Award Winning eCYBERMISSION Project at the First White House Science Fair

Jonathan Berman, Benjamin Kotzubei and Austin Veseliza
show President Obama their project.
Team Hardheads from the Miram School in Los Angeles, California had the honor of being one of approximately 35 teams from across the nation invited to attend the White House Science Fair, held in the State Dining Room of the White House. President Obama welcomed the winners from a broad range of high school and middle school STEM competitions to the White House, where he viewed their projects and talked to them about their work.

The team, which is comprised of seventh grade students Jonathan Berman, Benjamin Kotzubei and Austin Veseliza, presented their award winning eCYBERMISSION project at the event and answered questions from President Obama. In June 2010, the team, led by Team Advisor Deborah Beckmann-Kotzubei, was named the eCYBERMISSION sixth grade national first place team at the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE), held in Baltimore, Md. For their project, the students conducted experiments on multiple materials for possible use in sports helmets, with the hope of finding a material that decreases the prevalence of concussions and other head injuries. The team tested foam, neoprene rubber and gel rubber to identify a material that could yield a safer, form-fitting helmet that is more effective than the foam-insulated helmets currently in use. The students determined that gel rubber was far more shock absorbent than foam and contacted multiple helmet manufacturers requesting that they explore the viable alternative.

The students were recognized by eCYBERMISSION judges for their innovative and creative approach to using STEM to solve a problem in their community. As a national first-place winning team, the students were awarded a total of $24,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

Congratulations Team Hardheads!! Keep up the good work!

If you would like a chance to compete in this year's eCYBERMISSION competition, registration is OPEN NOW!!  Sign up and ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!


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