The ninth grade Mystic Green Wolves team from McBride High School earned second place statewide in the annual eCYBERMISSION competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.
The program, administered by the National Science Teachers Association, is a web-based contest for students in grades six to nine. Student teams identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or engineering design to develop a solution.
The McBride team, consisting of Kayla Maguire, Kayleen Lindberg, Donovan Ballard and Ty Pavlovich, worked together with team advisor John Jacobson to design a machine to remove trash from the ocean. The teams submitted their Mission Folder project through the eCYBERMISSION website. First place state winning teams received $1,000 per student in U.S. savings bonds, and second-place teams received $500 per student.
“The remarkable projects submitted by these students demonstrate their commitment to tackling some of their communities’ most daunting challenges. The U.S. Army is truly awed by the thoughtfulness and originality behind the ideas put forth by these students,” said Louie R. Lopez, U.S AEOP cooperative agreement manager.
In the next round of the competition, judges will evaluate the top three scores from each region in each grade level. Sixty regional finalist teams will compete to advance as one of 20 finalists at a national event on June 17 to 22 in Washington, D.C.
The contest is one of several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives sponsored by U.S. AEOP. Learn more at ecybermission.com.