eCybermission-MS 2017

7th grade eCybermission
Posted on 05/04/2017

Greencastle, Indiana– April 28, 2017

The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) today announced a 7th grade team from Greencastle, IN as the state winner in the 15th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. eCYBERMISSION, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), promotes self-discovery and enables students to recognize the real-life applications of science, math, technology, and mathematics (STEM). eCYBERMISSION challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.  

Students compete for state, regional, and national awards for up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.  Greencastle Middle School had five eCybermission teams submit mission folders for the 2016-17 competition.  
The Team of Casey Crary, Stephen Dombrowski, Iris Mackenzie, and Maieasha Rashid of  Greencastle Middle School Special Science Projects Division worked together with Stacie Stoffregen, (Team Advisor) and Dr. Sharon Crary (DePauw University mentor) to investigate their scientific question, “Are there microfibers in Big Walnut Creek?  The teams then submitted their Mission Folder—the official write-up of the project— through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by volunteer virtual judges in February. State winning 1st place teams receive $1,000 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds and 2nd place teams receive $500 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds. The team was notified over spring break of top finish in the state.   On Tuesday, April 25th the State Champion team competed regionally via a video conference with a panel.