Garden Plain students win statewide contest

Kyndal DeLong, Alayna Hoheisel, Mason Hoheisel and Gabe Kampling are first-place state winners in the eCYBERMISSION contest.

Two groups of Garden Plain Elementary students are statewide winners in the 16th annual eCYBERMISSION competition.

The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) announced Artificial Intelligence, the sixth grade team from Garden Plain, as a first-place state winner, and NeKuKs, the eighth grade team, as a second-place state winner in the contest. eCYBERMISSION, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to work in teams of 3-4 to identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or the engineering design process to develop a solution.  Student prizes for each grade level are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels.

Artificial Intelligence team members Kyndal DeLong, Alayna Hoheisel, Mason Hoheisel and Gabe Kampling worked together with team advisor Gretchen Bergkamp to investigate which laundry detergent removes stains the best.

KeKuKS teammates Lanie Nelson, Reagan Smith and Jaden Stierwalt investigated how exercise affects test performances.

The teams submitted their “mission folder” – the official write-up of the project – through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by volunteer virtual judges. First-place state winning teams received $1,000 per student team member in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, and second-place state winning teams received $500 per student team member in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

In the next round of the 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 at the National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE), taking place June 17-22 in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the eCYBERMISSION competition, go to www.ecybermission.com.

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