Wednesday, May 25, 2011

eCYBERMISSION begins planning for the 2011-2012 Competition

eCYBERMISSION’s Enrollment workstream has been busy traveling over the last several weeks, conducting outreach on behalf of the competition in Maine, North Dakota and Louisiana. These are some of the competition’s low registration states, so we organized these trips as a way to increase awareness of eCYBERMISSION and encourage participation in the 2011-2012 Competition.


Our first trip was outreach in and around Portland, Maine. We first met with the superintendent of RSU 12 schools in Whitefield, Maine to discuss eCYBERMISSION and how to increase involvement from their students. That was a great meeting with a lot of potential for further outreach! The following day, we presented eCYBERMISSION to the principal of Lincoln Middle School, in Portland, and ten of their math and science teachers. We received a lot of great feedback on the program and hope to see teams from there next year! Our next stop was Falmouth Middle School, also in Portland, where we had the opportunity to present eCYBERMISSION to approximately 70 seventh-grade students and play the eCYBERMISSION trivia game. After the presentation, one of the teachers suggested we speak to a Parent Teacher Organization for schools in Raymond, Maine, and we were fortunate to have the opportunity to meet with the organization that evening. Overall, outreach in Maine was very successful and we look forward to many more students participating this coming year!

Next, we traveled to Fargo, North Dakota, where we met with teachers at the West Fargo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Center, giving presentations to their sixth, seventh and eighth grade teachers throughout the day. While in North Dakota, we also met with the STEM coordinator of the Fargo 4-H Club, held on North Dakota State University’s campus. Both meetings were very successful and generated a lot of interest in the program. Also, as a result of our efforts to arrange meetings prior to our visit there, the coordinator of the Fargo Girl Scouts reached out to us for more information about possibly getting her troops involved next year.

Finally, we visited New Orleans, Louisiana for the Boys & Girls Club Annual National Conference, attended by over 2,000 directors and staff of Clubs all around the country. We had the opportunity to speak to many attendees about incorporating eCYBERMISSION into their Clubs, giving us the chance to promote how well the competition can fit into an afterschool environment. While in New Orleans, we also met with the STEM partnership coordinator of the Louisiana Department of Education to discuss several ways to increase involvement in eCYBERMISSION from Louisiana students. The coordinator is a great supporter of the competition and we were glad for the chance to meet with her and brainstorm outreach ideas. Finally, we gave a presentation to the technology coordinator and head of the STEM Center at Warren East Charter High School. She has worked hard to grow the school’s STEM programs, and her ninth grade students are already very involved in STEM projects. We are excited to see what kinds of projects they submit for the 2011-2012 Competition!

Thank you to everyone who made these three trips such a success. As we continue our spring outreach, we look forward to many more meetings and presentations that will help lead to our best year yet! If you would like eCYBERMISSION to give a presentation at your school or organization, please contact us at Mission Control at 1-866-462-9237 or missioncontrol@ecybermission.com.

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