Aguadilla, Puerto Rico | May 2, 2018
Ramey Unit School 8thGraders 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
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. – Tuesday, May April1 , 2018 – The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) today announced 8th grade Aguarico from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico as a 1st 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.
Aguarico worked together with Ingrid Rapatz-Roettger, Team Advisor, to create an effective water filtration device using natural resources during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. 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.”
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 17-22, 2018 in Washington, D.C.