Copper Ridge students win eCYBERMISSION STEM competition

A view of Copper Ridge Elementary School, which is a part of the Scottsdale Unified School District. (Submitted photo)

A view of Copper Ridge Elementary School, which is a part of the Scottsdale Unified School District. (Submitted photo)

The U.S. Army has announced that the sixth grade team, the Wizards from Copper Ridge School, have been named the state winner in the 14th annual eCYBERMISSION competition.

The competition is one of several science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives of the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program, a web-based contest sponsored by the U.S. Army, and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, according to a press release.

eCYBERMISSION challenges students in grades six through nine to develop solutions for real-world problems in their communities.

The Wizards worked with their team advisor to create a new type of speed bump that has two humps in order to reduce speeding in school parking lots and neighborhoods.

Also, a second Copper Ridge team, the Demelectrons, was awarded honorable mention in the eCYBERMISSION competition. Last year, two eighth grade student teams won first-and second-place in the eCYBERMISSION competition, the release states.

“We are proud of our students and their accomplishments,” said Michelle Otstot, principal of Copper Ridge, in a prepared statement.

Copper Ridge is a Pre-K through eighth grade school in the Scottsdale Unified School District. The school promotes STEM teaching and learning strategies and is one of 12 Arizona schools to be selected as an APS STEM-Focus school of the future.

Additionally, Copper Ridge has a partnership with Northern Arizona University allowing teachers access to professional development training in effective STEM teaching and learning strategies.

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