By Nikki Ficken, AMRDEC Public AffairsAugust 9, 2018
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Aug. 9, 2018) - The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center hosted Alabama champions during a recent tour of Redstone Arsenal.
Seventh graders Puja Chopade and Neha Chopade of Discovery Middle School and Pranav Somu of Liberty Middle won first place in Alabama at the 2018 eCybermission STEM Competition June 22. eCybermission is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competition for students in grades six through nine.
Under the name the Ecstatic Statics, the team researched ways to generate clean energy using nano surface modifications and the triboelectric effect while promoting body movements and a way to replace heavy batteries carried by Soldiers in the field.
During the tour, the group visited several AMRDEC facilities including the Propulsion Lab, Russell Tower, the Army Game Studio, and the Navigation Lab. The students were given interactive briefings and live demonstrations of many technologies, including alternative energy capabilities.
eCybermission is one of several Army initiatives designed to engage and guide students and teachers in STEM education. The Army has expressed its commitment to increasing national STEM literacy and expanding STEM education opportunities across the country to open doors to new career paths for American students that lead to a brighter tomorrow.
The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center is operationally aligned to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, and administratively aligned to the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command. This joint alignment established a closely woven research, development, acquisition, and sustainment team to provide increased responsiveness to the nation's Warfighters. AMRDEC has the mission to deliver collaborative and innovative aviation and missile capabilities for responsive and cost-effective research, development and life cycle engineering solutions.