It is one of several science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP).
Administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) challenged students in grades six through nine nationwide to develop solutions to real-world problems in their local communities.
Cecil County public schools swept the top two places in the eighth grade competition. North East Middle School's "The InKredibles" finished first.
In their project, "Network at North East Middle School", "The InKredibles" studied the network at NEMS during different times of the school day in collaboration with the Cecil County Public Schools Office of Technology.
They gathered information on how to improve the speed and delivery of the internet to students and staff with the initiative of Bring Your Own Device to school on the horizon at the middle school level.
"The InKredibles" also finished first as seventh graders.
Rising Sun Middle School's "Perspicacious Paws" team – Alex Trupkiewicz, Kalie Messner, and Connery Eddinger and advisor Mary Denver – placed second.
"Their project "Middle School Bullying" surveyed students at the school to determine how much and what type of bullying they were experiencing.
The "TripleJ&A" team is comprised of Abigail Toothe, John Byers, Jordan Morris, and Josephine Pileggi with advisor Laura Morris.
"TripleJ&A" completed a project on preventing food poisoning.
They tested the effectiveness in killing the bacteria on the surfaces of all the items tested, except the leafy, irregular surfaced vegetables.