Kodiak Middle School students dominate statewide eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition
The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) has announced 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams from Kodiak Middle School as 1st place state winners in the 17th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). eCYBERMISSION, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to work in teams of 3-4 to identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or the engineering design process to develop a solution. Student prizes for each grade level are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels.
Teams worked together with Michael Juell, KMS Team Advisor, on their respective projects. Members included 6th Grade Team: Grayson Riddle, Nathaniel Irving, and Stovin Briggs; 7th Grade Team: Max Robinson, Elias Litzow, PJ Foy, and Angus Bruce; 8th Grade Team: Charlotte Burke, McKenzie Burke, and Grace Jackson. The teams submitted their Mission Folder—the official write-up of the project— through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by volunteer virtual judges. First-place state winning teams received $1,000 per student team member in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.
“The remarkable projects submitted by these students demonstrate their commitment to tackling some of their communities’ most daunting challenges. The U.S. Army is truly awed by the thoughtfulness and originality behind the ideas put forth by these students,” said Christina Weber, AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager. “I congratulate the state winners on their accomplishments and wish them luck in the next phase of the eCYBERMISSION competition.”
“We are so proud of all the state winning teams for their hard work, dedication, and ingenuity in applying STEM to solve problems in their communities and create positive change in the world around them,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans.
In the next round of the competition, a panel of virtual judges will evaluate the top three scores from each region in each grade level. Sixty regional finalist teams will compete to advance as one of 20 national finalists at the National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE), taking place on June 16-21, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, go to https://www.ecybermission.com
6th Grade Team: Grayson Riddle, Nathaniel Irving, and Stovin Briggs
7th Grade Team: Max Robinson, Elias Litzow, PJ Foy, and Angus Bruce
8th Grade Team: Charlotte Burke, Grace Jackson, and McKenzie Burke