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eCybermission STEM competition
Program Summary

eCYBERMISSION (eCM) is a free, web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9. eCM challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and use the scientific method, scientific inquiry or engineering design process to find a solution. Students compete for state, regional and national awards, with potential winnings of up to $8,000 (maturity value) in US Savings Bonds.



U.S. Army part of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP): Army-sponsored research, education competitions, internships and practical experiences designed to engage and guide students and teachers in STEM education.
NSTA joins the consortium of the Youth Science Cooperative Outreach Agreement (YSCOA) under lead of Virginia Tech.

Program Themes
Student teams must choose one of the following 7 Mission Challenges:
Alternative sources of energy, Environment, Food Health and Fitness, Forces & Motion, National Security and Safety, Robotics, Technology



  • Students: Grades 6-9

  • Team Advisors: teachers, coaches, counselors or leaders in youth organizations

  • Ambassadors*: civilian or military volunteers who promote eCM in their community

  • CyberGuides*: civilian or military volunteers who provide online assistance to eCM teams and

    promote the program in their local community

  • Virtual Judges: independently score Mission Folders submitted by the student teams

    * requires active DoD security clearance or Federal Background check



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