Will Griffin, DoDEA-Europe Public Affairs
Sembach, Germany | May 3, 2017
Students from the Department of Defense Education Activity –Europe schools in Kaiserslautern, Germany and Livorno, Italy, were recently named state-level winners in the eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
Kaiserslautern Middle School's team, "Shockingly Smart", consisting of sixth graders Marc Aaron Febrero, Jaxsen Reynolds, Aidan Pentel and team adviser David Dittmer, took first place with their design for a "pickpocket-proof" jacket.
Livorno Elementary/Middle School's, "The Spicy Enchiladas", with seventh graders Eli Alvis, Denzel Martinez, Mara Hall, Devin Newcomb and team adviser Jewel Alvis, captured top honors with plans for a security alarm that alerts property owners by phone and email when there is a suspected break-in and provides a link to notify police.
Both teams move on to the next round of the eCYBERMISSION competition, where a panel of 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 20national finalists, moving on to compete at the National Judging &Educational Event (NJ&EE)—June 26-30 in Washington, D.C.
Students on all the first-place teams receive a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond with the potential to compete for up to an additional $8,000 in savings bonds at the regional and national levels.
In addition to DoDEA Europe's first-place winners, teams from Vicenza Middle School in Vicenza, Italy, took second-place honors in both the sixth and seventh grade state-level categories, as well as an honorable mention in the sixth-grade category.
eCYBERMISSION,one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, and administered by the NSTA, promotes self-discovery and enables students to recognize the real-life applications of science, math, technology, and mathematics. eCYBERMISSION challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.
"eCYBERMISSIONnot only encourages students to be both creative and scientific, but also requires them to think critically while developing innovative solutions to some of their communities' most challenging issues," said Dr. Mary Gromko, NSTA President. "We congratulate the state winners and commend all of the team advisors for engaging and empowering their students to make a real difference in the world around them."
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-age children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Agencies throughout the United States that serve children of military families.