Brief description: eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for students grades 6-9. Students are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams compete virtually and students can win prizes at the state, regional, and national levels by grade level. This program is flexible and can be run as an in- or out-of-school experience. And teams can be mentored by educators, volunteers, or parents. Sign up your students today! Learn more at https://www.ecybermission.com/
The Army Educational Outreach Program and the STEM Action Center partnered to provide a free professional development opportunity (now closed). In addition, if you are an Idaho public educator and mentor a team through eCYBERMISSION you are eligible for a stipend and your student teams will be eligible to receive mini-grants from Idaho STEM Action Center for their projects. Idaho STEM Action Center will be hosting regional eCYBERMISSION showcase events in which students can share their work with other teams and travel funds will be provided.
Information on PD: This program focuses on student (6-9th grade) scientific inquiry and engineering design process skills by increasing participation through providing educator support. Educators will attend virtual PD workshop on scientific inquiry and the engineering design process to provide the pedagogy and skills needed to lead teams through eCYBERMISSION successfully. The PD will also help educators learn more on the specifics of eCYBERMISSION and how to advise a team. Educators will advise teams of 3-4 students in their chosen projects and submit them to eCYBERMISSION on February 27, 2020 (virtually). eCYBERMISSION will judge the projects and the top 3 teams in Idaho will be eligible for prize money to help sustain their program. The STEM AC will host three regionals in person showcase events to highlight student projects and allow students to learn from each other, have an opportunity to meet other students interested in STEM, and share accomplishments held March 7th, 2019 across the state. There will be a showcase in northern Idaho, eastern Idaho and southern Idaho so that teams from rural communities will be able to travel to a showcase easily.
If you successfully advise one student team through project submission for eCYBERMISSION, Idaho public informal and formal educators are eligible for:
- $500 stipend (upon program completion) for advising at least one team during the FY19-20 eCYBERMISSION competition
- $200 (total) towards materials for all their student projects
- $250 stipend for travel to the regional showcases for eligible teams
After you register a team, STEM Action Center will reach out to you about the stipend, mini-grant for materials, and travel funds.
*Educators advising the winning state teams that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd will receive monetary awards (1st place - $750, 2nd place - $500, 3rd place - $250). Monetary awards will be administered through their school or organization for STEM supplies in their teaching environment to sustain the eCYBERMISSION program.
PD Funding is closed however we are still recruiting educators for the competition.
Submit student project to eCYBERMISSION (virtual):
February 27, 2020
Attend statewide student regional showcase (in person):
March 7th, 2020
Submit a final Report via Community Grant Portal:
Public 6-9th grade formal and informal educators
PD Credits: Syllabus and more info coming soon
PD Funding Schedule
Open: August 7, 2019
Close: September 22, 2019
Award date: September 26, 2019