ThinkQuest Competition Motivates Students

In 2009, five students from the Dr. Máximo Donoso Sánchez School in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, named themselves Planet Keepers and began using the Oracle Education Foundation's ThinkQuest Projects learning platform. They conducted extensive research about environmental preservation and ultimately created a multimedia presentation addressing how to stop pollution in their oceanfront community. When they entered their project the Oracle Education Foundation's 2009 ThinkQuest International Competition, they received the top prize.

Winning earned the students a life-changing trip to Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, California. During the five-day awards experience, the Planet Keepers had the chance to meet other winning teams and interact with some of the world's top technology experts. Each student received a laptop computer to take home, and was honored on stage at a gala celebration. "I will treasure the ThinkQuest experience forever!" said Lyanne, a team member.

Winning the competition was just the beginning of the Planet Keepers campaign to protect the environment. Since being recognized by Oracle, the team has entered conservation-themed science fairs and hosted conferences to educate younger students about environmental issues. With an idea that started in a small oceanfront community, the Planet Keepers have evolved into a movement that is motivating and empowering students around the globe to protect our environment.