Army Educational Outreach Program Announces Competition Opportunities for Middle and High School Students

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Programs offer savings bonds, scholarships for winners

The Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) announced today that two of its competition programs—eCYBERMISSION and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) are now open for registration. Both competitions offer students the opportunity to present original research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

eCYBERMISSION is a free online learning competition designed to cultivate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. Registration is open until December 17, 2014 at http://www.ecybermission.com.

Through the program, which is administered by the National Science Teachers Association, teams of three to four students plus an adult team advisor are asked to identify an issue in their community related to one of seven mission challenges. After selecting a mission challenge, teams apply the scientific practices or engineering design process to propose a solution. Each team then submits a mission folder, the official write up of their project, via the eCYBERMISSION website.

The JSHS program is a series of state and regional research symposia that promote original research and experimentation in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics at the high school level and publicly recognize students for outstanding achievement. By connecting talented students, their teachers, and research professionals at affiliated symposia and by rewarding research excellence, JSHS aims to widen the pool of trained talent prepared to conduct research and development vital to our Nation.

Through oral and written research presentations made at JSHS, students report on their unique, innovative, and creative contributions to the research problem and their approach to undertaking the investigation. Students must also demonstrate their understanding of the scientific principles underlying the research problem. Students earn scholarships up to $2,000 at the regional level and up to $10,000 at the national level. Interested students and their teachers are encouraged to contact the JSHS regional symposium director in their area to obtain application guidelines and materials at http://www.jshs.org/regions.html. Registration deadlines vary by region, so interested high school students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Both programs are open to U.S. citizens and legal residents of the appropriate ages for each program. Dependents of Department of Defense and other U.S. government employees overseas are encouraged to apply.

These programs are an important part of the AEOP’s mission to foster the next generation of STEM talent to meet our Nation’s defense and economic needs well into the future. AEOP is charged with addressing national needs for a STEM literate citizenry through a portfolio of educational opportunities which includes unique experiences, competitions, and high school internships that aim to spark an interest in STEM and encourage participants to pursue college and careers in STEM fields. The Army is committed to increasing the STEM talent pool in order to ensure our national security and global competitiveness. For more information on AEOP, visit http://www.usaeop.com.

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