The deadline to register students for the 2014–2015 eCYBERMISSION competition to receive a FREE STEM Research Kit is less than a month away! Sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by NSTA, eCYBERMISSION is an online learning competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and using scientific practices or the engineering design process to find a solution. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.
If you haven’t registered your students, it’s not too late— register today. The deadline for registration isDecember 17, but students registered by November 5 will receive a FREE STEM Research Kit, which includes a notebook, flash drive, and pencil.
Have questions about the competition? Join CyberGuides and mission control staff for a CyberGuide Chattonight (October 14) at 4 p.m. EST. CyberGuides and staff will be on hand to answer questions about the program, STEM projects, and mission folder submissions.
And don’t forget, eCYBERMISSION is giving away mini-grants this year to support teachers and their schools expand their STEM-based community projects in their classrooms. Grant recipients can also use the money for professional development or to purchase classroom materials and equipment. To apply for a mini-grant, teachers need to request an application prior to October 22 and then submit the application by October 29.
For more information, visit the competition website or contact eCYBERMISSION Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Frangella, Ed.D
Associate Superintendent for Curriculum