Tuesday, November 24, 2015

eCYBERMISSION Volunteers Help Power Student Innovation

Our volunteers play an integral part in supporting and helping to build students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This past competition year, team “Power Up” sought to use the kinetic energy captured through gears, turned by revolving doors in high traffic areas to power LED lights. Their national winning project was an innovative way to address the alternative energy solution of crowd harvesting and yield costs savings for their community.

Volunteers Spark Innovation

Working with eCYBERMISSION teams that create these innovative projects are volunteers who spark the teams' engines and encourage them to explore STEM. Who are these volunteers? People like Army Sergeant Robert Hollins, who serves as a power station mechanic stationed in Hawaii. As a mechanic, Sgt. Hollins maintains the engines that produce large amounts of power for various applications - running lights for buildings, air conditioning, and water pumps.

When Sgt. Hollins is not working, he volunteers as an eCYBERMISSION Virtual Judge and CyberGuide. When he first started volunteering, he served as a Virtual Judge for two years while on post as a Medical Laboratory Specialist conducting bio-research.

“As a Virtual Judge, I often times saw the pitfalls some of the teams were going through and I wondered how teams could be steered towards putting out more insightful project results,” said Sgt. Hollins. “This is what led me to become a CyberGuide, where I could actually interact with the teams and provide insightful answers to a variety of questions. Being a CyberGuide allowed me to assist teams with crafting a better report for their Mission Folder.”

Sgt. Hollins loves to bike ride for fun and enjoys taking in the sites of Hawaii. The beautiful climate, water, and land make every moment enjoyable for day-to-day adventures, including snorkeling and hiking.

"I know people do this for a particular benefit, but I do it because I have a love for science and learning," says Sgt. Hollins. "I see eCYBERMISSION as a development tool for kids to use their minds and to see that spark of light shine while building interest in STEM."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Students Have Spoken!

“This experience has encouraged me even more about what I want to do with my life.”

We recently asked for eCYBERMISSION students to share their point of view on the competition and how it’s impacted their life. Many students join for various reasons—to build interest in STEM, to put a bright STEM idea to the test, a required class project, or monetary incentive—but regardless, it’s great to see how this competition is helping students and their communities. See how one student excelled during the competition experience.

Student Name: ‘VRjrg’

“The whole eCYBERMISSION experience truly changed my life for the better.  I got a new perspective on what I'm capable of.  I have been in a science competition before but eCYBERMISSION was very much different.  It gave you an opportunity to think about real life issues and situations and create possible solutions or options for the better.” 


“With our project, we were able to test and compare American chicken breasts and local Japanese chicken breasts.  There are so many opinions and arguments about which chicken breast is cleaner and safer to eat.  After we had finished the experiment we were shocked with the results.  We had learned that the local Japanese chicken breasts have more bacteria but the American chicken breasts have more preservatives.  This new knowledge provided me with more information about the project and whole idea in general.”

What I Believe 

“I believe that learning new knowledge is very important, especially with our fast-developing world we live in today.  I also believe that by practicing at this young age, it will really benefit everyone's well-being.  This experience has encouraged me even more about what I want to do with my life.  With hundreds or thousands of kids participating in eCYBERMISSION, we could really improve our world.  

I hope that more students will get involved because eCYBERMISSION will make you think about things that you have never even thought about before.  It also teaches you about hard work and teamwork.  These both are two of many factors that play in being successful in life. Seeing what your educational ability is capable of, you really just feel like a better person.” 

To register as a participant or to volunteer, visit http://ecybermission.com/Register.

Sign-up for our next CyberGuide Live Chat tomorrow at 8:00 PM EST, http://ecybermission.com/CyberguideChat .

If you’ll be at the NSTA 2015 Philadelphia Area Conference, visit us at Booth #1427. We’ll be answering all your questions.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NSTA Joins a U.S. Army Consortium Adding an Additional 
Two STEM Programs

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recently joined the consortium of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) Cooperative Agreement (COA), led by Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). As part of the consortium, NSTA will continue to promote student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by administering eCYBERMISSION—a web-based competition free to students in grades 6-9­— in addition to administering two additional AEOP STEM initiatives: Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) and Camp Invention.

What's Up with the New Programs?

GEMS is a summer STEM enrichment program for students in grades 5-12 that takes place in participating Army Research Laboratories across the country. 

Camp Invention is a program owned by Invent Now and U.S. Patents Trademark Office. This summer STEM enrichment experience is for students in grades K-5 nationwide featuring collaborative learning opportunities led and administered by local teachers. AEOP partners with Invent Now and Camp Invention in order to fill the K-5 gap in programs that AEOP covers.

What Are Some Details about the AEOP Consortium?

Led by Battelle, the AEOP consortium is made up of nine organizations, including NSTA, representing all individual programs and consortium-wide efforts. The idea of the consortium is to exceed the individual work of existing programs by joining forces. The AEOP COA will focus on broadening the pool of STEM talent, support and empower educators with unique Army research and technology resources, and implement a sustainable STEM education outreach infrastructure.

Registration for the 2015-2016 eCYBERMISSION competition is now open and registration for GEMS and Camp Invention opens in January 2016.

To learn more about eCYBERMISSION, GEMS, and Camp Invention, visit www.usaeop.com.

If you’ll be at the NSTA 2015 Reno Area Conference, visit us at Booth #324. We’ll be answering all your questions.

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