Cooper Weissman, Colin Synder, and Nathan Neugebauer

Category : Awards

Paradise Valley High CREST HSC Students Advance to National 2020 eCYBERMISSION Event

Thursday , May 14 , 2020

Cooper Weissman, Colin Synder, and Nathan Neugebauer

Congratulations to Paradise Valley High School’s Team Coloopate – Cooper Weissman, Colin Synder, and Nathan Neugebauer, Center for Research, Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) Honors STEM Collaborative students, who were named one of five national finalists in the eCYBERMISSION online STEM competition. 

As winners of the annual eCYBERMISSION competition, they each received $4,000 in saving bonds. Team Coloopate also received a $5,000 STEM-in-Action Grant from the Army Corps of Engineers to bring their project to the community. They will use the grant to develop a temperature blanket used to wake up teenagers in a good mood with higher serotonin levels. 

Michelle Cannon, a CREST- Computer Science teacher explains, “As their STEM teacher, I am extremely proud of this team who faced many obstacles along the way. Their prototype did not work as planned and they had to keep going back to the drawing board and revamping their idea. We talk about the design process all semester and this team was a prime example of the iterative process and ultimately had science backing their idea. I am excited for the opportunity they will have with the Army Corp of Engineers as mentors to build a working prototype that ultimately might help teenagers wake up in a better mood. I am honored to mentor such a great group of gentlemen along with the support of all of the CREST teachers and look forward to seeing what their next steps will be.” 

Team Coloopate and their advisor, Cannon, will attend the 2020 eCYBERMISSION National Judging & Educational Event (NJ&EE) virtually June 17-19.

“To prepare for the 2020 eCYBERMISSION NJ&EE, Cooper, Colin, and Nathan will work with mentors from the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program on how to bring their project to a community solution from May 28  to June 16 and prepare a video presentation to be aired and judged on June 17. I am so proud to stand with this group at the National event in June! They will be eligible for a People's Choice Award and present live, so when we receive the link they would love the community to support and vote for them,” said Cannon.

Each year, the CREST program Honors STEM Collaborative course tasked 9th-grade students to find a problem, complete research to validate the problem, and then design an experiment or product to solve that problem. Students extensively tested the solutions, analyzed the results, created a final report, and presentation to describe their work. Students in the STEM Collaborative course submitted their projects to eCYBERMISSION.

The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program sponsors the annual eCYBERMISSION competition, which focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives. 

PVSchools wishes Cooper, Colin, and Nathan the best of luck at the virtual 2020 eCYBERMISSION NJ&EE.