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Cornerstone teams take top two spots at state competition
Cornerstone Private Schools
A pair of middle school student teams from Cornerstone Private Schools took the top two spots in a U.S. Army STEM competition.

A pair of middle school student teams from Cornerstone Private Schools took the top two spots in a U.S. Army STEM competition.

Sixth-grade teams Salinity Solution and superior Shelter finished first and second in the state in the 17th annual eCYBERMISSION competition, hosted by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. The competition is open to students in sixth to ninth grades who identify a problem in their community and use science and engineering to come up with a solution.

“The remarkable projects submitted by these students demonstrate their commitment to tackling some of their communities’ most daunting challenges. The U.S. Army is truly awed by the thoughtfulness and originality behind the ideas put forth by these students,” said Christina Weber, AEOP cooperative agreement manager, in a news release. “I congratulate the state winners on their accomplishments and wish them luck in the next phase of the eCYBERMISSION competition.”

Sanitary Solution investigated using reflection to inexpensively speed up evaporation to desalinate water, and Superior Shelter compared soil types to find the best mixture to allow water to escape to prevent damage to structures during flooding.

“We are so proud of all the state winning teams for their hard work, dedication, and ingenuity in applying STEM to solve problems in their communities and create positive change in the world around them,” said National Science Teachers Association Executive Director Dr. David Evans in the release.

The victory came with some compensation for the work, as the first-place winner received $1,000 per student team member in savings bonds and the second-place winners each received $500 in bonds.

The next step in the competition will see a panel of virtual judges evaluate the top three scores from each region in the country at each grade level. Sixty regional finalists will then compete to advance to the top 20 national finalists, which will face off at the National Judging and Education Event in Washington D.C., on June 16-21.