Four eighth graders from West Branch Middle School in West Branch, Iowa, received a first-place award in this year’s national eCYBERMISSION competition. With this award, each team member will receive a $3,000.00 U.S. EE Savings Bond, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army and an expenses paid trip to the National Judging and Education Event in Baltimore, Md., in June to present their final projects.
The students found their hypothesis to be correct, and they look forward to seeing how their community reaps the benefits of more confident and positive children in years to come. From the data collected, the Reading Doctors determined that they provided additional one-on-one support to 32 percent of the first graders who were below grade level, and certified staff provided individual attention to 10 percent of students. Results indicated that twice the amount of children who were proficient with sight words prior to the experiment were proficient at its completion. In addition, many of the children moved up a reading level and expressed a greater interest in reading during their free time.
To view a full list of the 2009-2010 eCYBERMISSION regional winning teams, click here.