Wednesday, May 2, 2018

French Creek eCybermission Team 2nd in State



French Creek Elementary School 6th Graders Named State Winners
in the 16th Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition

The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program Encourages Students Nationwide to Develop Solutions to Real-World Problems in Their Communities

Pottstown, PA – April 27, 2018 – The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) today announced the 6th grade “Food Fighters” team from Owen J. Roberts School District in Pottstown, PA as a 2nd place state winner in the 16th 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.

The “Food Fighters” team
worked together with Ms. Lori B. Koury, Team Advisor, to research nutrition in the average school lunch menus and focus on updating a few specific items to improve them with a focus on taste, nutrition, and variety. 
 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 and second-place state winning teams received $500 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 Louie R. Lopez, AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager. “I congratulate the state winners on their accomplishments and wish them luck in the next phase of the eCYBERMISSION competition.”
 “The level of creativity and dedication these students have shown through their projects is truly impressive. Their imaginative ideas are shining examples of the innovation we try to foster every day in STEM education classrooms nationwide,” said Dr. David Crowther, NSTA President. “We congratulate the state winners on what they’ve achieved so far and applaud all of the team advisors for engaging and inspiring their students to make a real difference in the world around them.”
For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, go to https://www.ecybermission.com .

About eCYBERMISSION:
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition free to students in grades six through nine that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. Teams of three or four students are instructed to ask questions (for science) or define problems (for engineering), and then construct explanations (for science) or design solutions (for engineering) based on identified problems in their community. Students compete for State, Regional, and National Awards. The U.S. Army is committed to answering the Nation’s need for increased national STEM literacy and to expanding STEM education opportunities across the country to open doors to new career paths for American students that lead to a brighter tomorrow.

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