Friday, January 27, 2012

Team Advisor Spotlight: Eileen Anderson


Eileen Anderson (center) of Island Trees Middle School; Levittown, N.Y.
Today’s Team Advisor Spotlight features Eileen Anderson. She is an eighth-grade Physical Science and Advanced Science Research teacher at Island Trees Middle School in Levittown, N.Y. Like Team Advisors featured before her, Anderson has qualities that set her apart.

Anderson was selected for the Team Advisor Spotlight because of the duration and scope of her commitment to eCYBERMISSION and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education each year. This year marks Anderson’s fifth year of participation with eCYBERMISSION and she routinely advises around 50 students in the competition each year.

All of Anderson’s hard work has paid off. Last year, Anderson advised both the First and Second-Place Eighth-Grade State Winning Teams in New York. Since she got involved with eCYBERMISSION in 2006, her teams have earned a staggering $32,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

We recently asked Anderson a few questions about her experiences with eCYBERMISSION:

eCYBERMISSION: What draws you to eCYBERMISSION and keeps you committed year after year?

Anderson: The first thing that draws me to eCYBERMISSION each year is the contest's overall theme. I love watching the students become excited and inspired as they use science and technology to help the community. I also believe the contest rewards students for doing their own work and gives kids from all over the country a level playing field to be successful.

eCYBERMISSION: Why do you believe that STEM education is important?

Anderson: STEM education is important because the students are given the tools needed to think for themselves and to solve problems.

eCYBERMISSION: How did you first find out about eCYBERMISSION?

Anderson: I first heard about the competition form Laura Wilbanks. She is a great Ambassador for eCYBERMISSION! (eCYBERMISSION couldn't agree more!)

eCYBERMISSION: How do you implement the program in your classroom?

Anderson: I teach two sections of Advanced Science Research. Students take my class every other day opposite their high school earth science lab period. The students are broken into small groups in September and work on their projects both in school and at home. The problems they choose to solve determine what competitions they participate in.

Thank you, Eileen! The Team Advisor Spotlight honors Team Advisors that go above and beyond in their efforts to promote eCYBERMISSION and STEM education. We would like to thank Eileen Anderson and all of our dedicated Team Advisors that make eCYBERMISSION a success.

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