Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Spotlight on Ninth Grade, Southwest/Pacific Region, First Place Team: NO_Kr

Four ninth grade students from Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, received a first-place award in this year’s eCYBERMISSION competition. With this award, each team member will receive a $3,000.00 U.S. EE Savings Bond, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army and an expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in Baltimore, Md., in June to present their final projects.

The No_Kr team, comprised of students Kiyo Keanini, Jody Yafuso, Charvis Bush, Jr. and Kai Tachino, and led by Team Advisor Theresa Nishite, was recognized by judges for its investigation into spread of germs and diseases. The team wanted to make people more aware of the appropriate amount of time to wash their hands in order to decrease the spread of bacteria, germs and diseases.

Through their research, the students learned that while hand sanitizer kills most of the germs on your hands, the germs that are not killed can turn into super bacteria. However, through proper education, their schools and communities can help decrease the spread of germs and diseases by becoming aware of the proper amount of time to wash their hands. To do this the team provided color changing soap to students in their high school to educate them on the appropriate length of time to wash their hands, thus hopefully reducing the spread of diseases, such as H1N1, in their high school and their community. The team also created an infomercial for their entire student body, which they showed during the morning announcements.

To view a full list of the 2009-2010 eCYBERMISSION regional winning teams, click here.

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