2009-2010 eCYBERMISSION Registration Now Open!
Registration for the eighth annual eCYBERMISSION competition is underway at
eCYBERMISSION is a FREE, web-based, science, math and technology competition for students in grades six through nine. The competition introduces students to the scientific method as they work in teams to solve a problem in their community, and illustrates how science, math and technology apply to everyday life. Every student and Team Advisor who participates in eCYBERMISSION will receive various gifts during the Registration and Submission phases, while students on winning teams will receive between $2,000 and $8,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds. There are 96 winning teams every year, and the 16 first-place winning teams are invited to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national competition.
Become a part of the eCYBERMISSION online community and follow Mission Control in real time throughout the competition on our social media sites. We look forward to getting to know you better and hearing about your eCYBERMISSION ideas and experiences through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and our blog. Check us out and let us know what you think about the competition and how you’re experiencing science, math and technology in your world!

Do your children enjoy expressing their ideas in creative ways? Are they great with dance choreography, film production, writing stories, art, photography or music? Well, this is their time to shine in the PTA-sponsored Reflections contest.

Ask your children if they are interested in showing their talents in Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Visual Arts, Photography, or Musical Composition! This year's theme is "Beauty is . . . .". All entries are due by Friday, November 6th and can be turned in at the main office. Forms & guidelines are available at the office if you need them or via the PTA website. So get those creative juices flowing and have the students start working on the their entries! We can't wait to see what they think "Beauty is!"

Battling Vibro Bots!!!
The Challenge Question:

Can scientists and engineers be creative or is creativity only for artists?
How does creativity play a part in space exploration?
In our hands-on segment we'll see if we can create an army of battling vibro-bots with just some pager motors, watch batteries, soldering irons, hot glue and a pile of miscellaneous junk!

The 2009-2010 Season of Federation of Galaxy Explorers (FOGE) has arrived!
The first session will be on Saturday October 10, 2009 at 2PM ET.
Please RSVP to:

Ronnie Allan
Product Marketing Manager
Analytical Graphics, Inc.
610-981-8182 (w)

Until then, a few things to note…

1) Schedule for 2009-2010
a. We’ll meet the second Saturday of every month between October and May (except December) for our hands-on educational sessions at AGI headquarters in Exton, PA
b. Sessions are two hours, typically starting at 4PM (*but the season opener will start at 2PM*).
c. Some activities this year:
i. Model rocket launch in the spring
ii. “star party” and “satellite-tracking party” in the fall
iii. Visit from the Downingtown High School Robotics Team
d. Sneak peek of Season Opener topic:
i. Can scientists and engineers be creative or is creativity only for artists? How is creativity a driving force in space exploration? In our hands-on segment we'll create an army of battling vibro-bots with just some pager motors, watch batteries, soldering irons, hot glue and a pile of miscellaneous junk!
2) Volunteers
a. We’ve beefed up our volunteer staff with some new young bright-eyed aerospace engineers, so expect some new, thrilling topics!
b. If you’re interested in getting involved, or know of someone who may be interested in helping (e.g. an inspiring, animated science teacher), let us know. (And don’t forget to spread the word with any families who may benefit from the program)!
3) Dues
a. For all members who attend the opening session, ITAG ( has graciously agreed to sponsor your $20/student dues!! Thanks to ITAG for their generous support.
4) Website -
a. The site has lots of great information about our organization, links to information about space, educational video games, and more!

scholastic_press_coprs.gifThe Scholastic Kids Press Corps (news for kids, by kids) is looking for new members from all around the country! Do you have students who you think would make good reporters, have a natural curiosity, like to write and share stories, can take direction, meet deadlines and most of all, have fun covering their community and newsmakers in your town? If the answer is yes, please encourage your students to go to the Kids Press Corps site and see the stories and blogs the Kid Reporters have been posting since the new site launched in August. Kid Reporters have interviewed Secretary Duncan, covered President Obama’s speech to high school kids in Virginia, reported on tween star Miranda Cosgrove, worked the red carpet, reviewed books and interviewed authors, and more!

Time is running out…applications need to be in by October 5th. Click here to see how to apply. If you have any questions about the program, feel free to email me at I look forward to receiving applications from your budding journalists.

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge- Sixth Graders Only

The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have partnered on this unprecedented initiative to educate, empower and engage students, teachers and communities to become “Agents of Change” in improving their community. Student teams from sixth through eighth grade, under the mentorship of a teacher or adult supervisor, can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge at
Teams of two to three students will identify an environmental issue in their community, research the issue using scientific investigation, and create a replicable green solution using web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education. The mentors of the first 100 teams to register and complete a project for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge will receive an award-winning Planet Earth series DVD set. Submissions from middle school students will be accepted through March 15, 2009. The initiative expands to elementary schools in 2009 and to high schools in 2010.
This is just the tip of the iceberg here. Get yourself involved early and help your students Change The World!

BKFK Invent a Game Challenge

Are you passionate about games? Invent a Game Challenge is looking for innovative, quirky and ground breaking ideas for online games. You don't need technical or illustrative skills to enter, all entries are expected to be entirely conceptual. The winning game will be produced by EA and will be rewarded with $10,000 Face Value U.S. Savings Bond. Send in your great ideas today! Deadline: March 31, 2009, Noon (ET).