Oracle Press Release

Oracle Education Foundation Announces Winners of the 2009 Global ThinkQuest Competition

Students from 13 Countries Take Top Prizes for Mastery of 21st Century Skills

Redwood Shores, CA – June 16, 2009

News Facts

Students from 13 countries took top honors in the 2009 ThinkQuest Competition.
The ThinkQuest Competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), includes the following:
A Website Competition that challenges student teams to develop educational websites on topics of their choosing.
A Narrative Competition that challenges student teams to publish their ideas on topics of global importance using OEF’s ThinkQuest Projects platform.
Participating students develop critical 21st century skills, including teamwork, technology, and communication skills.
Qualifying entries are published in the ThinkQuest Library, the world’s largest online repository of student-developed learning projects.
Prizes for winning teams include laptop computers, digital cameras, school grants, and a trip to the awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area, depending on placement.

Website Winners

The 15 winning teams were selected from among 955 teams from 83 countries. Countries represented by winners include Australia, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Winning websites covered a range of educational topics, including child labor, global warming, and leadership skills for students.
Teams had approximately eight months to research and develop their websites. An international panel of volunteer judges reviewed the entries and selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners and Honorable Mentions within three age divisions.
The judges also selected one team to receive the “Global Perspectives Award,” which honors the team whose website best examines an important global topic from a diversity of viewpoints.
A full list of the winning websites can be viewed at here.

Narrative Winners

The six winning teams were selected from among 1,200 teams from 26 countries. Countries represented by winners include Brazil, India, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States.
Winning entries covered educational topics ranging from tourism in South Africa to environmental issues in Puerto Rico.
Teams had approximately four months to research their topics and publish their entries using OEF’s ThinkQuest Projects platform. An international panel of volunteer judges reviewed the entries and selected 1st and 2nd Place winners within three age divisions.
A full list of the winning entries can be viewed here.

Supporting Quotes

“The Oracle Education Foundation is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of all the students who participated in the ThinkQuest Competition,” said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “These students developed skills that are critical for success in the 21st century while producing outstanding educational resources that will benefit their peers globally.”
“ThinkQuest benefits not only the students who participate in the contest, but the wide audience of schools and individuals who access the wonderful student-developed resources in the ThinkQuest Library,” said Bonnie Marks, Executive Director, California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) Region 4 and ThinkQuest judge. “The contest provides children with a unique opportunity to develop resources that will be used to teach others—and does so in a way that compels them to examine important humanitarian issues.”

Supporting Resources

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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