After 5 days of events, Stone Middle School’s 8th grade team the SBS Bots took home 1st place in Nation!
CONGRATULATIONS TO: Zen C., Jason D., Dalton S. and Spencer T.
The team did a fantastic job, performing well above the competition.
Stone's SBS Bot Project involved programming robot prototypes to be used to kill bacteria in buildings that are infested due to poor ductwork or insulation design or installation. SBS stands for Sick Building Syndrome, which is what the robots ultimately would be tasked to clean.
Now in its sixth year, eCYBERMISSION is a free, Web-based competition for youth designed to increase interest in science and engineering disciplines. Projects focus on teams finding problems in their communities, educating people about them and coming up with unique solutions using math, science and/or technology.
Participants must choose a Mission Challenge related to one of four categories: health and safety, arts and entertainment, sports and recreation or the environment. Students must develop a hypothesis, Doyle said, and conduct research and experiments to prove or disprove their hypothesis. Each team submits their mission folder, the official write-up of their project -- including photos, survey questions and other supporting documents -- via Internet for the initial virtual judging.
All finalists received $3,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds as regional first-place winners. The national winners, will receive an additional $5,000 in savings bonds and enjoy an all-expense paid weeklong event included a series of educational enrichment activities and events in the Washington, D.C. area.
Stone students won 10 of the 14 first place awards and 9 second place awards taking a total of 50 place awards.
(left front row) Justin R., Ashley P., Melissa S., Natasha K., Rishita J. (Best of Show!) (middle row) Rich Regan, research teacher, Martin M., Lauren A., Fiona K., Tim J., Jacob S. (back row) research sponsors: Karen Regan, Jared Campbell (not shown) First Place Winner Sierra C., research sponsors: Barbara Beehler, Geri Riley, Gordon Shupe
And Science Research is HUGE at Stone Middle School. Few other schools have as long lasting a reputation for excellence in Science Research as Stone.
So as we approach the South Brevard Regional Fair Competition, the 78 Stone students competing are in a virtual frenzy to complete their final preparations.
You can help!!! - Stone welcomes parents and responsible adults to come in during fair prep days. You can help the students by proofreading papers, setting up backboards, supervising experimentation, hearing a practice presentation, and a myriad of other things. Call or email Mr. Regan for more information about when and where we need you!
Mr. Regan:email; 676-2939 phone.
Sunday evening (12/3) Mr. Johnson drove Mr. Regan and Mr. Shupe down to consult with Mulberry Middle School's administration and science teachers. We spent all of Monday reviewing their facilities, lab and technology equipment, goals, and even met with a half dozen of their business partners.
Mr. Johnson (Principal), Mr. Regan (Choice Program Director), Mr. Shupe (Technology Director), and Mr. Campbell (Technology and Vocational Instructor) staged a multimedia presentation during one of the concurrent sessions at the conference, as well as manned a booth in an exhibition type hall. School District personnel from around the state visited with the Stone Team and about 30 attended their session.
At the end of the event, school districts submitted grant requests to partner with their choice of the schools that presented and exhibited. Each mentor school that was accepted received $10,000 for their consulting services and the mentee school would receive $40,000 as seed money to start the new program.
Stone was quite honored to have many schools request their assistance and in the end the state DOE awarded Four Partnership Grants to our school. We were awarded more grants than any of the other three Brevard County schools and only four schools in the state received more grants than we did!