By Allyn Williams October 2017
For the last 13 years, Orangewood Christian High School’s 9th grade Pre-AP Biology students have participated in an AEOP- and NSTA-sponsored eCybermission competition.
eCybermission is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th–9th grade teams. The goal of eCybermission is to propose a solution to a real problem in their community and to compete for State, Regional, and National awards. OCS students have successfully won at all three levels in the past. Last school year our students took home the 1st, 2nd, and Honorable Mention at the State Level.
On July 12th, a national STEM forum was held at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. Former eCybermission competitors Matt Gallagher, Kassidy Marshall, Alex Rubio, and India Miller were invited to speak to a gathering of science educators and administrators from all over the country on the Power of STEM Education. The students gave a brief description of their eCybermission projects and discussed ways in which the competition helped fuel their love for science. The audience asked a variety of questions ranging from details of the competition to ways in which to motivate students in STEM education.
We are so very proud of our OCS students!