ARL participates in 2013 eCYBERMISSION national event

July 01, 2013

Story Highlights

  • The 2013 eCYBERMISSION National Judging and Educational Event was recently held at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., and was kicked off by the director of the Research, Development and Engineering Command, Mr. Dale A. Ormond.
  • eCYBERMISSION is a U.S. Army sponsored, web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, competition free to students in grades six through nine.
  • The U.S. Army Research Laboratory participated in the STEM Tech Expo day with an advanced material demonstration, where students discovered how ARL's survivability mission—executed by an expert staff of scientists, engineers and technicians in a variety of technical disciplines—significantly contributes to success in military operations by providing critical protection technologies for vehicle platforms and Soldier equipment.

The 2013 eCYBERMISSION National Judging and Educational Event was recently held at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., and was kicked off by Dale A. Ormond, director of the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command.

eCYBERMISSION is a U.S. Army sponsored, web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, competition free to students in grades six through nine.

Sixteen first-place regional winning teams of 6th through 9th grade students from across the nation traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2013 event and competed for a chance to win U.S. series savings bonds and a national title, one for each grade level.

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory participated in the STEM Tech Expo day with an advanced material demonstration, where students discovered how ARL's survivability mission—executed by an expert staff of scientists, engineers and technicians in a variety of technical disciplines— significantly contributes to success in military operations by providing critical protection technologies for vehicle platforms and Soldier equipment.

Steve Taulbee and Wendy Leonard of ARL served as subject matter experts for the event, and Dr. Patrick Baker, director of ARL's Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, was in attendance for the awards ceremony to congratulate the student winners.

"eCYBERMISSION offers students the opportunity to be engaged in the scientific method that provides the foundation for all technical disciplines," said Taulbee.

"Students executed a wide range of projects to include exploring compounds to heal burns, weight measurement of book bags versus body weight, and structural engineering of bridges. It is refreshing to see their enthusiasm in math and science," stated Leonard.

Several ARL military also served as student escorts including Staff Sgt. Angel Clancy, Staff Sgt. Jesse Enos, Staff Sgt. Mason Lockey and Staff Sgt. Markus Whisman.

"This was my first time supporting eCYBERMISSION, and you can really tell what interests the students have by the questions they ask and their excitement with each demonstration," said Enos. "I hope to be asked to volunteer in the future," added Enos.

Additional displays at the event included the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center's 3-D printer activity; the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command's cryogenic freezing and What's in Smoke, the Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center's marble tower challenge; the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's fascination DNA; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' hydraulic sediment response; the U.S. Army Medical Command's Bugs, Microbes, Infection, and Immunity; and U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center's MRE lunches.

Judging of the teams consisted of five-minute presentations followed by a question and answer session, and Dr. Rose Pesce-Rodriguez, ARL fellow, served on the panel that reviewed the 8th and 9th grade teams.

Earlier in the cycle, Wendy Kosik Chaney of WMRD and Venkat Dasari of the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate participated as members of the regional award panel.

eCYBERMISSION is part of the Army Educational Outreach Program Cooperative Agreement Grant led by Virginia Tech, and the National Science Teachers Association is the new program administrator for eCYBERMISSION supporting the Army.

In addition to the competitions, student participants were able to enjoy a National Mall walking tour, which included stops by the Lincoln and World War II memorials, a visit to the National Museum of Natural History, and a Smithsonian Museum tour at the Stephen F. Udvar Hazy Center.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: July 1, 2013