Congratulations to Bio4Ever, a team of eighth grade students from Canyon Park, Leota and Skyview middle schools who won the state and regional divisions of eCybermission, the Army’s STEM competition. They were the only team of eighth graders to participate in the state, and were awarded $2000 per student for placing first in the state competition and received the same award for winning at regionals. The students will compete at national finalists the week of June 16 in Washington, D.C.
For the competition, the students investigated how to make an effective rain garden to reduce the pollution in the Puget Sound from water run-off. They extensively researched plants and materials, and visited several rain gardens in the community to determine configurations to build simulations and test. They tested for pH, turbidity and impurities initially and then used the data to determine a more optimum configuration.
During Bio4Ever’s trip to D.C., the students will have the opportunity to meet with one of Washington’s senators, participate in several STEM activities and sightsee around the city.
eCybermission is a web-based STEM competition for students in grades six through nine that promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. To learn more, visit eCybermission’s website.