YPG team volunteers for national STEM competition
By Ana HendersonJuly 6, 2020
Yuma Proving Ground’s (YPG) Science, technology, engineering and mathematics’ (STEM) team volunteered for the National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) eCyber competition.YPG’s team consisted of Ashely Lochetto, Iris Espinoza, Paula Rickleff and Savanna Silva. Each member served the team in a different capacity. Yuma Test Center Commander Alicia Johnson took part in the introduction and motivated the students for the competition.The student teams consisted of three to four students from grades sixth through ninth grade, plus an advisor. They had a mission to solve a real community problem. All the work was done virtually this year and the competition was streamed live on YouTube on June 19.Silva says, “Their work makes it evident that our future is bright as it is bursting with a generation who will step up to bring about the next series of technological advancements.”The competition website states, “The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program is committed to answering the Nation’s need for increased national STEM literacy and to expanding STEM education opportunities across the country to open doors to new career paths for American students that lead to a brighter tomorrow.”YPG’s volunteer team placed third in the Volunteer Incentive category. The team was the only representing Army Test and Evaluation Command. Congratulations!