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					                                                                                                                 ISSUE 17 FEBRUARY 2010


                                                              NEWS BLAST
                                           Record Number of Students
èThis Issue
In                                         Registered for the 2009-2010
 Student Registration Map... page 2        eCYBERMISSION Competition
                                           Highest in eCYBERMISSION’s Eight Year History!
 Webinar Series... page 3
                                           eCYBERMISSION had its highest overall student
 Spotlight on National Title Eight-Grade   registration for the 2009-2010 competition, with
 Winners.. page 4                          more than 13,200 students from across the country
                                           signed up for the competition. This sets a new
 Volunteer Team Outreach... page 5         record in eCYBERMISSION’s eight-
                                           year history!
 Volunteer Update... page 6
                                           This year we have teams from
                                                                                            REMINDER!
 U.S. Army Update... page 6                almost all 50 states, as well as                 Submit Now
                                           teams in the U.S. territories and
                                           Department of Defense Education                  Mission Folders
                                           Activity (DoDEA) schools, which
                                           include Armed Forces Europe,                     must be submitted
                                           Armed Forces Pacific, American
                                           Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the                 by 11:59 p.m. EST on
                                           Virgin Islands.
                                                                                            Feb. 26, 2010.
è
Contact
Information
                                           In addition to the record number of
                                           student registrations, we have 804
                                           Team Advisors for this competition
                                                                                             “I feel really good about eCYBERMISSION.
                                           year – our highest number yet!                     Today my students were focused, excited
                                           We want to express our thanks to                   and on task as they brain stormed ideas for
 For additional information about the      our dedicated teachers, coaches,                   missions and problem solving.”
 eCYBERMISSION competition, please         parents and youth leaders who
                                                                                                          – Suzette McIlwaine, Team Advisor,
 visit www.ecybermission.com or            have shown their support of
                                           eCYBERMISSION by registering as a                                        Stone Hill Middle School
 contact Mission Control by e-mailing
                                           Team Advisor.
 missioncontrol@ecybermission.com or
 calling 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237).                                                         eCYBERMISSION student teams are
                                            “Whether the students have a great idea or      now hard at work on their projects,
 For additional information about            a mediocre idea, they still have to follow     collecting data and compiling their
                                                                                            Mission Folders. CyberGuides are on
 the eCYBERMISSION Volunteer                 the scientific method process from start to    our web site, www.ecybermission.
 Program, please contact the Volunteer       finish, and articulate what they are doing     com, now to answer questions and
 Program Coordinator by e-mailing            and why, throughout the project. Students      provide assistance as students
 volunteerprogram@ecybermission.             do not always ‘get it’ if an experiment is     complete their projects. If any team
                                                                                            has additional questions, please
 com or calling Mission Control at           designed for them. eCYBERMISSION breeds        call Mission Control at 1-866-GO-
 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237).                  creativity and a strong work ethic, while      CYBER (462-9237) or e-mail
                                             giving the students the freedom to learn in    missioncontrol@ecybermission.com.
 Mailing address:
                                             a way that means something to them.”
 eCYBERMISSION Program Office
                                                          – Robyn Deighton, Team Advisor,   Go to the map on page 2 for
 4692 Millennium Drive
                                                                     Leesburg High School   individual state totals.
 Suite 200
 Belcamp, MD 21017
NEWS BLAST                                                                                                                                ISSUE 17 FEBRUARY 2010


