Here is your mission, if you choose to accept it.

The Army Educational Outreach Program hosted its annual eCybermission competition and announced the winners at the National Judging and Educational Event awards luncheon on Friday, chosen from more than 7,000 teams that entered the competition.

Teams of 6th- through 9th-grade students chose a mission challenge to research, test, and solve. The Web-based competition provided students an opportunity to dive into real-life science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) problems.

“The national winners represent an outstanding group of students whose remarkable projects not only demonstrate an advanced aptitude in STEM, but also serve as an inspirational reminder of the ingenuity that comes from igniting students’ natural curiosity,” said David Evans, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association.

The 2015-16 national winning teams are:

  • Sixth grade: Las Chicas de Puerto Rico, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The team investigated the effects of Saharan dust levels on local respiratory issues and how to create an effective warning system for people who suffer from asthma in Puerto Rico.
  • Seventh grade: Silver Bullet, Whiteface, Texas. This team searched for cost-effective solutions for healing wounds in a world with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Colloidal silver was identified as the material with the greatest ability to fight bacteria.
  • Eighth grade: Artemis, Frisco, Texas. The team of 8th graders developed a new safety device for the hearing impaired to notify a user of danger. They created SMS text alerts and a vibrating response for a wearable device.
  • Ninth grade: Myto-Critters, Taos, N.M. This team examined the impact of antibiotics on mitochondrial function and health in comparison to natural antibiotics. The research indicated natural antibiotics could be better for improving health.
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