BELLEVUE, WA, February 16, 2010 — DreamBox Learning, the award-winning, math educational software company, today announced the winner of its “Dream Big” video contest, which targeted families and elementary school classrooms. The “Dream Big” contest ran from October through November 2009 and prompted parents and teachers to submit videos of their children or students answering the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges from the KidsQuest Children’s Museum, which is an innovative hands-on museum in Bellevue, Washington, for children and families designed to engage kids from infancy to age ten. Valley Preparatory School in Redlands, California was awarded the grand prize of $1,000 for its video titled “When I Grow Up VPS Kindergarten 2009.” The top-rated production was chosen based on its creativity, featuring students artistically sharing why they wanted to be doctors, artists, teachers, and race car drivers — all dressing the part of their dream professions. All of the video contest winners can be found at http://www.dreambox.com/dreambigvideo.
“The “Dream Big” contest accomplished exactly what we set out to do — encourage kids to think about their future and what they will need to do educationally, particularly as it relates to math skills, to pursue and achieve their dreams,” said Lou Gray, CEO of DreamBox Learning. “The online, viral-based campaign was educational and entertaining, just like our DreamBox Learning K-2 Math games.”
In addition to the grand prize winner, there were five family entries chosen to win six-month subscriptions to DreamBox Learning K-2 Math. The video winners were titled: “Brenden the Magician,” “I Want to Be an Astronaut,” “Logan Wants to Be a Doctor,” “Paige Grows Up,” and “When I Grow Up I Will Be Good.” In addition, three classroom winners were awarded a free DreamBox Learning K-2 Math Classroom license for the remainder of the 2009/2010 school year. Those included The Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho, for their entry titled “TCS ES What We Want to Be”; Encompass in North Bend, Washington, for their musical video titled “2009 Dream Video”; and Juanita Elementary School in Kirkland, Washington for their entry “Juanita Elementary Math”.
DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington by world-class technologists, educators, interactive entertainment experts, and entrepreneurs who share a collective vision that every student should have access to an individually tailored, learning experience that is engaging, motivating, and effective. Backed by $7.1 million in angel funding, the company developed a web-based platform for creating effective and individualized online learning products and launched its first adventure-themed product for the home market called DreamBox Learning K-2 Math in early 2009. Both the home-based product and the school-based version, DreamBox Math Classroom, target young students in kindergarten through second grade and are designed to reinforce and teach real math through effective, individualized instruction in an engaging and fun manner. DreamBox Learning K-2 Math is based on NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) recommended math curriculum. More information can be found at http://www.dreambox.com/.