Thursday, February 17, 2011

CyberGuides exceed expectations in the 2010-2011 competition

Every year, eCYBERMISSION CyberGuides provide online assistance and expertise to student teams. They provide guidance through the use of Discussion Forums and webinars to assist students with their Mission Folders. We had a handful of CyberGuides host multiple webinars for eCYBERMISSION students to help them with their research, hypothesis, experiments, data analysis and Mission Folder submission.

CyberGuides help to mold the young scientists of our nation by guiding them through their Mission Folders and answering their questions as they pertain to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the steps of the scientific method. eCYBERMISSION’s interactive, web-based format is easy to use and allows CyberGuides to communicate directly with participating students and Team Advisors.

“I am constantly amazed at the enthusiasm and curiosity the kids display,” said one CyberGuide. “This is easy for me to do in my spare time and very rewarding.”

This competition year there are more CyberGuides volunteering for eCYBERMISSION than any other year. By participating in Private Chat Rooms with teams, many of our CyberGuides went beyond what is asked of them to help assist students with their projects. This created an opportunity for teams to meet with CyberGuides one-on-one and ask questions about their Mission Folder. We are hoping to see an increase in Mission Folder submission due to CyberGuide’s increased efforts.

With the submission deadline approaching, the CyberGuide role will become even more important as teams are finalizing their Mission Folders. The Mission Folder submission deadline has been extended to March 3, which will give our CyberGuides an extra week to help assist students with their projects.

Thank you to all of the Volunteers that have helped to make this competition year so spectacular.

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