The initiative 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 communication, teamwork, and technology skills.
The Field Museum will use ThinkQuest to create 20 online learning projects focused on museum exhibits. The projects are expected to engage over 3,000 students in the Chicago Public Schools system and schools in Iowa, Indiana, and Texas over the next year.
OEF and The Field Museum will also work together to train 120 teachers on how to integrate ThinkQuest and project learning into their curricula.
ThinkQuest currently supports 405,000 students and teachers in 43 countries.
“The Oracle Education Foundation is proud to partner with The Field Museum,” said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “By providing students with access to ThinkQuest, we give them space to collaborate on exciting projects related to the museum’s world-class exhibits.”
“The Field Museum is excited to enter into this partnership with the Oracle Education Foundation. Our scientists conduct research throughout the world, and now our educators will have a wonderful opportunity to engage students throughout the world,” said Andy Hershberger, student program manager at The Field Museum.
The Field Museum's mission is to educate the public about the earth and its people. Central to the Museum’s success is our history of creating pioneering education programs that complement our exhibitions, facilitate unparalleled public access to our resources, and make the Museum an extension of Chicago’s education system. Our goal is to present the latest scientific thinking in an easily accessible manner that expands our visitors’ perceptions of themselves, their communities, and their world, while encouraging respect and understanding among all people.
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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