eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community. Teams submit their portfolios online for the state competition in March 2021. The top Idaho teams will move on to the virtual regional competition in April 2021 for a change at a spot at the in-person National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) in June 2021. Student prizes are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels by grade level.
eCYBERMISSION focuses on building scientific inquiry and engineering design process skills in 6-9th grade students. Idaho’s eCYBERMISSION program offers a virtual professional development training for educators to host student competition teams throughout the year. Selected educators will attend a series of three 2-hour virtual workshops (6 hours total) on the specifics of eCYBERMISSION and how to advise a team. The PD will provide the pedagogy and skills needed to lead teams through eCYBERMISSION successfully, and will include concepts related to scientific inquiry and the engineering design process. Educators will advise teams of 3-4 students in their chosen projects and submit them to eCYBERMISSION by March 3, 2021.
eCYBERMISSION will judge the projects, and the top three teams per grade level in Idaho will be eligible for prize money to help sustain their program. Due to health and safety guidelines, there will be no physical showcases. Instead, teams will submit an optional short video presentation of their projects for a chance to win prizes. The overall winning team will receive $150 per student in saving accounts, and second place will receive $100 per student. Teams will be able to view and learn from videos submitted by others, starting important conversations about accomplishment and subject materials.
- Three 2-hour virtual PD training webinars (No cost to participants), held one per month from October to December 2020
- $700 stipend (upon program completion) for advising at least one team through the eCYBERMISSION competition and submitting at least one project
- $200 per team (up to two teams) reimbursement towards materials for student projects
*Educators advising the winning state teams that place 1st, 2nd or 3rd will receive monetary awards (1st place - $500, 2nd place - $250, 3rd place - $100). Monetary awards will be administered through their school or organization for STEM supplies in their teaching environment to sustain the eCYBERMISSION program.
Team Registration Deadline:
January 6, 2021
Student Project Submissions Due:
March 3, 2021
Optional Video Submission Deadline:
April 5, 2021
Submit a Final Report via Community Grant Portal:
May 15, 2021
Learn more about this program at https://www.ecybermission.com/
Open: August 5, 2020
Close: October 12, 2020
Award Date: October 13, 2020
Anticipated # of Awards: 12
Eligibility: Public formal and informal educators working with 6-9th graders.