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Welcome to the Volunteer Help Center. Thank you for volunteering and supporting the Students and Team Advisors. eCYBERMISSION is not successful without you. Please contact eCYBERMISSION Volunteer Program Staff at volunteerprogram@ecybermission.com if you need additional assistance.

General

Registration

question_answer Can I volunteer in more than one opportunity?

Yes, a volunteer can serve in multiple opportunities. Ambassadors can be Team Advisors and/or CyberGuides. CyberGuides can be Ambassadors or Virtual Judges. Virtual Judges can be CyberGuides but cannot be Ambassadors or Team Advisors.

question_answer What volunteer opportunities require a background check?

A satisfactory background check, conducted by eCYBERMISSION, is required as Ambassadors and CyberGuides interact directly with students. Background checks are not required for Virtual Judges as they do not have direct interaction with students.

question_answer Do I have to be a US citizen to volunteer?

A satisfactory background check, conducted by eCYBERMISSION, is required to volunteer as an Ambassador or CyberGuide. Ambassador and CyberGuide volunteers must have a US Social Security number (SSN) in order to volunteer in those positions. You do not need to be a US citizen to volunteer as a Virtual Judge.

Account

question_answer I forgot my password. How do I reset my password?

When you go to the Login Page, next to the "Login" button there is a "Forgot Login/Password" option. Click here and follow the prompts to reset or change your password.

question_answer How do I change my password?

To change your password, login to your volunteer account. On the upper right corner of your screen, click on "My Info." From here, look for "Login Information," and click on the option to "Change Password"

Zoom

question_answer Where can I download Zoom?

Go to https://zoom.us/download and follow the prompts to download.

question_answer How do I join a Zoom call if I am on a government computer?

If your government computer doesn’t allow Zoom, you can try accessing Zoom from your mobile device or your personal computer. You can also call in to Zoom from your phone.

Emails

question_answer I'm not receiving eCYBERMISSION emails.

Please check your spam/junk folder. Also, please add the following email addresses to your safe sender list:
  missioncontrol@ecybermission.com
  volunteerprogram@ecybermission.com
  volunteerprogram@ecybermission.info
  lgeorge@ecybermission.com
  lgeorge@ecybermission.info
  klasky@ecybermission.com
  klasky@ecybermission.info

question_answer What do I do if my government or school computer blocks my emails?

In your email account, add the following email addresses as a safe sender:
  missioncontrol@ecybermission.com
  volunteerprogram@ecybermission.com
  volunteerprogram@ecybermission.info
  lgeorge@ecybermission.com
  lgeorge@ecybermission.info
  klasky@ecybermission.com
  klasky@ecybermission.info
Alternatively, you can provide a different email address to volunteerprogram@ecybermission.com.

Volunteering

General

question_answer Can I volunteer in more than one opportunity?

Yes, a volunteer can serve in multiple opportunities. Ambassadors can be Team Advisors and/or CyberGuides. CyberGuides can be Ambassadors or Virtual Judges. Virtual Judges can be CyberGuides but cannot be Ambassadors or Team Advisors.

question_answer Can a Team Advisor also serve as a Virtual Judge?

No

question_answer Does eCYBERMISSION provide verification of service hours?

Volunteers can request a Letter of Appreciation by emailing eCYBERMISSION Volunteer Program Staff at volunteerprogram@ecybermission.com. All volunteers receive a Letter of Achievement upon the completion of the eCYBERMISSION competition year.

Volunteer Requirements

question_answer I don't have a background in STEM, can I still volunteer?

Yes, volunteers do not need a background in STEM to volunteer. Volunteers can have any background as long as they have a passion for supporting Students and an interest in STEM.

question_answer How old do I have to be to volunteer? Can I volunteer if I'm 18 and in High School?

Volunteers must be 18 or older and out of High School to volunteer.

question_answer What volunteer opportunities require a background check?

A satisfactory background check, conducted by eCYBERMISSION, is required as Ambassadors and CyberGuides interact directly with students. Background checks are not required for Virtual Judges as they do not have direct interaction with students.

question_answer Do I have to be a US citizen to volunteer?

A satisfactory background check, conducted by eCYBERMISSION, is required to volunteer as an Ambassador or CyberGuide. Ambassador and CyberGuide volunteers must have a US Social Security number (SSN) in order to volunteer in those positions. You do not need to be a US citizen to volunteer as a Virtual Judge.

Mission Folder Judging

General

question_answer How many Mission Folders would I need to judge as a Virtual Judge?

The number of folders we ask our Virtual Judge volunteers depends on the number of Virtual Judge volunteers and the number of Mission Folders submitted, however, on average the number is 10-15 folders. For Virtual Judges in college/university/vocational/technical schools, the number of Mission Folders is typically 5. However, Virtual Judge volunteers can judge as many folders as they would like.

question_answer How long does it take to judge a Mission Folder

It typically takes 30 to 40 minutes to judge one Mission Folder, however, it can take up to an hour as some Teams provide very detailed information about their projects.

question_answer Can I pick the Mission Folders I want to judge?

No, Mission Folders are assigned at random from the Mission Folder Judging Queue, 5 at a time. If you do not feel qualified to judge a specific folder you can submit it back to the Mission Folder Judging Queue for another Virtual Judge to score.

question_answer Are Mission Folders automatically assigned to me?

No, Mission Folders are not automatically assigned to you. In order to judge Mission Folders, login to your Virtual Judge account and click on "Mission Folder Judging Queue." Then click on "Assign Folder to Score." Folders are assigned at random. Once you score your assigned folder click "Submit Folder," and you can always assign yourself more folders to judge.

question_answer What if I don’t feel qualified to judge a specific Mission Folder?

If you do not feel qualified to judge a specific Mission Folder you can submit it back to the Mission Folder Judging Queue for another Virtual Judge to score.

question_answer Does judging Mission Folders count as service hours?

Yes, Virtual Judges can count 1 judged Mission Folder as 1 service hour.

question_answer How many Virtual Judges will review each Mission Folder?

A Mission Folder is reviewed, scored, and commented on by three Virtual Judges.

question_answer What happens to the Mission Folder after a team submits it?

The Mission Folder is randomly assigned to up to three Virtual Judges who will review the content of the Mission Folder, including any attachments or supporting web pages that are referenced. Virtual Judges enter a score for each of the three judging criteria, which combine for a total Mission Folder Score of up to 500 points.

At the end of the Virtual Judging Period, scores are tabulated for each team and those with the highest overall score (First-Place State Winners), the second highest overall score (Second-Place State Winners) are identified for each state and grade. To qualify as a winning team, the Mission Folder must receive a composite score of at least 300 and be validated. All 3rd place teams with a composite score of at least 300 will receive an Honorable Mention Award.

The top three scores in each grade in each region will advance to the Regional Judging event. The Regional Judging Panel will review and score these mission folders. The highest scoring team in each grade from each region will be named Regional Winner and will advance to the National Judging& Educational Event.

Scoring and Rubrics

question_answer Where can I find a copy of the Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design Rubrics?

You can view a copy of the Scientific Inquiry Rubric here and the Engineering Design Rubric here. Rubrics are also included in the Mission Folder that you judge.

question_answer How do I score a folder?

Once a folder is assigned to you, open the folder. You will see the Mission Folder questions and the rubric on the same screen. Use the rubric to assign scores to the Mission Folder sections. When you have finished scoring the folder, make sure to click "Submit Folder" in order to complete the process.