The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) has announced ninth graders George Gillen of the Jefferson Township High School Environmental Science Academy, Jefferson, New Jersey, and Dillon Fleksher and Ryan Winters of Kinnelon High School, Kinnelon, New Jersey as first place state winners in the 18th annual eCYBERMISSION competition, one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).

eCYBERMISSION, administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based competition for students in grades six through nine. Students are challenged to work in teams of 3-4 to identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or the engineering design process to develop a solution. Student prizes for each grade level are awarded at the state, regional, and national levels.

The ninth grade team, called the “Ham Horns,” worked together on the competition as an extracurricular project with Jemi Gillen-Ruth, Team Advisor, to research and demonstrate how 3D crosswalks improve pedestrian safety in their community.

“The team found a creative way to address the need for better pedestrian safety,” Gillen-Ruth said.

In the process, the students installed the first mirror image 3D crosswalk in the United States, which is also the first 3D crosswalk in New Jersey, with the help of V&V Line Striping of Boonton, New Jersey. The teams submitted its Mission Folder—the official write-up of the project— through the eCYBERMISSION website to be evaluated and scored by volunteer virtual judges.

First-place state winning teams received $1,000 per student team member in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

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