eCybermission, the free, web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for students in grades six to nine, competing at state, regional and national levels, is now coming up to its 10th year.
Teams of three to four students along with an adult advisor compile Mission Folders by working to solve problems in their community utilizing the scientific method, scientific inquiry or engineering design process.
These Mission Folders will be judged by eCybermission Virtual Judges. The Virtual Judges' scores will be based on the following three judging criteria:
- Use of Scientific Method/Inquiry or Engineering Design Process
- Benefit to the Community
- Team Collaboration
To date, more than $8.5 million has been awarded to students throughout the country, and the prizes this year consist of:
$1,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds per student for first-place state winners and $500 bonds for the second-place state winners.
First-Place regional winners are set to receive $2,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds per student and an all-expenses paid trip to the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area to compete for the first-place national award.
An example of a previously winning project is an experiment with various materials used to support sports helmets. For this project, the winning students conducted experiments on multiple materials with the hope of finding one that is hardy enough to decrease the prevalence of concussions and other head injuries.
Another winning project was a test of elements necessary to create a device that could detect deer on roads by 8th graders.
And a previous 9th grade team investigated how makeup can cause damage to the skin when it has been exposed to variables like heat or water.
The deadline for teams to register is December 16.