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eCYBERMISSION is a unique, Army-sponsored, Web-based science, math and technology competition for middle school students. Started in October 2002, the competition proved to be a great success its first year. The competition consisted of 442 teams of seventh and eighth-grade students, each composed of two or three students and an adult adviser. Advisers monitor the teams’ activities, answer questions and review their final projects. To qualify as advisers, individuals have to work as teachers, counselors, sports coaches, or leaders of youth organizations.

Looking to build upon last year’s success, eCYBERMISSION will be open to sixth graders in the upcoming 2003-2004 competition year. Both uniformed and civilian Army personnel are needed to act as “Ambassadors” and “Cyberguides” to get the word out to students and teachers in communities across the country. To find out more about entering the competition or volunteering to serve as an Ambassador or Cyberguide, visit

Now, onto this years National Winners . . . Congratulations!

7th Grade
1st Place:   MHSmartgirls, Mott Hall School, New York NY
Team Advisor: Susan Herzog, Team Members: Evelinda Cruz, Lisnerva Nuez, Anggie Pena
Synopsis: Concerned about gang activity and the safety of other local students, the team used data from student surveys they conducted to create a map to aid law enforcement and community groups that pinpoints the most dangerous neighborhood blocks. View their Mission Folder
2nd Place:  Environment Warriors, West Branch Middle School, West Branch IA
Team Advisor: Hector Ibarra, Team Members: Josh Armbruster, Emily Ciha, Lyle Gardner, Derek Ibarra
Synopsis: To lessen the damaging environmental impact from discarded oil filters, the team researched and tested recycling techniques. Taking their solution a step further, they are now convincing Iowa's lawmakers to mandate statewide oil filter recycling. View their Mission Folder
3rd Place:  MVCS Blazers, Mesilla Valley Christian Schools, Las Cruces NM
Team Advisor: Alan Fisher, Team Members: Seth Chavez, Alex Michel, Scott Miller, Brian Patterson
Synopsis: Dust-churning windstorms causing injuries and death to motorists in the team's home state motivated their invention of a working prototype warning signal that could be used to alert drivers to dust, snow or heavy rain. View their Mission Folder
4th Place:  Sodapop, Sanford Middle School, Sanford FL
Team Advisor: Robyn Deighton, Team Members: Tiffany Jones, Joshua Kovach, LaToya Tanner, Justin Rupert
Synopsis: Due to an increase in classmates' breathing problems, the team tested the oxygen levels of a variety of plants that could improve air quality. They now hope to convince the community to increase the cultivation of beneficial vegetation. View their Mission Folder

8th Grade
1st Place:  Brilliant Girls, Malow Junior High School, Shelby Township MI
Team Advisor: Jerry Pantano, Team Members: Sara Craun, Sara Kuzminski, Marissa Munaco, Lauren Palmer
Synopsis: To speed response time to "911" calls, the team researched and developed a telephone key code system to aid emergency personnel. For example, dialing "9113" would indicated a fire since "f" is the telephone 3 key. View their Mission Folder
2nd Place:  Buzzoff, Pin Oak Middle School, Houston TX
Team Advisor: Jamie Scott, Team Members: Sharon Tobias, Kathleen Graham, Jessica Zhao, Yin Zhou
Synopsis: Seeking to reduce the incidence of West Nile Virus among homeless populations, the team solicited donations and distributed hundreds of kits containing shampoo, soap, mosquito repellent and other toiletries to their community's homeless citizens. View their Mission Folder
3rd Place: NG8 Cybermaniacs, North Gulfport 7th and 8th, North Gulfport MS
Team Advisor: Vivian Bosworth, Team Members: Amber Culberson, Derek Allen, Nick Marek, Megan Mumley
Synopsis: To filter contaminants washed from their school parking lot into neighboring Turkey Creek and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico, the team researched and planted an artificial wetland of vegetation. View their Mission Folder
4th Place: Guinea Pigs, Colonia Middle School, Colonia NJ
Team Advisor: Patricia Kadolka, Team Members: Brian Baxter, John Dougherty, James Esposito, Raj Krishnan
Synopsis: The popularity of kickboard scooters among youth as well as parents' concerns about safety, prompted the Guinea Pigs to invent the Scooter Shield, an acrylic "windshield" attachment that reduces rider injuries. View their Mission Folder

Why is the Army Sponsoring a Competition for Students?
The Army has recognized a decrease in the number of students interested in science, math, and technology careers nationwide and the evergrowing need to remain globally competitive in these fields:
      • Our National Security will increasingly require the latest in science and technology
      • eCYBERMISSION enables The Army to return something to America's communities
      • eCYBERMISSION supports the President's commitment to education
Graphical representation of the eCYBERMISSION web site as well as the MissionMax website.


What will teams do during the competition?
  • Choose a problem in your community that is related to:
    • Health and Safety… such as seat belts… crosswalks… playground equipment.
    • Arts and Entertainment… such as theatre lighting…video games… sheet music.
    • Sports and Recreation… such as stadiums…hiking gear…basketball shoes.
    • Environment… such as air pollution…reservoirs… endangered animals.
  • Write a hypothesis, test it, and then find a solution to the problem.
  • Meet with your team and other teams on-line using discussion forums, chat rooms and instant messaging.
  • Submit your Mission Folder, the official write-up of your project, with attached files such as photographs, survey questions, or your own web site.
Teams of 3 or 4 students in the 7th or 8th grade and one adult Team Advisor. All of the competition information is on this web site so at least one person on the team should have access to the Internet and at least one student will need an active e-mail account to communicate with eCYBERMISSION.

Who can participate?
A web-based science, math and technology competition for 7th and 8th grade teams working to solve problems in their community and compete for regional and national awards. eCYBERMISSION challenges you to explore how science, math and technology work in your world.
When is the competition?
• Registration: October 1 – December 16, 2002
• Competition Ends: February 28, 2003
• Regional Judging: March 3 - 27, 2003
• Finals Judging Event: May 2003

What help is available during the competition?
Once you're registered, use Team Talk to chat with on-line coaches called CyberGuides who are experts in science, math and technology. Go to Help for tools, links, and checklists that will help you with your project.

How do I get started?
- Talk to your friends or classmates about forming a team, and ask a teacher or youth club leader to be your Team Advisor.
- You can now go to and register.
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