How to Compete


1 - Create Your Team

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The first and most important step is getting your team ready! Your teammates will be your partners throughout this mission and will help you solidify your Mission Folder.

The Rundown:

  • Each team must have three or four student members from the same state in the same grade. NOTE: Due to COVID-19 teams with only 2 students will be considered complete for the 2020-21 competition year. Also, teams may have students from any grade 6-9, but the team will compete in the highest grade on the team (i.e. a team with one 6th grader and one 8th grader will compete in 8th grade) for the 2020-21 competition year.
  • All team members must register and join the team by the end of Registration – January 11, 2021
  • Each team must have one Team Advisor who must be at least 21 years old and can be a teacher, parent, a sports coach, a club leader or any other active community member.
  • A Team Advisor must have access to an active email account.
  • A Team Advisor must register and join the team by the end of registration – January 11, 2021

Team is complete

Team Advisor is in place

Make sure you review the competition rules as they can change from year to year. Focus especially on the Safety and Disqualification sections.

2 - Identify a Problem in Your Community

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Once your team is in place, you will pick a Mission Challenge. eCYBERMISSION is all about using Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to solve a real problem in your community.

If you need help identifying a topic for your project, check out Inspiration Station.

The Rundown:

Your team can choose one of the following Mission Challenges:

  • Alternative Sources of Energy
  • Environment
  • Food, Health & Fitness
  • Forces & Motion
  • National Security & Safety
  • Robotics
  • Technology

Mission Folder (the name given to the project submission including answers to all required questions) is ready for you to enter your research and showcasing your team collaboration

3 - Work Together to Explore the Problem

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Once you’ve chosen a Mission Challenge, you’re ready to get started. Together as a team you’ll work on exploring the problem and moving towards a solution.

The Rundown:

  • Research your problem, write a hypothesis, and conduct experiments
  • Use Team Talk to meet with your team online or ask a CyberGuide questions
  • Log on to our Discussion Forums to talk to other competing teams or our CyberGuides in over 100 different topics from how to get started to how to grow green algae!
  • Answer ALL of the questions in your Mission Folder, and attach files such as photographs, survey questions, or even your own website
  • Use CyberGuides who are who are experts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics careers to help you with your project.
  • Follow the links in the Mission Folder to access resources like Help and Team Talk.

Ready to explore the problem

4 - Share Your Findings and Win Prizes

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At the end of the eCYBERMISSION competition, you will submit your completed Mission Folder. Make sure you, your team and Team Advisor follows the rules closely and that your Mission Folder is complete and ready for judging!

The Rundown:

  • Make sure you answered all of the sections of your Mission Folder
  • Ask your Team Advisor to review your work
  • Check the box next to your name to show it is complete
  • Click submit before the competition deadline, March 10, 2021

See if your findings will win you big prizes