A team of four 7th graders from Rocky Run Middle School in Chantilly - Ravi Dudhagra, Diego Gutierrez, Rishabh Krishnan, and Adityasai Koneru - won a STEM-in-Action grant worth up to $5,000 in the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program’s eCYBERMISSION (http://www.ecybermission.com) competition.
The national competition, administered by the National Science Teachers Association, challenges 6th-9th grade students to identify real-world problems and create solutions using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The team, named CyberRams, are working to address the problem of noise-induced hearing loss, an irreversible problem that is increasingly seen in young people. They created a prototype mobile computer program, Decibel mApp, which uses GPS technology to provide the user with a map showing decibel levels the user experienced at different locations during the day.
The team was awarded a STEM-in-Action grant because their implementation plans were deemed to provide the greatest possible impact within their community. With the grant funding, the team intends to bring their final app to market in one year.
The team was one of only 20 in the nation that competed in the finals last week at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, out of more than 4,400 teams that entered. A second team from Virginia, three 9th graders from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, also made the finals. Both teams took first place in the State of Virginia competitions for their grade, and each student was awarded $3,000 for their win.
Students who would like to enter next year’s free eCYBERMISSION competition can get more information at www.ecybermission.com.