UNCW and NCAT Students Contest Finalists for Innovation Prize; Vote Online

UNCW's Digital Storytelling Project, a collaboration with Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington, is designed to re-engage at-risk students in academic studies through the use of technology and storytelling skills.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

A group of students from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and NC A&T University are finalists in the Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation competition, sponsored by NC State University.

This year's competition challenges college and high school students to develop an innovative idea to increase North Carolina's high school graduation rate. Chandra Roughton, a student in UNCW's Masters' of Instructional Technology program, Jessica Byrd, a UNCW undergraduate education major, and Lillian Barfield, an undergraduate engineering major at NCAT, submitted an idea based on an intensive digital storytelling summer program at UNCW's Watson School of Education. The program brings together middle grades storytellers form the local community and pairs them with community leaders and college student mentors.

The goal of the Wilmington Community Digital Storytelling Collaboration is to use emerging technologies such as iPads and digital cameras, along with the process of telling their own stories, to re-engage at-risk students in academic studies. The project was developed by UNCW students and faculty in collaboration with Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington.

A $5,000 grand prize will be awarded to one group in each age category based on online votes. If the UNCW-NCAT team wins the college prize, their award will be used to continue the summer program for students in the New Hanover County Schools at risk for dropping out of school. To vote, click the link below and scroll down the page and to view and vote for the college finalists.


Online voting runs through Monday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. One vote is allowed per email address. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Media contact:
Dana Fischetti, media relations manager, 910.508.3127 or fischettid@uncw.edu