Originally created 11/04/04

Pupils' projects can win them savings bonds



Math, science and technology education are important to the Army and the National Science Center's Fort Discovery.

A program called eCYBERMISSION rewards pupils in the sixth through ninth grades for projects emphasizing math, science and technology.

Pupils must develop a solution to a real-life problem from one of four areas - sports and recreation, arts and entertainment, the environment and health - using science, math and technology, said Jan Hemphill, an eCYBERMISSION ambassador with the National Science Center in Augusta.

The National Science Center, headquartered at Fort Discovery, is helping to promote the program, which awards pupils with savings bonds for their projects.

There are prizes for winners at each grade level.

Pupils work together as a team to complete the project.

All team members must be in the same grade level, but they don't have to attend the same school.

Winning projects have included a seventh-grade team from Iowa that looked for alternatives to dumping used oil filters in the landfill and a team of Texas eighth-graders who looked for ways to keep the homeless safe from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.

This is the third year for the competition.

Regional winners receive $2,000 savings bonds; regional first- and second-place finishers receive $3,000 savings bonds; and national winners receive $5,000 savings bonds.

The contest is Web based and complete details are available at www.ecybermission.com. Interested teams must register online. The registration deadline is Dec. 15 and the project deadline is Feb. 21.

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eCYBERMISSION rewards pupils in the sixth through ninth grades for projects emphasizing math, science and technology.Pupils must develop a solution to a real-life problem from one of four different areas - sports and recreation, arts and entertainment, the environment and health - using science, math and technology. The contest is Web based and complete details are available at the Web site, www.ecybermission.com. Interested teams must register online. The registration deadline is Dec. 15 and the project deadline is Feb. 21.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at (803) 441-6927 or czbrackett@hotmail.com.