Woodland Sixth Graders Best in STEM Competition

Woodland Sixth Graders Best in STEM Competition
Posted on 05/17/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Woodland Sixth Graders Best in STEM CompetitionWoodland Elementary’s sixth-grade team of Jasmine Baker, Grace Bradley, Veronica Geiger, and Sydney Kerlin topped the state in the 15th annual eCybermission competition.

The contest is one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. eCybermission, administered by the National Science Teachers Association, promotes self-discovery and enables students to recognize the real-life applications of science, math, technology, and mathematics.

Teacher Tanya Hoeting explains that the project “allowed students to solve a real-world problem by working together as a team.  I loved that it was student led and that groups learned how to use their strengths and creativity to benefit what their team needed to accomplish collectively as a group.”

The Woodland team worked together with their teachers to create an affordable and useful collapsible ladder to store in classrooms in case of an emergency. 

Sydney Kerlin states, “I liked how eCybermission allowed us to express our ideas on real-world problems and come up with possible answers on way to solve it. The process was easy because we used the engineering design process. It helped us answer the key questions in our project. It allowed us to work as a team and work out problems in our design.”

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. State winning 1st place teams receive $1,000 per student in U.S. Savings Bonds.

Photo: Woodland Elementary’s sixth grade team placed first in the state at the recent eCybermission competition, focusing on real-life applications of science and technology concepts. Here, the team checks their computer work. (Standing from left): Sydney Kerlin and Grace Bradley; (sitting from left): Veronica Geiger and Jasmine Baker.​​​​​​​