|[August 27, 2014]
U.S. Army's eCYBERMISSION Kicks Off 13th Year of Competition
ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, on behalf
of the Army
Educational Outreach Program, today announced the kickoff of the 13th
program, a free online learning competition designed to cultivate
student interest in science, technology, engineering and math by
encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to
real-world challenges in their local communities. Students can win on a
state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams
receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.
Registration is open until December 17, 2014 at www.ecybermission.com.
Through the program, which is administered by the National
Science Teachers Association, teams of three to four students plus
an adult team advisor are asked to identify an issue in their community
related to one of seven mission challenges, including:
alternative sources of energy;
food, health and fitness;
force and motion;
national security and safety;
After selecting a mission challenge, teams apply the scientific
practices or engineering design process to propose a solution. Each team
then submits a mission folder, the official write-up of their project,
via the eCYBERMISSION website.
A panel of virtual judges evaluates and scores the mission folders on
the basis of several criteria to identify state winning teams. The top
three scoring state winners at each grade level in each region then move
on to the regional competition, where they compete with other teams in
their grade across the region for an all-expenses paid trip to the
National Judging and Educational Event, taking place June 2015.
for the 2014-2015 competition will remain open through December 17,
2014. Final mission folder submissions are due February 25, 2015. To
participate, students must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent
Residents, and must be officially enrolled in either sixth, seventh,
eighth, or ninth grade in a public, private or home school, or a
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad. Students
registered by November 5, 2014 will receive a free STEM Research Kit,
which includes a notebok, flash drive and pencil.
The response to eCYBERMISSION last year was unprecedented, with
thousands of teams registered from all 50 U.S. states, territories, and
DoDEA sites. The continued success of eCYBERMISSION and its registered
students depends on dedicated volunteers to support the program.
eCYBERMISSION is once again seeking dynamic individuals who can
contribute his or her knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the program.
Volunteer roles include:
serve as the face of eCYBERMISSION by promoting the competition and
recruiting other volunteers in the community. Those who wish to
interact with students as a part of their outreach must submit and
pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of
Defense security clearance. Register here
to be an ambassador.
provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION teams by answering
questions and give guidance through the use of discussion forums,
instant messaging, and live chat sessions. All CyberGuides must submit
and pass a criminal background check or have an active Department of
Defense security clearance. CyberGuides'
registration is open through February 24.
Judges - Individuals with an interest or background in STEM or
education who independently evaluate team mission folders online. Virtual
judge registration is open through February 25.
More information about the competition is available at www.ecybermission.com,
or by following eCYBERMISSION on Twitter,
or by contacting eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER
(462-9237) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Army Educational Outreach Program
The AEOP Cooperative Agreement was formed by the U.S. Army Educational
Outreach Program (AEOP) 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.
The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM)
manages the Army Educational Outreach Program on behalf of the U.S.
Army. RDECOM's mission is 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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