2009-2010 Student Registration
                                                                         NORTHWEST                                                   NORTHEAST
                                       WA 209
                                                                                                                                         15 NH           ME 12
                                                            MT 49           ND 70                                                     20 VT
                                OR 22                                                      MN 9                                                                     MA 21
                                                ID 35                                                                                                             RI 7
                                                                            SD 0                      WI 40                               NY 619
                                                             WY 78                                                  MI 74                                         CT 58
                                                                                             IA 123                                  PA 344
                                       NV 267                                NE 72                                                                        NJ 721
                                                                                                                         OH 527
                                                    UT 35                                                  IL 105 IN 159
                                                                                                                              WV 1                             DE 75
                                                                CO 242
                            CA 559                                               KS 3785          MO 210                             VA 1,592            MD 90
                                                                                                                     KY 414
                                                                                                                                      NC 235                   DC 18
                                                                                                                  TN 972
    SOUTHWEST/PACIFIC                            AZ 326                             OK 145                                      SC 149
                                                             NM 1                                 AR 64
(including Alaska and Hawaii)                                                                                                            SOUTHEAST
                                                                                                           MS 8 AL 277 GA 478            (including all
                                                                                                                                         U.S. territories
                                                                             TX 661               LA 83                               and DoDEA schools)
                               AK 25                                                                                          FL 2,586             AE    156
                                                                                                                                                   AP    3
                                                                                                                                                   AS    5
                                                                                                                                                   GU    17
                                                                                                                                                   PR    2
                                                              HI 47                                                                                 VI   5




 “I think eCYBERMISSION should
  feel good about offering the                                                   “Kids come back to school
  needed tools for our learners!”                                                 next Monday and we’ll be
    – Pam Jordan, Team Advisor,                                                   fired up and ready to get
        Patton Junior High School                                                 started choosing topics for
                                         “Thanks for the excellent                eCYBERMISSION.”
                                          tips! Your YouTube video on             – Laura Wilbanks, Team Advisor,               “I am excited about the use
                                          hypotheses was great as well.                           Science Rocks U                of the information you have
                                          The kids love ‘seeing’ Mission                                                         sent in the weekly emails. I
                                          Control.”                                                                              have put much of what
                                         – Laura Wilbanks, Team Advisor,                                                         you sent into a PowerPoint
                                                          Science Rocks U                                                        presentation that I use to
                                                                                                                                 guide students.”
                                                                                                                                     – Jon Moore, Team Advisor,
                                                                                                                                   Shadow Ridge Middle School

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NEWS BLAST                                                                                                    ISSUE 17 FEBRUARY 2010


