Back, from L to R: William Fugate, Ashley Klein (eCybermission school sponsor and StR Teacher), Lillian Boggan, Carrington Fowler and Jennifer David (Principal). Front: Andrew Doherty. Image: St. Richard Catholic School

Special to Find It In Fondren®

The U.S. Army announced that St. Richard Catholic School’s 6th-grade team has won top honors in the state eCYBERMISSION competition, which will send them to the nationals in Washington, D.C. this summer. 

Team Squeegee Feast won the state and then regional levels of the eCYBERMISSION competition – a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative offered by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).

The St. Richard students built “The Squage,” a working robot, to clean tables and floors in their school cafeteria.

“These kids came in after school, on weekends and during the holidays to brainstorm, problem-solve and perfect their robot,” said St. Richard Catholic School Principal Jennifer David. “We are so proud of all the work they put into it and thankful to have such dedicated team leaders in Ashley and Allan Klein, who volunteer to lead this project every year.”

Students compete on state, regional, and national levels for monetary awards, with national winning teams receiving up to $9,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

So far, Team Squeegee Feast has won $16,000 in savings bonds – $4,000 for each student. All 20 regional winning teams move on to compete as national finalists at the National Judging and Education Event (NJ&EE). National finalists also receive $2,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity. NJ&EE is an all-expenses-paid trip taking place June 17-22, 2018 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition that is free to students and designed to help build their interest and knowledge in STEM. Students in grades six through nine are challenged with developing a solution to a real-world problem in their local community.

Saint Richard Catholic School is dedicated to providing academic excellence for all students as well as instilling a reverence for God, a respect for all life, and a commitment to serve others in a safe, Catholic environment.www.saintrichardschool.org

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