The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle and staffed by Oracle employees. OEF’s board of directors is chaired by Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Its mission is to help young people develop the technical acumen, creative confidence, empathy, and grit to become outstanding designers of solutions to people’s needs and the world’s problems.
d.tech students innovate at Oracle OpenWorld.
In OEF’s program, Oracle Volunteers coach students through multiday workshops on the intersection of design thinking and STEAM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Students learn coding, electrical engineering, and user-centered design from real practitioners, and then apply their skills and knowledge to prototyping solutions in domains such as wearable technology, Internet of Things, data visualization, facility automation, 3-D design, and experiential game design.
Coaching students through these 30-hour workshops—and learning and problem-solving alongside them—gives Oracle Volunteers a deep sense of purpose. Educational interaction with some of Silicon Valley’s best technologists and business professionals gives students access to tremendous human capital.
On August 12, 2016, Oracle broke ground for the construction of a new home for d.tech at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, California.
Twenty-two ninth-grade girls participated in OEF’s first wearable technology workshop. Hear what the d.tech students and Oracle Volunteer coaches have to say about the experience.
On November 7, 2016, OEF invited d.tech students and faculty to join Oracle and its entire facility team for a steel-signing ceremony to commemorate the construction of d.tech at Oracle.
From “gorillas in the mist” to “gorillas in the cloud,” Oracle now brings Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund data into the classroom. In OEF’s Data Visualization workshop, d.tech students extract knowledge from data.
d.tech students Whitney and Jadene start a three-year internship with OEF, working with coaches and coaching their peers in OEF workshops on coding, engineering, and user-centered design.
Oracle Volunteers share what they love most about coaching Design Tech High School students in the Oracle Education Foundation’s program.
Oracle, d.tech, and DES codesign a school facility.
OEF has been developing and piloting its new program with Design Tech High School (d.tech), a California public charter school that opened in 2014. The d.tech model emphasizes extreme personalization and putting knowledge into action. The school’s mission is to develop students who believe that the world can be a better place and that they can be the ones to make it happen. This mission relies on building optimism and self-efficacy. To that end, students are taught to solve real-world problems using a design-thinking approach similar to that taught at the Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school).
Oracle and OEF see such enormous potential in d.tech’s pioneering model that, in October 2015, Oracle announced plans to construct the school a home—a 64,000-square-foot, LEED-certified, bespoke facility on the company’s headquarters campus. When it takes occupancy in 2018 with 550 students and 30 staff, d.tech will be the only public high school in the US to be located on a tech company’s campus, while remaining fully autonomous.
At Oracle OpenWorld 2016, d.tech students demo their prototypes for Oracle CEO Safra Catz.
Students build their prototypes at OEF’s soldering station.
Several d.tech students collaborate on a project in OEF’s data visualization workshop.
A d.tech student engages with an Oracle Volunteer coach in the 3-D design workshop.
Students and parents celebrate the groundbreaking of d.tech’s new home on Oracle’s campus.
Students sign a steel beam to commemorate their role in helping design the new d.tech facility at Oracle.