eCybermission participants see latest technologies at Army Science Fair
December 4, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. (Army News Service, Dec. 4, 2006) - The 25th Army Science Conference drew over 1,500 top scientists, industry leaders, and military and government officials to discuss the latest emerging technologies impacting the Army today Nov. 27 through 30.
Also attending the conference were Orlando area winners in the Army's eCybermission Program. Students participated in sessions with Army sponsored Nobel Laureates and visited displays showcasing cutting-edge technologies from Army sponsored labs.
eCybermission is an online science fair open to 6th through 9th graders from around the United States. The competition was initiated in 2002 by then Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki in recognition of the importance of science, math and technology to America's global competitiveness and national security.
Shinseki's sentiments were echoed this year by assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Claude M. Bolton, Jr.
"Our biggest challenge is people. We're not pumping out enough scientists and engineers." Bolton said. "Brain power is what makes our Army strong. Brain power is what makes this country strong. And brain power will keep us going."
The eCybermission competition is dedicated to increasing the number of American students interested in pursuing careers in science and mathematics. The program enables students to participate in projects of their own design and matches them with mentors from within the Army science community.
Prizes are awarded based on the application of science and technology; innovation, originality and creativity; and benefit to the community.
Since the competition launched, eCybermission has awarded more than $3.5 million in U.S. EE savings bonds to many of the 25,000 students.
At the Army Science Conference, the students were able to see firsthand how science, technology and mathematics play a lead role in preparing Soldiers for challenges on and off the battlefield. Because of the need for these rapidly evolving technologies, presenters encouraged students to get involved with science and mathematics programs like eCybermission - a call to action that some students had already taken to heart.
"You use math and science everywhere you go," said 10th grader Erica Conrad of Crooms Academy.