Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NJ&EE Wrap-up: Our 2009-2010 National Winners!

It was a night filled with excitement and anticipation as the 16 teams of regional eCYBERMISSION winners gathered at the National Awards Banquet on Friday, June 25 for the announcement of the first-place national winners for each grade level. The National Awards Banquet is a chance for all the teams to gather and celebrate their hardwork throughout the year and share memories from the 2010 National Judging and Edcuational Event (NJ&EE).
National Winners
The Hardheads were the sixth-grade winners. The team consisted of Jonathan Berman, Benjamin Kotzubei, Austin Veseliza and Team Advisor Deborah Beckman from The Mirman School in Beverly Hills, Calif. Their students experimented with multiple materials for possible use in sports helmets, in order to decrease the number of concussions and head injuries in the United States.

The seventh-grade winners were the Wavemasters team comprised of Tucker Barnes, Connor Magid, Steven Parker and Team Advisor Scottie Barnes from Fern Ridge Middle School in Veneta, Ore. The students were recognized for attempting to convert wave power into electricity using a  copper coil and a magnet.
The eighth-grade winners were the Landroids. The team members are Stanley Cheung, Gage Farestad, Brian Lee, Karlin Yeh and Team Advisor John Yeh from Livingston Robotics Club in Livingston, N.J. The students hoped to decrease the number of vehicle-animal collisions by creating a device that would detect deer on the roadway and alert drivers of their presence.

The ninth-grade winners were the chocolate addiction team. The team consisted of Melanie Bean, Megan Crumb, Berenice Cortez, Rosemary Murray and Team Advisor Karensa Wright from Seminole Ridge High School in Loxahatchee, Fla. The team investigated how makeup damages the skin when it has been exposed heat or moisture.

Overall the week of NJ&EE was fun, it was exciting, and most importantly, it was educational for all who were involved. In a week filled with tours and experiments at Aberdeen Proving Ground, a tour of monuments and museums in Washington, D.C., and a trip to the science center in Baltimore, Md., the week proved to be a worthwhile and educational event.

Congratulations to all of our 2010 first place regional winners and good luck next year!

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