For Immediate Release — May 19, 2020 | Guam HS
GUAM — May 19, 2020 — Guam High School recently placed first for the territory of Guam in eCYBERMISSION, a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Along with the first place title, each team member will receive a $1,000 savings bond from the U.S. Army.
Guam High School’s team members include freshmen Lydia Tang, Blessyn Morris, Keira Paz, and Joshua Yang.
“We are all best friends and have worked together on past science projects,” Tang said. “All of us enjoy science and school – as well as extracurriculars and sports. We all hope to complete university-level degrees and expand our knowledge in coming years.”
From left to right: Guam High School eCYBERMISSION team members Lydia Tang, Blessyn Morris, Keira Paz, and Joshua Yang.
For their project the team set out to save the coconut tree on Guam, which is being damaged by an invasive species called Dynastinae, or rhinoceros beetle. After hypothesizing that coconut products would be a more effective lure in attracting rhinoceros beetles than a synthetic pheromone currently in use, the team conducted a detailed experiment testing multiple variables. The results determined coconut oil and sugar water were viable lure options, with at least 50 percent of rhinoceros beetles opting for them over the synthetic pheromone.
“This ninth grade team exemplifies the STEM opportunities being promoted in DoDEA schools,” said Guam High School teacher and eCYBERMISSION advisor Debora Moore. “Their love of science and math shows in their project. They are the best of our future and I am so proud of them.”
The following DoDEA Pacific teams also placed in eCYBERMISSION: