Oracle Kicks Off 'ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009'


The Oracle Education Foundation has launched the "ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009," a program that calls on teams of students and teachers to develop educational Web sites while demonstrating 21st century skills.

This year's ThinkQuest competition challenges students and coaches to develop an educational Web site on any topic. According to ThinkQuest guidelines, "Website entries may utilize a variety of technologies and take a variety of creative forms." The contest is open to students aged 9 to 19 from anywhere in the world. Teams must be coached by a teacher or school employee. Entries will be judged by a team of educators, and winners will receive a range of prizes that include laptops, digital cameras, and school grants, among other prizes.

"The ThinkQuest Website Competition provides young people with an outstanding opportunity to exercise 21st century skills and showcase their work globally," said Annette Harris, coach of a winning team in last year's competition, in a prepared statement released by Oracle. "It is very exciting to see students shift from being consumers of information to becoming producers of information. Their application of cutting edge technology, creativity and determination is inspirational."

The deadline for submissions for the 2009 competition is April 2.

Further information about the 2009 ThinkQuest competition, including enrollment and prize details, can be found here.

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