What does it take for a sports team to be successful?
Great team players? Leadership?
Yes, but what else? Helping any great team are coaches, trainers, cheerleaders and fans.
eCYBERMISSION works the same way. Click on each role to learn more.
Students investigate, experiment and have fun![Back to top]
eCYBERMISSION is for students! The student's role is to choose a Mission Challenge and complete a Mission Folder. Specifically, students are expected to:
- Create or join a team with other students in their grade, and self-register on the site
- Choose a Team Advisor and have them register on the site
- Pick a Mission Challenge to research, test and solve
- Communicate using chat, Instant Messaging and Discussion Forums with CyberGuides and other students
- Complete and submit the Mission Folder by the submission deadline
Parents encourage their children's investigation[Back to top]
The primary role of Parents is to support their child’s investigation of a Mission Challenge. Specifically, Parents are expected to:
- Provide encouragement and support
- Assist teams in coordinating logistics (e.g., transportation, meeting places, resources)
- Serve as coaches to help teams conceptualize their approach
- Help resolve team conflict
- Supervise team safety
Parents, to learn more about your role, access the Parents' Guide to eCYBERMISSION.
Team Advisors are the students' first source of help[Back to top]
The primary role of the Team Advisor is to provide student teams with assistance. Specifically, the Team Advisor is expected to:
- Self-register on the site
- Assist teams, if necessary, in choosing a Mission Challenge
- Monitor team activity on the Discussion Forums and team page
- Review the team’s Mission Folder submission
Once you register as a Team Advisor, you will have access to our Team Advisor Resource Guide. This guide will walk you through all of the steps of the Mission Folder submission process. The guide can also be used to help you integrate eCYBERMISSION into your curriculum
Registration for the 2014-2015 competition opens early August, 2014. Once you register, you can access other materials that contain Team Advisor roles, responsibilities, timelines, tips and tools.
Ambassadors: the Face of eCYBERMISSION[Back to top]
Ambassadors are civilian or military Volunteers with an active Department of Defense security clearance or ability to pass a criminal record security check who promote the eCYBERMISSION Program in their community. Ambassadors can also volunteer as a CyberGuide or form their own teams and participate as a Team Advisor
What Is an Ambassador's Role?
eCYBERMISSION Ambassadors promote the program by:
- Visiting schools in their community to encourage participation and a chance to earn savings bonds for their students;
- Reaching out to STEM or like-minded organizations to help promote the program and future participation;
- Recruiting colleagues and friends to Volunteer for the program or form teams.
What is the time commitment for an Ambassador?
Ambassadors can perform their outreach on their own schedule. They can take a few minutes out of their day to make calls or send emails to schools and organizations. They can make visits to local schools and give presentations to administrators, teachers, students and/or parents. Ambassadors can keep track of all their outreach by using the outreach tool on the Ambassador homepage.
For more information on becoming an Ambassador, contact the Volunteer Program at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CyberGuides: Help students with their Mission Folders[Back to top]
CyberGuides are civilian or military Volunteers with an active Department of Defense security clearance or ability to pass a criminal record security check who provide online assistance to eCYBERMISSION Teams. CyberGuides can also serve as Ambassadors and promote the eCYBERMISSION Program in their local community.
What is the role of a CyberGuide?
eCYBERMISSION CyberGuides support student teams online through the use of:
- Discussion Forums
- Instant Messaging
- Private Chat Rooms
CyberGuides are civilian or military volunteers who work in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical fields and are experts in their areas. CyberGuides are meant to guide teams in their Mission Folder completion by encouraging them to ask questions, delve deeper into topics and areas of research and interest, pursue challenging concepts and problem solving skills, and to maintain integrity throughout the competition. CyberGuides are not meant to complete any portion of your team's project. CyberGuides will do their best to respond to Team Talk requests within 3 days of posting a question and are asked to check the forums weekly. If you have not received a response within a timely fashion, please contact the volunteer coordinator at email@example.com.
What is the time commitment for a CyberGuide?
Students are constantly using the Discussion Forums and Instant Messaging features of the website. We encourage CyberGuides to provide feedback whenever they are available to assist students. We will also need CyberGuides to lead several webinars throughout the year. CyberGuides are also needed to help with teams during private chat sessions. In general, CyberGuides are asked to Volunteer approximately five to six hours a month.
For more information on becoming a CyberGuide, contact the Volunteer Program at 1-866-GO-CYBER (462-9237) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Judges: Evaluate student Mission Folders[Back to top]
Virtual Judges have a background or interest in STEM, or education. They independently and objectively score approximately 10-15 Mission Folders online during the first 3 weeks of March.
Do I qualify as a Virtual Judge?
In order to volunteer as a Virtual Judge, you must be at least 18 years of age and:
- Believe promoting STEM education to America’s youth is important to our nation’s continued global competitiveness;
- Enjoy supporting and volunteering for an education-related community service activity;
- Want to contribute your expertise in a fun and unique way to the next generation of America’s leaders;
- Are interested in discovering how today’s students learn and apply STEM studies in a school setting; and
- Enjoy the flexibility of volunteering online at your own convenience during the Virtual Judging Period in March.
What is the time commitment for a Virtual Judge?
Virtual Judges will have three weeks in the month of March to score approximately 10-15 Mission Folders, the final student project. Each folder takes approximately one hour to complete on average. If you complete your assigned folders before the deadline, you may be asked to score additional folders to ensure all folders are scored.