The Carroll Technology Council is making big strides in Maryland to increase awareness about technology in their community. Education, to both adults and to local youth, is critical to the council’s success. Robin and Micah from eCYBERMISSION Mission Control paid the council a visit earlier this month to talk about eCYBERMISSION and STEM education with its members. While there, they met the Coordinator of Technology Training at Carroll Community College, Matt Day, who was there to promote the college’s Lego Robotics Team. The program is highly aligned with eCYBERMISSION’s goals to encourage STEM education and they are trying to form teams to participate in eCYBERMISSION this year.
During the meeting in Westminster, MD, they discussed the obvious connections between the council’s mission and eCYBERMISSION’s goals and a mutual commitment to STEM education. Another important aspect of the eCYBERMISSION program is the focus on community. The competition encourages students to select a challenge within their community to research, and teams often take their findings from the competition and turn them into actionable plans to improve their local communities.
Maryland residents have been active in the eCYBERMISSION competition since its inception. Last year, one of the Maryland 8th grade teams, The Invaders, was a regional eCYBERMISSION winner from Havre de Grace, MD. Maryland residents also support the competition by volunteering. Last year alone, there were over 150 Maryland residents that generously gave their time to support eCYBERMISSION!
The council’s all-volunteer board seemed enthusiastic about eCYBERMISSION and we hope to see the Carroll Community College’s robotics teams register for this year’s competition! If you know a student in the 6th-9th grade who may be interested in joining the robotics team, please reach out to Matt Day at Carroll Community College at (410) 386-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 18, 2009. The program is open to any students, with no prior knowledge of robotics necessary, and the only fee associated with joining is a nominal materials fee.
About the Carroll Technology Council
Founded as an organization with the intention to prepare Carroll County for the future, the Carroll Technology Council became an independent non-profit organization in January, 2004. It was originally created in 2001 by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The council’s mission is to provide leadership, information, and resources to educate, attract, and influence technology in Carroll County.