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 themes—arts and entertainment, health and safety, sports and recreation, or the environment—and benefit some aspect of the community in which they live. Once students have chosen a theme, they must put their project into...

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