News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 12, 2016
DISES seventh graders named state winners in STEM competition

The U.S. Army announced in a news release the seventh grade team, The Shellbusters from Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, as a second state winner in the 14th annual eCybermission competition—one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.

eCybermission, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, is a web-based STEM competition free to students. Designed to inspire student interest in STEM, eCybermission challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.

Students compete on state, regional, and national levels for up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

The Shellbusters worked together with team advisor Mickie Flores to investigate ocean acidification. Student teams submit their official project through the eCybermission website to be evaluated and scored by a panel of volunteer virtual judges. State winning first place teams receive $1,000 per student in bonds.

In the next round of the eCybermission competition, a panel of virtual judges will evaluate the top three scores from each region in each grade level. Sixty regional finalist teams will compete to advance as one of 20 national finalists, moving on to compete at the National Judging and Educational Event June 20-24 in Washington, D.C.