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Seventh Graders Win, Advance in STEM Competition


TEAM HARD KNOCKS: The first place state winners in the eCYBERMISSION Competition are Matthew Hobbs, Andrew Deibert, Chance Annis and Nick Arenas. Their winning project involved padding for helmets that would help reduce the number of concussions sustained by football players.



In May, the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) announced two seventh grade teams from The Oklahoma School of Innovation and Experiential Learning (OSIEL) as first and second place state winners in the 15th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program.

The competition is administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the intention of promoting self-discovery and enabling students to recognize the real-life applications of science, math, technology and mathematics (STEM).

First place team, Hard Knocks, is made up of students Matthew Hobbs, Nick Arenas, Chance Annis and Andrew Deibert. The team created a helmet padding that would help reduce the number of concussions sustained by football players.

Aphids Away, the second-place team, consisted of Audrey Arant, Jenna Tuggle and Anna Hammons. These students collaborated to create an aphid repellent consisting of environmentally-safe materials.

The Hard Knocks team will receive $1,000 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, and Aphids Away will receive $500 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

In the next round of competition, a panel of 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, moving on to compete at the national judging event held in June in Washington, D.C.

Updated 06-01-2017

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