eCybermission is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) competition for 6th - 9th grade teams. Working in teams of 3 - 4 students, each team proposes a solution to a real problem in their community and competes for State, Regional, and National Awards. This program challenges students to explore how STEM works in the real world.
ESF is one of three SUNY campuses invited to partner with the SUNY system and the New York Academy of Sciences in this pilot project, funded, in part, by the Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP) and the Battelle Memorial Institute.
Graduate students from ESF act as eCybermission Team Advisors, who aid in guiding teams through the scientific process, and ultimately help them craft their project. Through this pairing, we are able to not only offer middle school students the expertise of our graduate students, but also help connect them with expertise and information about resources available here at SUNY-ESF, including scientific databases and faculty.
Currently, we are partnering with Syracuse City School District's Expeditionary Learning Middle School as we begin this program. It is our hope that next year, we will be able to not only continue, but rather expand this program to other Syracuse City School District schools, and to schools throughout New York State. In doing so, we hope to increase STEM engagement for many more students, and promote scientific thinking and interest in STEM careers.
As part of this program, we recently invited the 8th grade class from the Expeditionary Learning Middle School to visit our campus and learn more about renewable energy resources. While on campus, they got to hear from Dr. Marie-Odile Fortier about algal biofuels, Dr. Neal Abrams spoke about solar power, and Dr. Tristan Brown engaged the students in a discussion about the benefits and possible downsides of renewable energy. They also toured our Gateway building's Combined Heat and Power unit, as well as the Green Roof.
- Full agenda of the day (PDF)