Organizers of a national competition called eCYBERMISSION recently announced the eighth-grade first- and second-place winners in West Virginia for the 2011-2012 contest.
eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition for students in grades six through nine. Sponsored by the U.S. Army, eCYBERMISSION promotes teamwork and creativity as a way to encourage students to become more involved in STEM education.
In Barbour County, eighth-grade science teacher Angie McDaniel incorporates this STEM activity into her curriculum.
The following students demonstrated a strong understanding of the STEM subjects, aptly applying what they have learned in the classroom to a real-life problem in their community.
In first place for eighth grade, Team 1 at Kasson Elementary-Middle School are students Ethan Mick, Corrine McDaniel, BrettMarie Hardesty and Cassie Haller, along with Angie McDaniel as their advisor. Their theme was the environment.
In second place for eighth grade, Team 2 at Kasson Elementary-Middle School are students Taylor Freeman, Mikhela Freeman, Nicholus Triplett and Seth Daugherty, along with their advisor, Susan Anglin. Their theme was environment-design.
All students on the first-place winning teams will receive $500, and each student on the second-place winning teams will receive $250. The first-place winning teams will move on to the regional competition, where they will compete with teams in their grade across the Northeast region for an additional $2,000 in savings bonds and a chance to attend the National Judging and Educational Event taking place in June in Washington, D.C.
"We are extremely proud of these winning teams," said Gary Martin, executive deputy to the commanding general of the U.S. Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command. "Our nation is placing a greater focus on the importance of STEM education, and the dedication and enthusiasm shown by these students demonstrates we are moving in the right direction."