Army science and technology to be on parade at conference
The 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Conference Feb. 18-19 in Baltimore promises opportunity to students interested in science and technology.

Did you know since 2002, the U.S. Army has awarded more than $6.7 million in prize money to top American students' Whoever said science, technology, engineering or math isn't fun has never had an opportunity to see the exciting things Army scientists and engineers do on a daily basis or participate in an eCYBERMISSION competition.

During the <a href="http://www.blackengineeroftheyear.org/v3/index.php">2010 Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference</a>, Feb. 18-19, students from Baltimore and surrounding areas will get a chance to see the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM, first-hand.

eCYBERMISSION, managed by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, is a free, Web-based STEM competition designed to increase student interest and participation in STEM studies.

The competition is open to all U.S. and Department of Defense Education Activity students in grades six through nine. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to work together to solve a problem in their community while using the scientific method. Teams are comprised of three to four students from the same grade and region, with an adult team advisor to serve as a mentor.

Students compete at both the regional and national level for up to $8,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds. Regional first-place winning teams from each grade level are invited to the National Judging and Educational Event in June to present their projects to a panel of national judges for a chance to win additional savings bonds and the national award for each grade level.

Since the competition's inception more than 58,000 students have participated. During the BEYA conference, eCYBERMISSION will offer students an opportunity to participate in an interactive trivia game, get fun giveaways and learn more about how they can participate in eCYBERMISSION.

Professional and college student participants throughout the three-day event will also have an opportunity to learn more about how they can be involved. Beyond team advisor participation, eCYBERMISSION also has a variety of volunteer opportunities, including: generating awareness for eCYBERMISSION in local communities as an ambassador, answering student questions online as a cyberguide and scoring mission folders as a virtual judge for the competition.

Officials are looking forward to showing the exciting world of STEM Feb. 18-19. For information, visit the <a href="http://www.www.ecybermission.com"> eCYBERMISSION Web site</a>.

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