eCYBERMISSION’s Interactive Webinar Series Connects
Teams to Nation’s Leaders in STEM to Increase Successful
Mission Folder Submissions Among Students
In Nov. 2009, eCYBERMISSION launched a series of
interactive and informative webinars for educators and
students, focused on the real-life application of science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM) to solve
                                                                 è Folder Submission Tips
                                                                 Mission
problems through the scientific method.                            1.	Check	the	Mission	Folder	for	proper	
                                                                      grammar	and	punctuation.
Each webinar is focused on a different step of the
scientific method and is presented by an experienced               2.	Upload	or	attach	any	images	or	files	that	
eCYBERMISSION CyberGuide. Throughout the webinar,                     will	help	the	Virtual	Judge	to	score	your	
students are able to interact with the CyberGuide,                    Mission	Folder.
who answers students’ specific questions and offers
immediate assistance with their projects.                          3.	Verify	that	all	attached	images	or	files	
                                                                      clearly	support	your	hypothesis	and	your	
Each of the webinars are presented at several different               conclusions.
times to allow individuals from across the nation and
in DoDEA schools around the world to participate live                V
                                                                   4.	 erify	that	all	the	links	for	Mission	Folder	
either in the classroom or at home.                                  attachment	files	are	functional.
Although the series was created to guide students and              5.	Notate	all	Mission	Folder	attachments	
Team Advisors throughout the various stages of the                    within	the	Mission	Folder	text	so	that	
eCYBERMISSION competition, the interactive webinars                   Virtual	Judges	can	easily	relation	
can also serve as a tool for all STEM educators.                      attachments	to	your	Mission	Folder.
The webinar series kicked off in November with                       P
                                                                   6.	 roperly	cite	all	of	the	resources	your	team	
Constructing an Effective Hypothesis. In this webinar,
                                                                     used	for	your	Mission	Folder.
the CyberGuide reviewed the elements of a strong
hypothesis and offered different exercises which                   7.	Upon	completion,	have	each	team	member	
allowed the students a chance to practice identifying                 log	in	to	his/her	account	and	electronically	
each part of the hypothesis.                                          sign	the	Mission	Folder	by	selecting	the	
In December and January, eCYBERMISSION presented                      check	box	next	to	his/her	username	and	
Testing a Hypothesis Through Experimentation,                         then	selecting	“Submit”.	
Conducting a Survey and Conducting Data Analysis and
Drawing Conclusions.
In February, eCYBERMISSION will offer several webinars
focused on Mission Folder Tips and a General Question
                                                                 è For more information on each of
                                                                   these tips and other helpful advice on
and Answer Session with a CyberGuide.                              submitting your Mission Folder, please
Since the series launch, over 300 students and Team                join us for one of our CyberGuide
Advisors have registered and participated in the live              webinar sessions. Click here to view
webinar presentations. eCYBERMISSION has featured
seven of its CyberGuides from across the nation.
                                                                   the full webinar schedule on the
                                                                   eCYBERMISSION blog.
To view a playback of an eCYBERMISSION webinar, visit
the eCYBERMISSION web site at www.ecybermission.
com. The webinars are available in the News and Media
section under Videos.                                            “Thank you so much for coordinating another excellent webinar
For more information on the webinar series, visit the             opportunity for the students. The information was helpful to us
eCYBERMISSION blog at www.ecybermission.blogspot.                 and I found it made the job of turning our predictions into ‘if-then’
com.
                                                                  statements MUCH easier this morning during class! CG Picatinny
                                                                  was wonderful with his insights and answers.”
                                                                                     – Laura Wilbanks, Team Advisor, Science Rocks U


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NEWS BLAST                                                                                                                   ISSUE 17 FEBRUARY 2010


Students Create Sports Program to Help
Classmates with Disabilities
When four students from Pin
Oak Middle School in Bellaire,                                                                    “eCYBERMISSION is well-organized and provides a
Texas formulated an idea for                                                                       great support system. I love to watch my kids be
their eCYBERMISSION project,                                                                       successful. When I see the students obtain even
they did not know at the time
that it would create a big
                                                                                                   small incremental successes, it motivates me to
impact not only in their school,                                                                   continue to be a mentor to them. I can see that
but across their state as well.                                                                    they are different because of the experience they
The “Super Sports Squad” team
                                                                                                   had with me and this competition.”
was rewarded with the 2009                                                                            – Jamie Scott, Team Advisor, Pin Oak Middle School
eCYBERMISSION national
title for eighth grade for their    Team Members: Kate Beittenmiller, Emily Christians, Maddie Cooper
work to improve the motor           and Emily White; Team Advisor: Jamie Scott (not pictured)
skills of special needs students
through the use of modified sports programs. The                               Their program was so successful that the team has
team, comprised of students Kate Beittenmiller, Emily                          been approached by other organizations such as
Christians, Maddie Cooper and Emily White, each                                the Houston Independent School District to create
received $8,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds at the 2009                           a booklet that can be used by physical education
National Judging and Educational Event in Washington, teachers to implement with their own special
D.C. in June.                                                                  needs students. The team has completed a formal
                                                                               instructional manual, which they have distributed
Led by Team Advisor Jamie Scott, the team adapted                              across the state of Texas in hopes that it will be utilized
the physical education program used by their school to                         in all school districts.
develop a program designed to teach basic motor skills,
such as hand-eye coordination and balance through                            “The special needs students at our school have poorly
four modified sports: kickball, tee ball, basketball and                       developed motor skills [compared to] those of the
soccer. Over the course of 11 weeks, the team worked                           other students. Because of this, the special needs
closely with their school’s special needs students and                         children cannot participate fully in school sports and
saw an overall improvement of 200-300 percent in their have a hard time participating in extracurricular sport
fine and gross motor skills.                                                   activities,” said the Super Sports Squad. “Our school
                                                                               has a large population of special needs students,
                                                                               ranging from mildly handicapped to quadriplegic, and
                                                                               we felt we could make a difference in their lives.”




