Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spotlight on the Sixth Grade, Southwest Region, First Place Team; snickerdoodles

Team Name: snickerdoodles
Region: Southwest/Pacific
Grade: 6
School: Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences
City, State: Lawton, Oklahoma
Team Advisor: Kay Johnson
Students: Fabiha Azim, Nathan Livingston, Rahul Sodam, Austin Wiley
Mission Challenge: Food, Health & Fitness

Team “snickerdoodles” was recognized by judges for investigating the excess consumption of sugar in the diets of third through sixth grade students at their school, and then attempting to curb the excess consumption through an informational campaign aimed at parents. The team calculated the average amount of sugar that these students were consuming each day and discovered that the amounts were above the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended dietary intake. After analyzing the results, team “snickerdoodles” hypothesized that if it informed the parents of the students in its school of the negative side effects of consuming excess amounts of sugar, then parents would try to change their children’s eating habits. They discovered that after being exposed to an informational flyer and a PowerPoint presentation about the link between excess sugar consumption and obesity, a strong majority of parents indicated that they would attempt to reduce the amount of sugar in their children’s diets.

Each student on "snickerdoodles" has won $1,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army, and an expenses-paid trip to the National Judging and Educational Event in Washington D.C. in June to present their final projects and compete for an additional $5,000.00 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds.

To view the full list of the 2010-2011 eCYBERMISSION state and regional winning teams, click here.

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