Monday, November 2, 2009

eCYBERMISSION in New England

Greetings friends! Micah and Olivia here, glad to be back in the office. Last week, we traveled to New England as part of our Volunteer and Team Advisor outreach efforts.

We left Baltimore and landed in Burlington, Vt. on Monday morning and headed immediately to the University of Vermont to recruit and pre-register Virtual Judges for the competition.



We spent the morning in the Davis Student Center and the afternoon in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and we met a few students and faculty who were very interested to learn about eCYBERMISSION and volunteer their time to help support it. Once classes ended for the day, we left campus to tour the area, which included stops at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and the original Ben & Jerry’s.
On Tuesday, we got up at the crack of dawn to drive from Burlington to Farmington, Maine. The drive was four hours long, but we did not mind, as we were driving through some of the most beautiful scenic roads we have ever seen. We also had the opportunity to stop at Lowe’s Store, a very unique gas station and convenience store in New Hampshire.
We arrived in Farmington and drove to Mount Blue High School to meet with Mr. Doug Hodum, a ninth grade environmental science teacher who also happens to be the vice president of the Maine Science Teachers Association. We had a great conversation about eCYBERMISSION and we hope to see more registrations in Maine than ever this year! Maine is one of our only states that has never won prize money and we would like to see that change starting in the 2009-2010 competition year!

After our afternoon in Farmington we drove four more hours to Boston, where we would be stationed for the next three days. Our first visit while in Massachusetts was to The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday, where we spent the day in the Stratton Student Center meeting students and talking to them about eCYBERMISSION. Two students even pre-registered to be Virtual Judges at our table!



After classes ended at MIT, we decided to tour Boston and take advantage of the rich American history within the city. We ended up taking a guided tour of a number of historic sites on the Freedom Trail Tour – including the old state house; Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams’ graves; and King Church – all of it led by a very entertaining and engaging tour guide.

On Thursday, after three days of traveling together, we needed a break so Micah traveled to the Soldier Systems Center in Natick to recruit Virtual Judges and Olivia went to Boxborough to attend the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) conference as an exhibitor.


At the MAST conference, Olivia really enjoyed meeting with science teachers from Massachusetts and discussing eCYBERMISSION. Many of the teachers had not heard of eCYBERMISSION before and saw it as a good opportunity to use with scientific method lesson plans. Meanwhile, in Natick, Micah met with a large number of employees from the base and ended up registering one Team Advisor, two Ambassadors, one CyberGuide and 15 Virtual Judges! Micah then joined Olivia on Friday to finish up at the conference, where we enjoyed spending the last day networking with science teachers.


We flew home on Friday night exhausted and ready to catch up on our z’s. New England was a great trip and we both feel lucky to have gone!

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