 “My life was changed by a school counselor who sponsored an Earth
  Day when I was in school. We planted 100 trees at my school, and I
  can drive by today and still the see the fruits of that labor. That one
  event changed my life, and made me who I am today. I want to give
  these kids the same opportunity for life-changing experiences.”
                     – Jamie Scott, Team Advisor, Pin Oak Middle School



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NEWS BLAST                                                                                                                                     ISSUE 17 FEBRUARY 2010


Volunteer Team Conducts Outreach to Recruit Virtual
Judges, CyberGuides and Ambassadors
eCYBERMISSION relies on a number of different                                                        with at least two more
stakeholders in order for the competition to be as                                                   scheduled for February,
successful as it is, and recruiting three of those types                                             and that does not include
of stakeholders is the primary responsibility of the                                                 the Tennessee Science
Volunteer workstream – Ambassadors, CyberGuides                                                      Teachers Association
and Virtual Judges. We reach out to these Volunteers in                                              conference in November
a number of ways, such as e-mail blasts and phone calls                                              at which the Volunteer
to previously registered Volunteers and a posting on                                                 workstream was present
the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) web site. But one of                                                 for support and outreach.
the primary means of recruiting Volunteers, especially
those new to the competition, is through our road                                                    Our road shows have so
shows.                                                                                               far taken us to Vermont,
                                                                                                     Massachusetts, the District
Road shows are outreach visits that take place at Army                                               of Columbia, Virginia,
bases and installations, colleges and universities, and                                              Florida, New Jersey,
other military installations. The majority of our road                                               Pennsylvania, New York
shows take place between November and February and                                                   and Michigan, as well
our team finds itself all over the country promoting the                                             as outreach in our own
competition. As of this writing, our team has already                                                backyard in Maryland
conducted 17 road shows through the month of January                                                 and Washington, DC. A
                                                                                                     complete list of all of
                                                                                                     our road shows so far, as
                                                                                                     well as those that are still   eCYBERMISSION Team Member Olivia Willard
                                                                                                     forthcoming, can be found      at the Massachusetts Association of Science
                                                                                                                                    Teachers Conference in Boston, Mass.
                                                                                                     online on our Google Map.
                                                                                                     As of Jan. 15, 181 of our 421 registered Virtual Judges
                                                                                                     have come from one of our road shows, representing
                                                                                                     43 percent of our total registration. Not only are our
                                                                                                     road show successful, but they are also enjoyable for
                                                                                                     the eCYBERMISSION staff, our points of contacts at our
                                                                                                     road show locations and local Volunteers and Virtual
                                                                                                     Judges. For example, our points of contacts at the
                                                                                                     Communications-Electronics Research, Development &
                                                                                                     Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Fort Monmouth, N.J.
                                                                                                     set out purple and gold balloons and Hersey Kisses.
                                                                                                     One of our CyberGuides, Wayne Wolverton, assisted
                                                                                                     with our outreach efforts at the Armament Research,
                                                                                                     Development & Engineering Center (ARDEC) at
                                                                                                     Picattiny Arsenal, N.J. Our point of contact at Kennedy
                                                                                                     Space Center, Tim Ferris, not only assisted with setting
                                                                                                     up the eCYBERMISSION table, but also signed up to be
                                                                                                     a Virtual Judge himself and sent out an e-mail about
                                                                                                     the competition to all of NASA’s 14,000 employees.
                                                                                                     If you have a suggestion for a future road show, either
                                                                                                     this year or for the 2010-2011 competition, please
                                                                                                     provide us with some information about the location
                                                                                                     along with a point of contact there.
                                                                                                     Thanks to everyone who has helped us set up all of our
                                                                                                     road shows this year and made them so successful!

