ORLANDO, Fla. (Army News Service, Dec. 4, 2008) -- About 120 participants in the Army's eCybermission competition took part in the 26th Army Science Conference Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.

The conference, at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Dec. 1-4, was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). It aimed to communicate that the Army is a high-tech force, and it was also designed to enable conference attendees to better appreciate future emerging technologies.

Florida leads eCyber pack

Florida has the most registered students in the eCybermission competition's southeast region, with more than one-seventh of all eCYBERMISSION participants coming from the Sunshine State.
Students from Stone Middle School in Melbourne, Fla.; Rock Lake Middle School in Longwood, Fla.; and Orangewood Christian School in Maitland, Fla., attended the general session. They also participated in a science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM scavenger hunt in the exhibition hall and networked with Army scientists, mathematicians and engineers.

This year Stone Middle School already has 13 registered eCybermission teams, all led by Richard Regan, science teacher and team advisor of multiple regional and national winning teams. Regan continues to participate in eCybermission and says its due to the leadership and guidance from the Army.

"The Army makes the kids feel comfortable and provides an excellent experience," Regan said. "Many organizations talk about how we need to increase interest in science and math - that we need more scientists and engineers in the future - but the Army is actually stepping up and doing something about it."

Registration deadline nears

Registration for this year's eCybermission competition closes Dec. 19 at 11:59 p.m. There is no cost for registration, and participating students can win up to $8,000 in U.S. EE savings bonds.
Sponsored by the U.S. Army, this Web-based science, math and technology competition is designed as a "science fair for the nation," intended to spark students' interest in science, math and technology and encourage them to pursue related careers.

Since 2002, more than 46,000 students have participated, and more than $5.7 million in U.S. EE Savings Bonds have been awarded to deserving students for their work.

(Deanna Figiel is director of enrollment for eCybermission, headquarted at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.)