The MISSing Monarchs had the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program’s (AEOP) 21st annual eCYBERMISSION National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) held in Hunt Valley, Maryland. The four-day event brought together 20 sixth-ninth grade National Finalist teams from across the country to compete for the National Winner title.
During the event, teams presented their eCYBERMISSION projects to a panel of senior scientists and engineering judges from the Department of Defense and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), who then unanimously selected the National Winner for each grade level.
The MISSing Monarchs project focused on raising awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly population in their community, providing new ideas on how to sustain the population. They distributed 421 packets of milkweed seeds, spoke with local mayors about strategies to boost the monarch population and established 16 registered butterfly waystations. The team is composed of talented students Annie Wei, April Yao, Elizabeth Moody and Olivia Kim, guided by team advisor Richard Gash.