U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program is Building Students’ Interest and Knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
[Culpeper, VA] – [Wednesday], April 22, 2015 – The U.S. Army today announced 9th Grade Eastern View I from Culpeper, VA as a state winner in the 13th annual eCYBERMISSIONcompetition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). eCYBERMISSION, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based STEM competition that is free to students and designed to help build students’ interest and knowledge in STEM. Students in grades six through nine are challenged with developing a solution to a real-world problem in their local community. Students compete on state, regional, and national levels for monetary awards, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.
Eastern View I worked together with team advisor Craig Dennis to seek a solution for an environmental issue which threatens the park at Yowell Meadow. Dangers have arisen from flooding issues. From an environmental perspective the flooding of the park becomes a nesting ground for mosquitoes, bacteria, sewage and debris from runoff. The flooding and aftermath of it shut the park down to joggers and recreational use for an extended period of time. Economically, the costs to repair the skate park reoccur. The team solution was to install a weir, or small adjustable dam to control flood waters using the lowland waste area southwest of the park. By housing the floodwater there and releasing it slowly the park would not suffer flooding.
Through the eCYBERMISSION website, Eastern View I created a mission folder—the official write-up of their project— which requires students to work through all steps of the scientific process. The team used science, technology, engineering and mathematics while working on the project. Application of science was used when research of the natural phenomena that impacted the community environmentally took place. Technology was applied when the online GIS system was used to print and map the contour lines of the park. Engineering was applied when researching the logistics and installation of the weir. Lastly mathematics was applied when calculating the volume and capacity of water that the weir could hold.
“The U.S. Army applauds all the students for challenging themselves to this STEM competition in efforts to improve their communities,” said Louie R. Lopez, Program Manager for eCYBERMISSION. “Congratulations to all the state winning teams and we encourage students to continue building their interest and knowledge in STEM.”
“We are incredibly proud of all the projects that came through this year. The judges faced no easy task given the caliber of work from these students,” said Dr. Juliana Texley, NSTA President. “We congratulate the state winners and commend all of the team advisors for engaging and empowering their students to make a real difference in the world around them.”
In the next round of the STEM competition, the regional winners will be determined by a panel of virtual judges who evaluate the top three teams from each region in each grade level. Sixty teams will compete for the honor of moving on to the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE) in June. For the first time ever, all regional finalist teams will receive $1,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.
The final winning teams then compete at the national level and receive an all-expenses paid trip to the NJ&EE, taking place June 15-19, 2015 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
About Army Educational Outreach Program
The AEOP Cooperative Agreement was formed by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and includes Virginia Tech as the lead organization, the Academy of Applied Science, American Society for Engineering Education, the Technology Student Association, the University of New Hampshire and NSTA. AEOP is charged with addressing national needs for a STEM literate citizenry through a portfolio of educational opportunities which includes unique experiences, competitions, and high school internships that aim to spark an interest in STEM and encourage participants to pursue college and careers in STEM fields. The Army is committed to increasing the STEM talent pool in order to ensure our national security and global competitiveness. For more information on AEOP, visit www.usaeop.com.
RDECOM has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America’s Soldiers. It is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness — technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment — to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it. For more information on RDECOM, visitwww.army.mil/rdecom.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.