GPS Students Participate In CyberMission Competition

Monday, May 06, 2013
A team of three freshmen from GPS placed second in the state eCyberMission competition.
A team of three freshmen from GPS placed second in the state eCyberMission competition.

A team of three freshmen from GPS placed second in the state eCyberMission competition. For their success in the U.S. Army-sponsored event, Allyce Buniak, Gabrielle Hughes and Darrah Dunagan will each receive $500 savings bonds.

eCyberMission is a web-based STEM competition for 6th-9th grade teams with the goal to challenge students “to explore how science, technology, engineering and mathematics work in their world.” The teams are given the mission to propose a solution to a real world problem in their communities.  

Administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the competition promotes teamwork, creativity and problem solving as a way to encourage students in grades six through nine to become more involved in STEM education.

The GPS team’s project centered on the issue of obesity, and the problem and solution involved a way to “encourage people to participate in extra physical activity and be healthier.” Their hypothesis was, “If athletes participate in after-school sports, then their percent change in heart rate before and after aerobic exercise will be lower than for those who do not participate in sports.” Measuring students’ heart rates before and after a two-minute stair climb guided their hypothesis.

New Communications Arts Building Nearing Completion At Lee University

Main Street Cleveland members got a preview tour of Lee University's nearly-finished Communications Arts Building Monday. "We wanted it to look great all the way around," Dr. Jerome Hammond, vice president for university relations, told those touring the 41,000 square foot building. The structure will be a prominent part of downtown. One foyer opens onto the Ocoee St. and Central ... (click for more)

UTC College Of Business Hosts Veterans Entrepreneurship Program

For the third consecutive year, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program is offering free training and mentoring in entrepreneurship and small business management to our nation’s disabled and service distinguished veterans.   Participants in this year’s VEP are attending an eight-day boot camp at UTC through Saturday, July ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Cell Phones And Roundabouts

I read the article written by Chris Morgan about the use of cell phones in vehicles and the Chattanooga Roundabouts. Cell phone use in vehicles especially in crisis intersection situations is extremely dangerous. I also agree with his assessment about the roundabouts. One problem I see with roundabouts is that on the two-lane roundabouts where they are coming in from ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)