Stepping Towards Success

You’ve registered for eCYBERMISSION’s 17th annual competition what?! There are many ways to make it all the way to the finish line and win big, but at eCM we concentrate on four key steps to success. Who knows… follow these simple guidelines, and we could see you at our National Judging & Educational Event next June!

STEP 1: Create Your Team

Your team should consist of 3 or 4 students and you must all be in the same grade. Don’t worry; you don’t have to go to the same school. You need a Team Advisor who is willing to lead and support your team. Your Team Advisor must be at least 21-years-old and can be a teacher, parent, family member, coach, etc. Everyone on the team has something to contribute and it’s important to work together and identify everyone’s strengths.  Once your team is formed, you are ready to begin the next step.

STEP 2: Identify A Problem In Your Community

All communities have issues that need solving, and now is your time to give back. With your teammates and Team Advisor, look for a problem in your community that you are passionate about. Whether it be crafting a new drainage system for an area susceptible to flooding or creating an alternative and more eco-friendly fertilizer for your community garden, pick an idea and run with it. Having trouble picking a topic? Check out some tips from the eCYBERMISSION website.

STEP 3: Work Together To Explore The Problem

Brainstorm. Band together. Be Extraordinary.

Completing a Mission Folder is all about developing a plan and working together. You may have set-backs but it is all part of the scientific and engineering process. Have you looked at the Mission Folder or Judging Rubric? Here you will find the Mission Folder questions along with the guidelines the Judges use to score your Mission Folder.  Build a plan and meet regularly to complete your Mission. Team Collaboration is a portion of your judging score. Support each other and work together to meet your goals.

STEP 4: Share Your Findings & Win Prizes

This is where it gets really fun.

Show your work.Virtual Judges love to see you in action. Share data tables, prototypes, drawings, photos, videos, website, apps, or whatever you created to showcase your work and findings. 

Whether you take home the top prize or not, your work could continue to benefit you, your team and your community long after eCM is over. With many STEM professionals working with our program as volunteers, you never know whose eyes could be on your project and how your findings will benefit the world around us.

We look forward to seeing everyone’s amazing ideas!


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