Kubasaki 9th graders excel in eCYBERMISSION competition

by Erin Lester
eCYBERMISSION

The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program Encourages Students Nationwide to Develop Solutions to Real-World Problems in Their Communities Camp Foster, Okinawa, April 30, 2018 – The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) today announced that the Equine Parasite Investigators from Kubasaki High School were selected as Regional Finalists from thousands of entries from public, private and DODEA schools. They are also 1st place state winners for all of the DODEA schools in the 16th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). 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.

The Equine Parasite Investigators, Wesley Marty, Sander Marty and Londyn Kemp, worked together with Miss Maryanne Tirinnanzi, Team Advisor, to explore the effects of temperature on equine fecal samples to determine parasite load and the subsequent Ivermectin dosage. The global equine industry would benefit from reduction in equine Colic deaths and dewormer resistance with the knowledge of the correct temperature for testing and storing fecal samples for valid parasite load results.

The 2nd place Sea Cucumber Bacteria Busters, Aden Leggio, Joshua Carrillo and Jamari Hooker, worked together with Miss Maryanne Tirinnanzi, Team Advisor, to investigate the anti-bacterial qualities of refrigerated and room temperature Holothuroidea mucus on human sourced bacterial colonies. Due to the increase in bacterial resistance to current antibiotics, this team plans to further their research on the use of Holothuroidea mucus on topical wound reduction in Asia.

The teams submitted their Mission Folder—the official write-up of the project— through the eCYBERMISSION website to be results 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. Regional Finalists receive an additional $1,000 for achieving the next level of competition.

“The remarkable projects submitted by these students demonstrate their commitment to tackling some of their communities’ most daunting challenges.

The U.S. Army is truly awed by the thoughtfulness and originality behind the ideas put forth by these students,” said Louie R. Lopez, AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager. “I congratulate the state winners on their accomplishments and wish them luck in the next phase of the eCYBERMISSION competition.”

“The level of creativity and dedication these students have shown through their projects is truly impressive. Their imaginative ideas are shining examples of the innovation we try to foster every day in STEM education classrooms nationwide,” said Dr. David Crowther, NSTA President. “We congratulate the state winners on what they’ve achieved so far and applaud all of the team advisors for engaging and inspiring their students to make a real difference in the world around them.”

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 & Educational Event (NJ&EE), taking place on June 17-22,

2018 in Washington, D.C.

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