experiment 4Throughout this past semester, middle school science teacher Maire Schultz has been working with six middle school girls to participate in a mission sent out by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. This free competition is put out each year, challenging small teams of 6th– 9th grade students working with an advisor to use science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics to solve a real problem in the community.

Mrs. Schultz and the six LFLA sixth-grade girls have diligently been working on an experiment that looks at an oil-absorbing polymer to see how well it works on different types of oils, including gasoline, diesel, motor oil and vegetable oil. They are meeting every day after school to complete their mission folder, where they present their preliminary research, hypothesis, experimentation methods, results and conclusion.

experiment 35The mission folders were turned into the Army Educational Outreach Program on March 2, and after a month of judging, teams will be notified on April 1 if they have been chosen as a State Winner or Regional Finalist. Teams will be judged on how well they apply scientific inquiry to measureable practices, how beneficial their project is to the community and how well they collaborated as a team. Based on how well our students do in the competition, they could win anywhere between a $500 and $5,000 saving bond per student.

However, we are proud of these four students regardless of the results. They have put a tremendous amount of time and effort into their project, and we are so happy that they are positively representing intelligent female voices in the scientific community!

If you would like to learn more about the Army Educational Outreach Program’s eCybermission, visit their website at www.ecybermission.com.