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Needs and Requirements for Teacher Resources

Scoring and Feedback

Although I do like the idea of allowing groups to see their scores, I would like to see a new way of scoring developed. It should be a system where students/advisors can get true feedback. Having a range of 100 between scores is vague (300-400, 400-500, etc...) Can this be broken down into sections, where students/advisors can see strengths and weaknesses within the Mission Folders? If anything, it may help the advisor ...more »

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Needs and Requirements for Teacher Resources

Student Interaction - Idea Exchange

I believe that students in this rural area have good initial ideas for research projects but are limited due to their interaction/exposure to the broad worldly events. How may I safely get my students talking with other young scientist from around the country/world?

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Monitoring Time Management and Student Progress

Implement IRC or something similar

This was my first year as a cyber-guide volunteer. The one thing I noticed was that the forums were too slow for most of the teams. The youth of today tend to want instantaneous communication. I suggest implementing open chat rooms with the cyber-guides. Perhaps, each cyber-guide should be assigned a unique chat room. Whenever the cyber-guide was available this could be broadcasted. Or, maybe a chat room for each ...more »

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Needs and Requirements for Teacher Resources

Scoring Rubric Clarification

I told my students to have the scoring rubric open at all times while answering questions so they could best address the ideas the judges were looking for. (Can you tell I've had teaching to the test driven into me? :) ) We found many of the scoring rubric statements to be so nebulous that they were hard for my students (and me!) to figure out what the rubric meant. Some of the Mission Folder Questions (Next step for ...more »

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Innovative STEM Project Activities and Lesson Plans

eCYBERMISSION Animated Movie

An eCYBERMISSION interactive animated Movie could be created, detailing the “eCYBERMISSION Past, Present and Future”.

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Facilitating Curriculum Integration Through Partnerships

Train-the-Trainers

It would be great if eCYBERMISSION could host paid (via stipend) Summer “Train-the-Trainers” Seminars in Maryland and at local school (on-site).

 

Have selected Round Table Advisors tour the Country to promote meaningful partnership, increased registration and Industry and Academia involvement.

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Innovative STEM Project Activities and Lesson Plans

Using eCybermission Activities for Required Laboratory Hours

In leading a team of 9th graders, who are enrolled in Biology (Living Environment in New York State), I tried to incorporate in-class lab activities that could be used for State Mandated Lab hours. The students worked in the environment category. The tested the effect of various antacids on neutralizing the effects of "acid-rain" on plants. First they grew lettuce from a seed packet to generate plants for trials.We grew ...more »

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Monitoring Time Management and Student Progress

Small Incentives

I feel that while my other students that did not participate with eCybermission were excited for their team members, I don't really think they understood the importance or tangible significant of their colleagues participating in the virtual science fair in comparison to other years. In the previous years, my students were given eCybermission t-shirts where I would periodically tell them its eCybermission day. when ...more »

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Developing a Curriculum Integration Strategy

Push back from leadership about eCM integration

I would love to integrate eCM into my curriculum but my Principal is hesitant to allow me to do so. She has given me guidance to start an after-school program, but I really want to work with all of my students during class. Does anyone have any advice on how to convince my Principal to bring eCM into the classroom?

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Facilitating Curriculum Integration Through Partnerships

Seeking Local Research Partnerships

One of the main goals for the teams in our building is to keep the topics of research - truly local, country wide at most. How do the teams across our nation get local businesses and government agencies involved in research development?

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Innovative STEM Project Activities and Lesson Plans

What STEM activities do you recommend to help fuse w/ curric?

It seems like a lot of teachers here have vast experience with implementing eCYBERMISSION into their curriculum. Can you share any lesson plans or activites you've developed that have helped you in this process?

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Curriculum Integration Challenges

This years Challenges

I currently teach and advanced Science 7Th & 8th Grade curriculum I designed specifically for the school in NY. I had 6 ecybermission teams this year and I have four 7th grade classes. There were two classes which had two teams. It was challenging to have the students complete specific tasks on the mission folder, and still have them meet specific science standards that are needed for Science state exam testing. In ...more »

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