GEHS Pluperfect Team: Blake Malkames, Rachel Antoszewski and Cooper Hart. Submitted photo

The U.S. Army announced May 2, Gardner Edgerton High School 9th grade Pluperfect team as a second place state winner in the 14th annual eCYBERMISSION competition – one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). The GEHS team consists of Blake Malkames, Rachel Antoszewski and Cooper Hart.
eCYBERMISSION, sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based STEM competition free to students. Designed to inspire student interest in STEM, eCYBERMISSION challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.
Pluperfect worked together with Pamela Gove, GEHS team advisor, to create a perpetual motion machine for energy conservation. Student teams submit their official project through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by a panel of volunteer virtual judges. State winning second place teams receive $500 per student in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.  Students compete on state, regional, and national levels for up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.
“We are delighted with all the amazing projects that came through this year,” said Dr. Carolyn Hayes, NSTA president. “We congratulate the state winners and commend all of the team advisors for investing time in their students to help make a real difference in the world around them.”
In the next round of the eCYBERMISSION competition, a panel of virtual judges will evaluate the top three scores from each region in each grade level. Sixty regional finalist teams will compete to advance as one of 20 national finalists, moving on to compete at the National Judging and Educational Event, June 20-24 in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program Provides a National Platform for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics