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2017-2018 eCYBERMISSION Competition

Awards to USA Student Teams that Apply
STEM Lessons to Solve Real Community Problems

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)

LOI Date:

12/13/17

Deadline Date:

02/28/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Awards of up to $5,000 to USA and Territories teams of three to four sixth through ninth grade students for projects that use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to solve real problems in their communities. Through this program, student teams, along with their advisor (i.e., a parent, teacher, coach, or other community member), will research and conduct experiments to find a solution to a community problem.

Your team can choose one of the following Mission Challenges:

- Alternative Sources of Energy
- Environment
- Food, Health, and Fitness
- Forces and Motion
- National Security and Safety
- Robotics
- Technology

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164406

Estimated Size of Grant:

State Awards:

a. First Place State Winning Teams will receive up to $1,000 USA Series EE Savings Bond (Matured Value) per student.
b. Second Place State Winning Teams will receive up to $500 USA Series EE Savings Bond (Matured Value) per student.

Regional Awards:

a. All Regional Finalists Teams will receive up to $1,000 USA Series EE Savings Bond (Matured Value) per student.
b. First Place Regional Winning Teams will additionally receive up to $2,000 USA Series EE Savings Bond (Matured Value) per student.
c. Students on teams that score First-Place in Regional Judging will attend the National Judging & Educational Event, paid for by eCYBERMISSION. This year’s NJ&EE will be in late June of 2018. Exact location, dates, and times will be announced later.

National Awards:

a. First Place National Winning Teams will additionally receive up to $5,000 USA Series EE Savings Bond (Matured Value) per student.

Honorable Mention:

a. Third Place Teams at each grade level in each state will receive honorable mention recognition.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To compete in eCYBERMISSION, participants must be part of a complete team. A complete team includes three or four students in the same grade, competing for the same state, and one adult Team Advisor who is over the age of 21.

Each team must have one Team Advisor:

- A Team Advisor must be at least 21 years old.
- Team Advisors must be one of the following: a teacher, coach, counselor, leader in a youth organization, or parent.
- A Team Advisor must have access to an active email account.
- A Team Advisor must register and join the team by the end of registration.
- Team Advisors must have access to the Internet and an active email in order to communicate with eCYBERMISSION Mission Control.
- Team Advisors can mentor as many student teams as they choose, but must ensure that students are only participating with one team of students per competition year.

Team Advisors must assign students to a team by the close of registration on December 13, 2017.

Since this is a web-based competition, there may be different situations as far as residency of students compared to where the school is located. The state the team competes for must be the state in which the school, organization, or group is located, be it brick and mortar or virtual. All team members must be in the same grade and compete for the same state. Carefully read the following three scenarios to determine which scenario best fits your team(s):

- Students that are from the same state as their school must register the state of their school at registration.
- Students who attend the same school but reside in different states may compete on the same team, provided that they compete in the state where the school is located, not where the individual students reside. Students may not compete for more than one state.
- Students all live in the same state, but the school is in a different state. The team must register to compete in the state in which the school is located.

Student Eligibility Requirements:

A team’s competing region is determined by the address of their school/organization. Students must be USA citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, and must be officially enrolled in either sixth, seventh, eighth, or ninth grade at a USA-based public, private, or home school, Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) or a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad. Students who are residing in one of the USA Territories, DoDEA, or DoDDS schools should use the proper registration code and should not use the "International" code unless their location is not represented.

All USA citizens and LPR are eligible to participate in eCYBERMISSION. However, only those students with a valid social security number are eligible to receive any monetary award. For administration of awards, competition winners must provide the Social Security Number of the registered student and must be able to set up a minor-linked Treasury Direct Account (which will be kept confidential). eCYBERMISSION awards are distributed via USA Savings Bond through TreasuryDirect for the USA Department of Treasury. Students without a social security number cannot be issued a USA Savings Bond.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Process:

Step 1: The online registration period is open from early August 2017 through December 13, 2017. A complete team, three to four students (from the same state) and a Team Advisor, must be registered and assigned to a team by December 13, 2017, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, in order to compete in the 2017-2018 competition. After the registration deadline, teams may no longer register to participate in the current eCYBERMISSION competition unless the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) deems it necessary to extend the end of the registration period.

Step 2: Once your team is in place, you will pick a Mission Challenge.

Step 3: Once you’ve chosen a Mission Challenge, you’re ready to get started. Here’s what you’ll be doing:

- Research your problem, write a hypothesis, and conduct experiments.
- Use Team Talk to meet with your team online or ask a CyberGuide questions. Log on to our - Discussion Forums to talk to other competing teams or our CyberGuides in over 100 different topics from how to get started to how to grow green algae!
- Answer all of the questions in your Mission Folder, and attach files such as photographs, survey questions, or even your own website.
- Use CyberGuides who are who are experts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers to help you with your project.

Step 4: Submit Your Mission Folder

At the end of the competition, you will submit your Mission Folder on the eCYbERMISSION website. Before you submit, you will:

- Make sure you answered all of the sections of your Mission Folder.
- Ask your Team Advisor to review your work.
- Check the box next to your name to show it is complete.
- Click submit before the competition deadline, February 28, 2018.
- For more information on submitting your Mission Folder, click here: https://www.ecybermission.com/Help

The Virtual Judging period ends March 30, 2018 and the Regional Judging period takes place April 23-27, 2018 (tentative, watch the website for any changes). Regional and state winners will be notified by mid-May. Scores submitted by the Virtual and Regional Judges are final.

The National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) will be held late June in the Washington, D.C. metro area. NJ&EE is a week of educational activities along with teams formally competing for National Awards. STEM-In-Action Grant recipients will also be invited to participate in NJ&EE.

Competition Rules: https://www.ecybermission.com/CompetitionRules

FAQs: https://www.ecybermission.com/FAQ

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit online: https://www.ecybermission.com/

Please contact the eCYBERMISSION Help Desk with any questions:

By phone: 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237)
By email: missioncontrol@ecybermission.com

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