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DoDEA Results in 16th Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition
DoDEA Americas Team named National Finalist By Marcelo Calero 20-Jun-18
ALEXANDRIA, VA. – May 23, 2018 - Six Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools were selected as 2017-18 state-level winners and honorable mentions in the eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Two teams were selected as regional finalists and one was named national finalist from thousands of entries from public, private and DoDEA schools. This year marks the 16th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). eCYBERMISSION, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to work in teams of 3-4 to identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or the engineering design process to develop a solution. Student prizes for each grade level are awarded at the state, regional and national levels. The following teams met all requirements for state prizes: Armed Forces Europe and Armed Forces Pacific 6th Grade Awards 1st Place: Nobel Nerdz, Vicenza Middle School, DoDEA Europe 2nd Place: Alpha Program, Seoul Middle School, DoDEA Pacific 7th Grade Awards 1st Place: Construction Engineers, Lester Middle School, DoDEA Pacific 2nd Place: Edible Cutlery, Lester Middle School, DoDEA Pacific Honorable Mention: Okinawa STEMBOYS, Lester Middle School, DoDEA Pacific 8th Grade Awards 1st Place: Oki-Divers, Lester Middle School, DoDEA Pacific 2nd Place: The Clean Team!, Lester Middle School, DoDEA Pacific Honorable Mention: Oki Purifiers, Lester Middle School, DoDEA Pacific 9th Grade Awards 1st Place: *Equine Parasite Investigators, Kubasaki High School, DoDEA Pacific 2nd Place: Sea Cucumber Bacteria Busters, Kubasaki High School, DoDEA Pacific U.S. Territories 8th Grade Awards 1st Place: **Aguarico, Ramey Unit School, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, DoDEA Americas 2nd Place: Carpool Squad, CDR McCool Elementary/Middle School, DoDEA Pacific Honorable Mention: MAKA, CDR McCool Elementary/Middle School, DoDEA Pacific *Indicates a Regional Finalist Team **Indicates a National Finalist Team The 8th grade team, Aguarico, from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico placed first in the state and regional competitions for the U.S. territories. They are now national competition eligible and will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Judging and Educational Event from June 17-22. The team, from DoDEA’s Ramey Unit School, worked with team advisor Ingrid Rapatz-Roettger, to create an effective water filtration device using natural resources during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. “Ramey Unit School and community are extremely proud of our students. In a time of adversity our students choose to rise and make a difference. The students, parents and staff showed their resilience after Hurricane Maria and these students never gave up,” said James Strait, Ramey Unit School principal. “It is an honor to be part of dedicated students and staff that put the needs of others first. We are truly Ramey Strong and our students will continue to make a difference in our world. First-place state teams receive $1,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds per student team member. First-place regional winners receive up to an additional $3,000 U.S. Savings Bonds per student team member. First-place national winners receive $5,000 U.S. Savings Bonds per student. For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, go to https://www.ecybermission.com
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