Two Rancho Solano teams win 1st and 2nd place in virtual contest

Two Rancho Solano teams win the U.S. Army’s 14th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition

A view of the Rancho Solano teams that won the U.S. Army’s 14th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition. (Submitted photo)

Two Rancho Solano teams recently took first- and-second-place in the U.S. Army’s 14th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition to develop solutions to real-world problems.

Sponsored by the U.S. Army and the National Science Teachers Association, students from around the country in grades six-through-nine were challenged to develop a solution to real-world problems in the web-based STEM competition designed to help build and sustain students’ interest and knowledge in STEM.

Team Koala: Anna Jondle, Lexi Arana, Sierra Kuperschmid, and Beckett Hans came in first place in Arizona for researching what type of breakfast is most nutritious for children and adults, showing which food gives you the most energy and ability to focus. Each team member receives a $1,000 savings bond

Team Hawk: Evan Punches, Abbey Herter, Olo Adebayo, and Brandon Yang were second place in Arizona for developing a healthy alternative to energy drinks, which will boost energy and increase a person’s life span. Each member receives a $500 savings bond.

Through the eCYBERMISSION website, each team created a mission folder, the official write-up of their project, which required them to work through all steps of their project before submitting it to be evaluated and scored by a panel of virtual judges.

In the next round of the eCybermission competition, a panel of virtual judges evaluates the top three scores from each region, in each grade level. Sixty regional finalist teams will compete to advance as one of 20 national finalists in the National Judging and Educational Event this June in Washington, D.C.


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