Teams of McBride High School Students have won first and second place statewide in a web-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) contest sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program and the National Science Teachers Association.
After selecting a mission challenge, contest participants work in teams under the guidance of an advisor to propose a solution. Each team submits a mission folder, the official write-up of their project, at ecybermission.com.
During the annual competition, students identify a problem in their community and use science to propose solutions. Participants connect with ecybermission volunteers known as CyberGuides, who provide resources through discussion forums, webinars and chat rooms. The participants also receive online assistance from ecybermission’s Mission Control, located at NSTA’s headquarters. A panel of virtual judges evaluates the mission folders to identify the winning teams.
McBride’s “Team Insomnia” won first place with their project titled “Package Theft Prevention Device.” The school’s “Team Green Machine” won second place with a project called “Hybrid Cars.”
The first place team includes students Natalie Egherman, Brandon Cramer, Mia Campbell and William Lucke. The second place team includes Eduardo Herrera, Brianna Enriquez, Joseth Valdez and Conner Aguiar. Their advisor is Charise Williams.
The contest is open to students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their communities.
More than 29,000 students participated in the competition. Winning teams were selected on the basis of several criteria, including application of scientific practices and the engineering design process, benefit to the community, and team collaboration.
Each student on the first place team receives a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. Second place team members receive a $500 U.S. savings bond.
Team Insomnia moves on to the Western U.S. regional competition and possibly the national competition on June 20.