6th Graders Named State Winners in the 15th Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition

6th Graders Named State Winners in the 15th Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition
Posted on 05/08/2017
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The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)announced the 6th grade team of Jasmine Baker, Grace Bradley, Veronica Geiger, and Sydney Kerlin from Woodland as a 1st place state winner in the 15th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. eCYBERMISSION, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), promotes self-discovery and enables students to recognize the real-life applications of science, math, technology, and mathematics (STEM). eCYBERMISSION challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.  6th grade teacher Mrs. Hoeting enjoyed this new project because it “allowed students to solve a real-world problem by working together as a team.  I loved that it was student led and that groups learned how to use their strengths and creativity to benefit what their team needed to accomplish collectively as a group.” 

Students compete for state, regional, and national awards for up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

These students worked together with their 6th grade teachers to create an affordable and useful collapsible ladder to story in classrooms in case of an emergency.  Winner Sydney Kerlin “liked how ECybermission allowed us to express our ideas on real-world problems and come up with possible answers on way to solve it. The process was easy because we used the engineering design process. It helped us answer the key questions in our project. It allowed us to work as a team and work out problems in our design.”

The teams then submitted their Mission Folder—the official write-up of the project— through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by volunteer virtual judges. State winning 1st place teams receive $1,000 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds and 2nd place teams receive $500 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds. 

“The U.S. Army applauds all the students for challenging themselves to the eCYBERMISSION competition in efforts to improve their communities,”” said Louie R. Lopez, AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager. “Congratulations to all the state winning teams and we encourage students to continue building their interest and knowledge in STEM.”

Woodland Elementary also congratulates this team and all of our 6th graders for working towards a common goal to help solve a problem in today’s world—a true example of Pack Pride!

For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, go to https://www.ecybermission.com .