Two Mirman Teams Earn First Place in STEM Competition

05/01/15 05:01:pm
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Recently, two teams from Mirman were selected as Regional Finalists in the eCybermission STEM Competition. They presented their projects last week, competing against teams from 8 other states.

We have received word from the Executive Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, that our two Regional Finalist teams were named “First Place State and Regional Winners” in their respective age categories, while a third team from Mirman was awarded 2nd place in the state competition! Along with their faculty leader, Mirman Science teacher Arpa Ghazarian, the first place teams have been invited to Washington D.C. during the week of June 15 - June 19 to compete nationally.

These students have worked hard all year on their projects. Additionally, Team Infection Protection won a $5,000 STEM In-Action Grant to pursue their project further. We are so very proud!

What is eCYBERMISSION?

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade teams. Each team proposes a solution to a real problem in their community and compete for State, Regional, and National Awards.

eCYBERMISSION challenges students to explore how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics work in the world.

First Place State and Regional Winners:

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.

Second Place State Winners:

Dilemma Zone

2nd Place winners in 6th-grade category

Team Members: Mason S., Sarina S., and Ayden C.

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.

Team The Dilemma Zone: designed a device (improved traffic light) that reduces car accidents and traffic at major, busy intersections.

Judge's Comment: Outstanding report! The problem was well-thought out, and the engineering design was creative and impressive. The writing was exceptionally cogent and educated, and the results and conclusions were all very well discussed. I expect future great engineers from this group! What an incredible project. I loved your detail and descriptions. The pictures and uploads were excellent and really see the stage. I see three future engineers with bright futures!

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