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STEMsational! Guam’s McCool E/MS places first in regional eCYBERMISSION competition

For Immediate Release — May 29, 2013 | Pacific
: Public Affairs Specialist | 644-5786

AGANA HEIGHTS, GUAM — A team of four 7th grade students from McCool Elementary/Middle School became Southeast Region winners in the eleventh annual eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the U.S. Army.

Team members Jacob Augelli, Joseph Connelley, James Cook and Tanner Guisinger under the guidance of team advisor Julieta Bautista, applied a scientific method/inquiry or engineering design process to propose a solution to one of seven mission challenges including alternative sources of energy, the environment, food, health and fitness, force and motion, national security and safety, robotics and technology.


McCool Elementary/Middle School 7th grade students (left to right) Joseph Connelley,
Jacob Augelli, James Cook and Tanner Guisinger became Southeast Region winners
in the eleventh annual eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the U.S. Army.
(Photo by Dr. Bernadette Schlueter) 

The online collaborative learning competition is one of several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and administered by the National Science Teachers Association which 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.

Picture3 - Team Proton - Jacob Augelli, James Cook, Joseph Connelley, Tanner Guisinger

McCool Elementary/Middle School 7th grade students (left to right) Tanner Guisinger,
James Cook, Jacob Augelli, and Joseph Connelley work on a project in the lab.
The team members became Southeast Region winners in the eleventh annual
eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the U.S. Army.
(Photo by Dr. Bernadette Schlueter) 

Each team member will receive a $2,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond and an all-expenses paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE) taking place in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, where they will present their projects to a panel of judges and a national winner from each grade level will be selected.

Since the program's inception in 2002, eCYBERMISSION has awarded state, regional and national competition winners with over $8 million in U.S. Savings Bonds and more than 100,000 students participated worldwide.


For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, visit or contact Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9297) or via email at

About Army Educational Outreach Program:
The Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA) consortium was formed by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and includes Virginia Tech as the lead organization, the Academy of Applied Science, The George Washington University, 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

RDECOM is the U.S. Army's primary source of integrated research, development and engineering capabilities that empower, unburden and protect the American Soldier to enable the dominance of the U.S. Army. RDECOM provides the full spectrum of basic research, development, engineering and analysis of Soldier systems, from concept to capability. RDECOM is headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., with laboratories and research and development centers throughout the country and representatives throughout the world. For more information on RDECOM, visit

About NSTA:
The Arlington, VA-basedNational 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.

About DoDEA Pacific:
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, Department of Defense schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America's heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific's 49 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,300 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.

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