eCYBERMISSION registration is now open, which means eCYBERMISSION team members are getting ready to hit the road and share the importance of science, math and technology education with the leaders of tomorrow! As you read in previous blog posts, eCYBERMISSION has already traveled to West Virginia for outreach to the Morgantown Boys & Girls Club, the Mountaineer Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, and to Detroit, Michigan for the Maker Faire. Over the next couple of months, the eCYBERMISSION team will journey across the country exhibiting and presenting at conferences and meeting with Team Advisors and middle schools, education agencies and other organizations to spread the word about the competition and meet with those involved.
The first destination in September is Louisiana for outreach throughout New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Barksdale Air Force Base and its surrounding areas. The eCYBERMISSION team is very excited to visit with Elm Grove Middle School’s 7th and 8th grade robotics classes! The next destination after that is South Dakota where eCYBERMISSION will visit schools and organizations throughout the state.
October kicks off with two great conference opportunities: Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Conference (HESTEC) Community Day in Edinburg, Texas and a presentation at the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. As part of the trip to Michigan, two eCYBERMISSION team members will have an information table at the University of Michigan College of Engineering to conduct outreach to potential competition Volunteers. The eCYBERMISSION team will then head down to the sunny state of Florida to participate in the HENAAC conference, at which team members will pair up with the U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), which manages the eCYBERMISSION competition, to exhibit and participate in some of the events for middle school students. While two of our team members are enjoying the Florida weather, two other team members will be traveling to the beautiful city of Albuquerque, New Mexico to exhibit and present at the New Mexico Science Teachers Association conference.
The latter part of October brings the team to New England, just in time to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. At the beginning of the trip eCYBERMISSION will exhibit at the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers conference, followed by outreach throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island, ending with a stop at the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association conference.
The eCYBERMISSION team will then head a bit more west for the Mississippi Science Teachers Association conference, followed by a trip southwest to Dallas, Texas for the Women of Color in STEM conference. That same weekend a member of our team will participate in the Learn to Lead conference in Charleston, West Virginia, a follow-up event for the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.
After those whirlwind trips, eCYBERMISSION will be back in their home state of Maryland attending conferences during the first two weeks of November in Baltimore: first, the team will present and exhibit at the National Middle School Association Annual Conference, followed by an exhibit at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference. The eCYBERMISSION team will round out its fall travel with one more trip down to Florida, where the team will participate in the Army Science Conference and interact directly with middle school students and their teachers.
As you can see, eCYBERMISSION has a busy season coming up, as team members travel across the country to generate awareness of the competition and encourage more students to take an active role in science, math and technology education. If eCYBERMISSION will be in your area during one of the outreach trips, please don’t hesitate to e-mail Mission Control at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) to request a stop at your school or organization.