DC Virgo rewarded for video game high scores

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW's Watson School of Education threw students at DC Virgo Middle School a pizza party Tuesday for earning the highest average score in educational video games.

DC Virgo was one of four New Hanover County middle schools that participated in a research study looking at the effects of educational video games on student mathematical achievements.

DC Virgo student Joshua Rogers won a Nintendo DS game console for earning the overall highest individual score with 2,676,407 points in just over 15 hours of game play.

UNCW researchers offered the pizza party and game console incentives as a way to keep the students interested in playing the games while they accumulated the data needed to measure the games' effectiveness.

The team used Tabula Digita's DimensionM standards base education game on a sample of 497 students from four middle schools.

A research report is expected to be complete by the end of June.

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