The Pilsbury Doughboy stops by the eCYBERMISSION booth at the Society of Hispanic Professional
Engineers (SHPE) conference in Washington, D.C.



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Volunteer Update                                              RDECOM Names




                                                                                                                                      UPDATE
Less Than Three Weeks Left to                                 New Commanding
Register to be a Virtual Judge!                               General
Do you have an interest or background in science,             The U.S. Army Research,
technology, engineering, math or education? If so, the        Development and Engineering
Virtual Judge volunteer role may be right for you!            Command (RDECOM)
So far, we have more than 400 volunteers registered           recently announced Maj.
to serve as Virtual Judges, but we still need your            Gen. Nickolas G. Justice as
help! This year, eCYBERMISSION has the highest                its Commanding General.
overall student registration in its history, with more        On Dec. 4, 2009, Justice
than 13,200 students. With such a large number of             replaced Maj. Gen. Paul S.
students, we need more qualified Virtual Judges than          Izzo, who is retiring from the
ever before to review the thousands of Mission Folders        U.S. Army in March.
expected to be submitted.
                                                              Justice has served in the
Virtual Judges have the unique opportunity to review          Army for 38 years, and
and score Mission Folders submitted by students and           most recently acted as the
give them the opportunity to win up to $8,000 in U.S.         Program Executive Officer
EE Savings Bonds. As stated previously, to be a Virtual       for the Command, Control
Judge you must have an interest or background in              and Communications-           Maj. Gen. Nikolas G. Justice assumed command
science, technology, engineering, math or education,          Tactical at Fort Monmouth, of the U.S. Army Research, Development
as well as access to the Internet. All Mission Folders                                      and Engineering Command in a ceremony at
                                                              N.J. In that role, Justice
are scored by five Virtual Judges, with the highest and                                     Aberdeen Proving Ground Dec. 4.
                                                              managed over 2,000
lowest score dropped and the middle three averaged
                                                              employees with an annual
for a final score.
                                                              budget of over $6 billion
The Regional Judging phase takes place from March             in battle command
1-22, 2010. During the Regional Judging phase each            and communication
Virtual Judge is sent between 20-25 Mission Folders           capabilities. Previous to
to evaluate. All final scores must be submitted on the        this role, Justice earned
eCYBERMISSION web site no later than 11:59 p.m. EST           a Bachelor degree in history from the University
on March 22; any un-scored Mission Folders will be            of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Institutional
sent to Alternate Judges at that time. The Alternate          Management from Pepperdine University and a Master’s
Judging phase begins on March 23, 2010 and ends at            degree in International Relations from Salve Regina
11:59 p.m. EST on March 29, 2010. During this phase
                                                              College.
all remaining un-scored Mission Folders will to be
reviewed by Virtual Judges who have agreed to score           As Commanding General for RDECOM, Justice will
additional Mission Folders.                                   lead over 17,000 employees in the research and
We are creating an interactive webinar series designed        development of technologies in laboratories and
to walk our Virtual Judges through the judging                centers that are used by the U.S. Army.
process, during which we will answer questions
and address any concerns. Stay tuned to the
eCYBERMISSION web site for the dates and times of
the webinar series!                                             “I am very excited about this opportunity to work with students in a
If you or someone you know is interested in                      different format. This is the first time we have become involved in a
volunteering as a Virtual Judge, please register or              competition such as this and we look forward to working with you
encourage them to register on our web site at www.               this school year.”
ecybermission.com using the code CYBER. If you
have any questions or require more information,                                     – Valerie Tuck, Team Advisor, Lake Taylor High School
please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinators
at volunteerprogram@ecybermission.com or through
Mission Control at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237).
Virtual Judge registration is open through Friday, Feb.
26, 2010. Register now and lend your support to this
valuable Army program!

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