible impact within their communities. The 2013-14
STEM-in-Action grant winners are:
Crabyotics, Taos Middle/High School, Taos, New Mexico
members and description above.
CyberRams, Rocky Run Middle School, Chantilly, Virginia
Members: Diego Gutierrez, Rishabh Krishnan, Ravi Dudhagra, Adityasai
Team Advisor: Felipe Gutierrez
Created a computer
program that helps prevent noise-induced hearing loss by providing the
user with a map showing decibel levels the user experienced at different
locations during the day.
Knightettes of the Twisters, Jenks Middle School, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Members: Riya Kaul, Hayden C. Hilst, Rebecca Mackey
Developed an affordable, shock absorbent five-layer
composite that can be applied to strengthen the walls of the innermost
room of a house to provide greater protection against tornados.
Ravenclaws, Metea Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois
Members: Kalpa Anjur, Kavya Anjur, Lori Kipp
Team Advisor: Jonathan
To help predict tornado size and strength, designed a
tornado simulation chamber to identify how air and wind patterns impact
the strength, speed, and duration of tornadoes.
"eCYBERMISSION helps students understand that scientific inquiry has
practical application, and that they can utilize STEM skills to solve
problems in their communities, our country, and our world," said NSTA
executive director Dr. David Evans. "Science educators want students to
embrace science and master the competencies needed to meet the advanced
challenges society faces."
Winning teams were selected based on a rigorous evaluation process based
on several criteria including use of scientific method/inquiry or
engineering design process, collaborative effort and benefit to the
community. The judging panel consisted of U.S. Army scientists and
engineers from RDECOM, Army Corps of Engineers, Army Medical Command,
Army Test and Evaluation Command and the U. S. Military Academy.
For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, visit www.ecybermission.com
or contact Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9297) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by the U.S.
Army, one of several science, technology, engineering and math
initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program and
administered by the National
Science Teachers Association, the online collaborative learning
competition is designed to cultivate student interest in STEM by
encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to
real-world challenges in their local communities.
About Army Educational Outreach Program
The AEOP Cooperative Agreement was formed by the U.S. Army Educational
Outreach Program and includes Virginia Tech as the lead organization,
the Academy of Applied Science, American Society for Engineering
Education, the Technology Student Association, the University of New
Hampshire and, new member, NSTA. AEOP is charged with addressing
national needs for a STEM literate citizenry through a portfolio of
educational opportunities which includes unique experiences,
competitions, and high school internships that aim to spark an interest
in STEM and encourage participants to pursue college and careers in STEM
fields. The Army is committed to increasing the STEM talent pool in
order to ensure our national security and global competitiveness. For
more information on AEOP, visit www.usaeop.com.
RDECOM has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions
for America's Soldiers. It is a major subordinate command of the U.S.
Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel
readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development,
logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force,
across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots
it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC
provides it. For more information on RDECOM, visit www.army.mil/rdecom.
The Arlington, VA-based National
Science Teachers Association is the largest professional
organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science
teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes
approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors,
administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and
others involved in science education.
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