Oracle Press Release

Oracle Education Foundation Announces Winners of the ThinkQuest Competition 2012

114 Students from 12 Countries Take Top Honors for Showcasing 21st Century Skills

Redwood Shores, CA – July 30, 2012

News Facts

The Oracle Education Foundation congratulates the more than 51,000 participants from 59 countries who tested their skills on a global stage in the ThinkQuest Competition 2012.
The global competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), challenges students to solve a real problem using their critical thinking, communication and technology skills.
Participants presented solutions using a variety of technologies, including interactive applications, online games, websites, photo essays, online journals/blogs, animations, and videos.
Prizes for the winners include laptop computers, school grants, and a trip to ThinkQuest Live, the inspirational awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Competition Winners

The 24 winning teams were selected from among 5,624 teams. Countries represented by winners include China, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
In addition, this year’s contest recognized the top 10 schools for their overall participation. These schools hailed from India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Romania, and Singapore. A full list is available at www.thinkquest.org.
Winning entries addressed a range of issues including online security, recycling, sustainability, saving energy, violence, fear, world hunger and water purification.
Teams had approximately eight months to define a problem and present a solution using technology. An international panel of volunteer judges reviewed the entries and selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within three age divisions for each event.
A full list of the winning entries can be viewed at www.thinkquest.org.

Supporting Quotes

“The Oracle Education Foundation is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of the students who participated in this year’s competition,” said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “The ThinkQuest Competition helps students develop skills that are required for life and work in the 21st century. It is great to see how competitions like this can help awaken students’ interest in technology.”

Supporting Resources

About the Oracle Education Foundation

The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, an online learning platform that helps students develop important 21st century skills, including communication, critical thinking, and technology skills. ThinkQuest includes a project environment that supports collaborative learning; technology competitions that challenge students to solve real problems; the award winning ThinkQuest Library, a learning resource visited by millions; and professional development for educators. ThinkQuest supports over 590,000 students in 58 countries. To learn more, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org.

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