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Young Latinas Win Army STEM Competition

First Team From Puerto is a National Winner


The “Las Chicas de Puerto Rico” team reacts when they win a national prize. From left, Bria Roettger, Janat Khan, Janeliz Guzman Acevedo and Luz Figueroa-Rodriguez. (Photo Credit: Mr. Conrad Johnson (RDECOM)

A team of sixth grade girls, who call themselves “Las Chicas de Puerto Rico,” won their division’s national award in the annual eCYBERMISSION National Judging and Educational Event. It was the first time a Commonwealth of Puerto team entered the competition.

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This year, 5,768 teams and 23,323 students from 52 states and territories vied for eCYBERMISSION honors.

The members of Las Chicas de Puerto Rico, Army.mil reports, were Bria Roettger, Janat Khan, Janeliz Guzman Acevedo and Luz Figueroa-Rodriguez. View Winning Mission Folder.

They eCYBERMISSION says “Investigated the effects of the Saharan dust levels on local respiratory issues and how to create an effective warning system for people who suffer from asthma in Puerto Rico.”

Another winning team


The 9th grade national winners,”Myto-Critters,” from Taos Middle/High School, Taos, New Mexico. The team members were Sierra Ferguson, Ashley Martinez and Zachary Ginn. View Winning Mission Folder

They investigated the impact of antibiotics on mitochondrial function and health in comparison to natural antibiotics.

The winning teams, says Army.mil, are “the nation’s best entries in a year-long, web-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition that is free to students in grades six through nine.


The eCYBERMISSION is one of several STEM initiatives offered by the US Army Educational Outreach Program. Since 2012, the National Science Teachers Association has partnered with the Army Educational Outreach Program to administer eCYBERMISSION.

The judging panel consisted of U.S. Army scientists and engineers from the U.S. Army Research, the Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), the Army Corps of Engineers, the Army Medical Command, the Army Test and Evaluation Command and the U. S. Military Academy.

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