This spring, eCYBERMISSION is reaching out to teachers and administrators to help them incorporate the program into their classrooms. eCYBERMISSION spent the weekend in Philadelphia March 25-27, meeting with educators and administrators at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference.
eCYBERMISSION gave a presentation about the program and incorporating the competition into the classroom for the 2012-2013 school year, showing examples of how teachers can make lesson plans around the different steps of their students’ Mission Folders. The Fallston Middle School team, the FallstonGirls, who won the state competition during the 2010-2011 school year, was used as an example. The team came up with a hypothesis for testing different kinds of paint on roads that would be more visible in the dark and rain. Their theory was that glow in the dark paint would work better and prevent more weather-related accidents. Students can use paint on black paper to simulate a roadway. With the lights out, shining flashlights on the paper will simulate headlights so they can get an idea of whether the paint would work well or not. The glow in the dark paint we looked at in the presentation was not as effective as the regular yellow acrylic paint that was used.
After the teams have been chosen, the most challenging step teams often face is selecting a topic for their projects. At the conference we shared tips on how teachers can motivate their students to come up with a topic. The object is for teams to choose a problem in their community to solve using Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Teachers can bring in local newspapers for their students to search headlines, or discuss service learning projects they’ve done in the past.
eCYBERMISSION met a lot of teachers and administrators from all over the country who were very interested in the program. We hope you will all sign up teams and incorporate eCYBERMISSION into your classrooms next year!