WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the U.S. Army announced that team HydroPhysics from the eCYBERMISSION competition—one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and administered by the National Science Teachers Association —has been invited as guests to the 2016 White House Science Fair event on April 13, 2016.
As honored guests, the students will hear remarks from the President, and interact with other students, professional scientists, high-level senior government officials, private sector representatives, and others. The White House Science Fair is hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and focuses on encouraging young students to pursue STEM careers.
Designed to inspire student interest in STEM, eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition —free to students—that challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities by using scientific inquiry or the engineering design process. Each year, over 20,000 students nationwide compete on state, regional, and national levels for awards up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds.
“The U.S. Army is honored to be recognized for its continued commitment to providing students with pioneering national STEM competitions like eCYBERMISSION, connecting students with world-class STEM professionals and DoD resources,” said Louie R. Lopez, AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager. “We’re so proud of the students that will have the opportunity to interact with other students and professionals on a national stage at the White House.”
Team HydroPhysics, 8th graders from Naperville, IL, were 2015 national winners in the eCYBERMISSION competition. The team constructed an Anti-Flood Design (AFD) to help prevent basement flooding. The AFD, created from pipes, uses super absorbent polymers to prevent the water from leaking.
Team HydroPhysics is representing their school, community, and AEOP. For photos and more information about AEOP participants at the 2016 White House Science Fair, please visit AEOP’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/goAEOP and Twitter feed @USAEOP.
The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) is comprised of Army-sponsored research, education, competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students as well as teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). From elementary school through graduate school, students of all proficiency levels, interests, ethnic, economic and academic backgrounds are encouraged to participate in real world experiences involving these important disciplines.
Sponsored by the U.S. Army, eCYBERMISSION—a web-based competition that is free to students—is one of several science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). 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. NSTA administers the Army's eCYBERMISSION competition for the AEOP as part of the Battelle Consortium formed by the AEOP cooperative agreement award to Battelle Memorial Institute.
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.