Leesburg, VA (October 23, 2014) – Six eCYBERMISSION teams from Stone Hill Middle School have earned the status of Honorable Mention for Virginia in the eCYBERMISSION competition that ended in the spring of 2014. These teams included 22 students.
eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Sponsored by the U.S. Army’s Educational and Outreach Program, eCYBERMISSION is designed to share the importance of STEM education with students and encourage them to understand the relationship of these subjects to our everyday lives.
The Stone Hill Middle School team that received an honorable mention for sixth grade was coached by Spectrum teacher Peggy Jensen. It consisted of Terjani Desai, Anjali Mehta, and Devanshi Radadiya who worked on alternative energy.
The five seventh grade honorable-mention teams also were coached by Jensen. These teams included Geri Doe, Paul Na, and Jalen Crowley, working on a health and fitness issue; Arabella Chiang, Susan Song, Ishita Garg and Cheryl Hwang, working on an experiment about the environment; Sohan Rao, Parin Gupta and Gautam Lalwani, who worked on a robot for home security; Sean Le, Aadil Rana, George Sun and Yadun Vijayaraman, who worked on an experiment about flooding; and Nikita Sajai, Anna Thamaset, Payton Reidy and Kira Rivenbark, who worked on alternative energy.
The in-depth eCYBERMISSION competition focuses on identification and solution of an authentic problem affecting the local community, by designing/building/testing a prototype or conducting an original experiment related to the problem. Team collaboration and creativity also are emphasized. There were more than 4,400 team entries across the country for this contest.