Oracle Education Foundation Partners with Stamford Achieves to Launch Innovative Cyberjournalism Project for Students
Students Will Use ThinkQuest to Connect with NASA Scientists and Astronauts
Redwood Shores, CA – December 3, 2008
The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) has partnered with Stamford Achieves to launch an innovative project entitled “Global NetGeneration of Youth Investigating the Careers of NASA International Space Station Leaders” (NGY-NASA ISS).
The project will leverage ThinkQuest, OEF’s online learning platform. ThinkQuest enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curricula and students to develop critical 21st century skills, including creativity, communication, teamwork, and technology skills.
As part of the project, students and teachers from three high schools in the U.S. and Canada will use ThinkQuest to establish a learning community that integrates NASA resources into the classroom.
Students will also use ThinkQuest to connect and form multinational teams of cyberjournalists, who will interview and investigate the careers of NASA scientists, engineers, and astronauts. Teams will use ThinkQuest’s online publishing tools to create multimedia content, including articles, photo essays, presentations, and videos.
Participating schools include the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, Connecticut; Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High in Los Angeles, California; and Sir Winston Churchill High School in Calgary, Canada.
OEF formed a partnership with Stamford Achieves in 2008 based on their shared mission to help prepare students for life and work in the 21st century.
“The Oracle Education Foundation is proud to partner with Stamford Achieves to support this innovative project,” said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “By providing students with access to ThinkQuest, we help them to develop the 21st century skills and technology expertise needed in today’s global workplace.”
"This project offers educators a Community of Practice to share learning experiences and enables students to collaborate with peers and inspiring NASA role models," said Dr. Ronnie B. Lowenstein, Executive Director, NetGeneration of Youth. "ThinkQuest enables youth to practice applying the 21st century global competencies they need to invent the future."
“Stamford Achieves embraces the partnership with OEF as part of a community-wide strategy to empower educators and to ensure that all students are inspired to achieve academically and pursue career paths of success, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),” said Duane Hill, Vice Chairman of Stamford Achieves.
Stamford Achieves, Inc is a community based nonprofit organization in Stamford, Connecticut that is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by serving as an advocate and partner with school district leadership in identifying concepts and best practice programs that have proven success.
About NetGeneration of Youth
NetGeneration of Youth (NGY) is an inquiry- and project-based learning initiative that is designed to expand the capacity of youth as leaders in the 21st century. Launched in 1999 to foster digital empowerment of traditionally underserved populations, NGY has affiliated with school and out-of-school programs throughout the United States and overseas that are dedicated to cultivating media literacy, civic engagement and youth expression
About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, a widely acclaimed education technology program, to K-12 schools globally. ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills. For more information, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org.
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