eCYBERMISSION Team Readies for a Chance at Nationals
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade students that challenges them to explore how STEM works in their world. Students in the same grade form a team of three or four to propose a solution to a real problem in their community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards. This is Mirman’s fifth year competing in the competition; each year, we’ve had a team make it to Nationals.
This year, a team of US1 students, Katherine O., Charlotte N., and Lachlan M. (Team KCL) along with their team advisor, Arpa Ghazarian, have won first place in the state of California with their project. They designed an affordable and easy to use wearable technology that would motivate students/children to drink the proper amount of water needed to stay properly hydrated. While there are solutions ranging from simple to complex, there aren’t good enough solutions that would work well for children. These solutions aren’t ideal because they can be costly, easily misplaced, or hard to set up and use by kids. So the team decided to prototype their own wearable device using Arduino Lilypad since it’s designed for wearable projects, it can be sewn onto fabric, and it’s inexpensive. Their data supports that students were more motivated to drink water using their bracelet prototype over alternative, existing devices. The team is continuing making improvements on their design.
Team K.C.L. is also a Regional Finalist and will be competing with states in the western region. They will be doing a presentation and Q&A with a panel of expert judges on April 24th to determine whether they move on to the Nationals in D.C.