Software giant invites Filipino students to intl Web site tilt

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 08 2008 12:13 PM | Updated as of Oct 08 2008 08:13 PM

A foundation funded by a software giant is inviting Filipino students to participate in ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009.

Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), a non-profit organization funded by Oracle Corporation, in a statement said the competition is open to teams of students, ages 9-19.

The teams would participate by developing an educational website on topics of their choice. OEF said entries may use a variety of technologies and take a variety of creative forms. It said each team must be coached by a teacher or a school employee.

OEF said entries are due April 2, 2009. It also said that professional educators from around the world will judge all entries. The competition is open to students anywhere in the world.

OEF said prizes in the competition include laptop computers, digital cameras, school grants, and a trip to the awards event in San Francisco, USA.

ThinkQuest, which OEF described as a widely acclaimed education technology program delivered to K-12 schools globally. It said “ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop vital 21st century skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, self-direction, and technology skills.”

Entries that would qualify in the competition would be published in the ThinkQuest Library which is described as the world's largest online repository of student-developed learning projects and visited by millions of web learners each month. 
 
"Over 397,000 students in 60 countries benefit from Oracle Education Foundation programs," said Clare Dolan, Vice President of Oracle Corporate Citizenship, in the statement.
 
"Students who participate in the ThinkQuest Website Competition develop vital skills for life and work in the 21st century and become published web-authors in the ThinkQuest Library," added Dolan.
 
Interested students may visit ThinkQuest Web site for more information http://www.thinkquest.org/en/