Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An App in Motion: Full STEM Ahead!

eCYBERMISSION's STEM-in-Action Grant program provides an opportunity for up to five student teams each year to receive a grant up to $5,000. Teams that receive this U.S. Army funded grant have an additional year to further implement their Mission Folder projects submitted for the competition.

Team Rocky Run—2015-16 STEM-in-Action Grant recipients from Chantilly, VA—created a device using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer to detect dangerous stove top temperature levels that will alert the homeowner. This was to address a tragedy in their community in which their house had burned down due to a stove fire. 

Sharing Information through Community Outreach 

  • Rocky Run has successfully reached out to community leaders, including their local Centreville Fire Department.
  • The team was able to present their device to the department and receive feedback from the fire chief.
  • Students also, they stood outside the local public library and demonstrated the device (name of device)  in a public seminar.

“We received a good amount of feedback, including things such as alerting a home protection agency, as well as creating a way to use the device in more versatile locations, such as the attic or backyard.”

Taking it to the Next Level!

As part of Rocky Run’s overall plan to further implement their project, the team made a program for a mobile app using Android Studio 2.2.2. The app provides user name and password fields for security purposes, enables the user to select the temperature at which the device will be triggered via the Apache client server, and enables the user to set a time period for which this temperature should be held for the device to be triggered.

Stay tuned as we continue to highlight other 2015-2016 STEM-in-Action Grant teams that are creating program success with their additional award money.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Little Inspiration Comes Full-Circle

Meet Keaton Thomas, former eCYBERMISSION participant and student of veteran Team Advisor Laura Wilbanks.

Keaton was a part of the Whiteface Science Rocks U School's:
2005 Nat'l Winning 6th grade team           “Scienteers”
       --> 2006 Nat'l Winning 7th grade team         “VROOOM!”
       --> 2007 Nat'l Finalist 8th grade team           “Saving Wetlands”
       --> 2008 Nat'l Finalist 9th grade team           “VideoGaming”

If that isn't cool enough, Keaton is registered as a Team Advisor to three students from Science Rocks U School for the 2016-2017 eCYBERMISSION competition.

Keaton, now 24 years old, was greatly influenced by eCYBERMISSION and STEM, which has also led to a career in agriculture. Indeed, this is an inspirational full-circle moment!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Supporting Future STEM Leaders through eCYBERMISSION!

Frank speaks  at AEOP Alumni Panel
“My experience with eCYBERMISSION encouraged me to become an engineer…by junior year of high school, I had begun an internship with the U.S. Army.”        –Frank Bohn

Frank Bohn is an electrical engineer for the U.S. Army 
Communications Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center Command Power and integration Directorate Power Division in Aberdeen, MD. Frank and his team are developing a tactical micro-grid to more efficiently power army bases.

His work in STEM also includes volunteering with the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program's (AEOP) eCYBERMISSION-a web-based national STEM competition for students in grades 6-9. Frank is a volunteer Virtual Judge, committing his time to scoring projects and providing constructive feedback for competing teams. In 2004, Frank was a part of a national finalist team competing in eCYBERMISSION whose project focused on animal abuse in their community.

               As a Virtual Judge, Frank is able to:

             -IMPACT student learning across the U.S.
             -LEARN how students apply STEM studies in a school setting
             -REVIEW, score, and write meaningful comments for team projects
             -SHARE his STEM knowledge expertise learned in school and career
             -ENJOY the flexibility and convenience of volunteering online 

eCYBERMISSION is a success because of volunteers like Frank. He strives to be a leader in everything he does, even encouraging his colleagues to volunteer with eCYBERMISSION as Virtual Judges and mentors for other programs in AEOP.

Frank is achieving his goal everyday by developing more leadership skills through the work he is doing with the U.S. Army and giving back to the community through AEOP volunteer opportunities.

“It is an amazing feeling to see these young kids getting excited about STEM,” said Frank. “It is an honor, and it gives me great pride to be able to volunteer and give back to eCYBERMISSION and AEOP.”