With this new contest sponsored by the United States Army, seventh and eighth grade students are encouraged to work together, using science, math, and technology to help solve real-world problems within their communities. Students who wish to compete first must select a “Mission Challenge.” Challenges are left to the discretion of students, as long as the proposed projects focus on one of four themesarts and entertainment, health and safety, sports and recreation, or the environmentand benefit some aspect of the community in which they live. Once students have chosen a theme, they must put their project into motion. Students are encouraged to collaborate using discussion forums, bulletin boards, and monitored chat sessions through the eCYBERMISSION web site. Challenges will be graded by judges based on a number of criteria, including the use of science, math, and technology; innovation, originality, and creativity; benefit to the community; and teamwork. Any students who submit projects for review will receive a free t-shirt and certificate of commendation. Winners will be eligible for a number of prizes, including savings bonds, plaques, medals, media interviews, and more. Students who wish to compete in the program must submit applications by Nov. 30.
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