06/19/15 03:28:pm
| Category: Science

UPDATE: eCYBERMISSION has announced the winners! "Team Hope 2 Others (H2O)" took 1st place in the 7th grade category! "Team Infection Protection" was also officially awarded a $5,000 STEM-in-Action grant to continue their research.

We could not be more proud of our amazing students and teacher, Arpa Ghazarian!

Read the Official Press Release and a Complete List of Winners

Original Post from 6/15/15:

Two teams of Mirman students, along with science instructor Arpa Ghazarian, have arrived in Washington D.C. to partake in the National Judging and Educational Event (NJEE) for the eCYBERMISSION STEM competition.

On Thursday, June 18 at 10:30am (PDT), there will be a livestream of the national showcase. All teams that are competing will be presenting.

This year, there will also be a People's Choice Award - please vote for our teams on June 18!

Infection Protection

1st Place State winners in 6th-grade category; Regional Finalists

STEM In-Action Grant Winners

Team members: Rhea M., Rohan M., Natalie B., and Siji S.

Hope 2 Others (H2O)

1st Place State winners in 7th-grade category; Regional Finalists

Team members: Samantha M., Christina L., and Angela L.

Project Descriptions and Judge's Comments:

Team Infection Protection: developed a better HazMat suit for doctors and healthcare workers in the field dealing with Ebola and other diseases/epidemics.

Judge's Comment: You did a great job on your project. And I'm biased a bit because I'm a Molecular Biologist working at the public health lab in my state. I work in the section of the lab that deals with bioterrorism agents and I'm in a suit quite often! Our suits are different than the ones the health care workers wear - ours are called PAPR and that means they have a powered air respirator. Our time in the portion of the BSL lab, in the event that we get a specimen believed to be positive for ebola (for example) is 2-4 hours. So that's up to 4 hours in the suit.

Thank you so much for focusing on a subject so important to those who work for and dedicate their lives toward keeping the infected safe and the non-infected not infected! Your resources are wonderful and your emails to those in the field were a great idea.

Team Hope 2 Others (H2O): designed a better and more natural water filtration system using plants.

Judge's Comment: This was a very important problem. You found through your reading that Moringa has many useful properties in water purification, and you confirmed these findings in your experiments. You compared the ability of cilantro to that of moringa and found that moringa was the best choice; however, if moringa is not available, your work provides evidence that other natural plants might be used in the same way. You designed a prototype for doing the physical part of the purification. Your experiments were very well planned to be as quantitative as your tools would allow; but you also learned of the pitfalls of some of your analytical methods and the need to use more specific and accurate methods at least in some cases. Overall, this project was very well designed and very well performed. Congratulations to your group for identifying an important problem, doing extensive reading about existing solutions, adding something of your own, and submitting an excellent presentation. Keep up the good work and all of society will benefit from your efforts.