National Finalists in the Army’s eCybermission Competition!

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Another National Level Recognition for Stone!

The eCybermission SBS bots team members are
  • Zen C.
  • Spencer T.
  • Dalton S.
  • Jason D.
Our SBS bots team is the 1st place winner for all of the Southeast U.S. and Europe.
They have each won $6,500.00 in bonds and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C to compete in the Army’s National Judging and Educational Event (NJEE). This is a significant accomplishment – only four 8th grade teams are selected from all over the U.S. and from DOD’s schools worldwide to compete in the national event. The NJEE includes competition, a public show case of their projects, trips to high-tech labs, visits to monuments and museums, behind the scenes tours and formal dinners with Washington VIPs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two teams from Stone Middle School in Melbourne, Fla. have won $21,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds by taking regional awards in this year’s national eCYBERMISSION competition.

eCYBERMISSION is a U.S. Army-sponsored, web-based science, math and technology competition that allows students in grades six through nine to compete for regional and national awards while working to solve problems in their communities.

Taking a first-place award, which includes $3,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds for each student and an invitation to attend the National Judging and Educational Event in Washington, D.C. in June, is the “SBS Bots” team, comprised of eighth graders Zen C., Jason D., Dalton S. and Spencer T.. The team was recognized by judges for its research into the problem of Sick Building Syndrome, a persistent allergic reaction from people who live or work in places that have allergens in the HVAC systems. The students grew E. coli in a Petri dish, placed it inside an air duct, programmed a robot to travel into the duct and expose the dish to ultraviolet light and then measured the number of remaining E. coli cells.

Taking a second-place award which includes $3,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds for each student, is the “Ameoboyds” team, comprised of sixth graders Allen C., Jose N. and Ryan R.. The students researched amoebic meningitis, a rare disease that was fatal to several boys in Central Florida last year. The students conducted experiments regarding the effects of saline solution on amoebic mortality rates and found that salinity does effect amoeba mortality rates.

Both teams were led by Team Advisor Richard Regan. In the past six years, Stone Middle School has won $45,500 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds by students competing in eCYBERMISSION.

“We congratulate these Stone Middle School winners for their superb research and analysis during this year’s eCYBERMISSION competition,” said Mike Doyle, U.S. Army eCYBERMISSION program manager. “These innovative students were selected from thousands of their peers and show the potential that our bright young Americans have as future leaders in science, math and technology.”

This year, 1,763 teams, comprised of 6,382 students, submitted their research for judging. Now in its sixth year, eCYBERMISSION has awarded more than $4.6 million in U.S. EE Savings Bonds in support of the science, math and technology leaders of tomorrow. Since its inception, more than 46,000 students from across the country and in U.S. territories and Department of Defense Education Activity schools worldwide have participated in the competition.

Registration for next year’s competition opens August 1. For a complete listing of the 2007-2008 winners or for more information, visit

This is Stone M.S.'s 3rd year of placing students at the national level for this event.
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