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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The deadline to register for a U.S.-Army sponsored online science fair for students in sixth through ninth grades is Dec. 16, according to information from Army officials.

eCYBERMISSION is a free, web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition open to students in U.S. school-based public, private or home school, or a Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) school abroad.

Students on winning teams can earn up to $8,000 apiece in a U.S. Savings Bond, to be used toward a college education, according to the Army.

The competition, in its 10th year, is designed to encourage students to use scientific principles to solve problems in their community. For one recent winning project, students conducted experiments on multiple materials for possible use in sports helmets, in an effort to find a material that decreases the prevalence of concussions and other head injuries.

Sixteen first-place winning regional teams will be invited to attend the National Judging and Educational Event in Washington D.C., next year, according to an Army news release.

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