Mirman Team Advances in eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition

06/21/16 03:57:pm
| Category: Science

UPDATE (May 4, 2016):

We are excited to announce that Team The Blaze Barrier was just named the eCYBERMISSION Regional winner for the West Coast. The team will be going to Washington DC from June 20-24 to compete in the National Competition!

The U.S. Army has announced that a team of US2 students, “Team The Blaze Barrier,” will advance as regional finalists in the 7th grade category at the 14th annual eCYBERMISSION STEM competition.

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition free to students. Designed to inspire student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, eCYBERMISSION challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to problems facing their local communities.

“eCYBERMISSION is a year-long commitment and requires innovative solutions to real-world problems,” said team advisor and Mirman science teacher, Arpa Ghazarian. “I had a great time working with the seven Mirman teams that participated. I am so proud of their commitment, passion, curiosity, and hard work.”

In the 6th grade category, Mirman’s US1 “Team Water Watch” was the 2nd place State Winner, while another US1 squad, “Team Food Waste… Aced!” was the 1st place State Winner.

Students compete on state, regional, and national levels for up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

In the next round of the STEM competition, a panel of judges consisting of U.S. Army scientists and engineers, educators, and STEM professionals will judge “Team The Blaze Barrier” based on criteria including innovative ideas and a four-minute Q & A session with the students.

The top 20 regional winning teams will then advance as national finalists to the annual National Judging and Educational Event (NJ&EE), an all-expenses paid trip taking place June 20-24, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Congratulations to all involved in this exciting adventure! More project details are available below.

6th Grade Category (US1):

1st Place State Winner: Team Food Waste…Aced!
Members: Charlotte M., Chloe F., Kyra G., & Ava F.

Project: Ninety percent of people worldwide have thrown away food based on the misconception of expiration dates. Team Food Waste…Aced! created a web application that will help people cut down on the amount of food they waste. Their app provides the user with endless information on food items, their shelf life, and the alternative ways to use the food before throwing it out. They programmed a blog onto their app so that they could make it interactive, and to motivate people to make a change, and share their accomplishments with others.

2nd Place State Winner: Team Water Watch
Members: August D., Jocelyn S., Anika I., & Danielle C.

Project: In the United States alone, 959,760 people are injured each year on average because of wet pavement. Additionally, there are extreme costs, associated with the delays caused by wet pavement. Their project allowed them to find a safer alternative to asphalt. To address this problem, they tested many different kinds of permeable paving and found better alternatives to materials used to create roads.

7th Grade Category (US2):

1st Place State Winner and Regional Finalist: Team The Blaze Barrier
Members: Kendall M., Turandot S., & Mateo P.

Project: Since 2000, between 100,000 and 1,000,000 acres of land are burned each year in California. The average acreage that is yearly in flames is 550,000 acres. Wildfire seasons are 78 days longer on average when compared to 1970, and have become twenty percent longer over the past thirty-five years. Taxpayers pay three billion dollars to battle wildfire, which is triple the cost of 1990. Though fire detectors have improved, they are for household use and have not been adapted to wildfire. Companies utilize human lookouts, which are generally inefficient in early detection. This team hypothesized that ionization detectors would expose wildfire faster than photoelectric detectors, as they are designed to detect fast burning fires, while photoelectric detectors are designed to uncover smoldering fires. They are currently developing their own smoke detector that is particularly designed to address wildfires.