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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Oracle ThinkQuest Competition 2012: Malaysian Team wins Trip to San Francisco!

Oracle, the world leading IT solution provider for information management, today proudly announces three Malaysian teams’ win at its recent ThinkQuest competition 2012.

One of the Malaysian teams – made up of three primary students, won an exclusive trip to attend ThinkQuest Live, an inspirational awards event which is to be held at San Francisco Bay Area.

ThinkQuest Competition

The Oracle ThinkQuest Competition is a global competition sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF) which aims to challenge students to solve a real problem using their critical thinking, communication and technology skills.;

Competing teams were given approximately eight months to define a problem and present their solution using a variety of technologies – including interactive applications, online games, websites, photo essays, online journals/blogs, animations, and videos.

An international panel of volunteer judges reviewed the entries and selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within three age divisions for each event.

The winning teams were selected from among 5,624 teams. Countries represented by winners include Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Great Britain, Greece, India, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

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.

This year, the Oracle Thinkquest competition saw more than 51,000 participants from 59 countries taking part.

Managing Director of Oracle Corporation Malaysia, Jimmy Cheah says, “We are honored to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Malaysia students who participated in this year’s competition.”

Outstanding Local Performances

Malaysia garnered two wins from the ThinkQuest Projects Category, a 2nd place in the ’12 and under’ division, 3rd place in the ‘19 and under’ division, and a 3rd place win from the ‘Application Development’ category.

The 2nd place winning team for the ’12 and under’ division, formed by Ainina, Liyana, and Farah from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Jasin Malacca for their entry “Entrepreneurial Kids”.

Team coach En. Hasan Haniff of SK Jasin Malacca shares that the team created a project to raise children’s interest in setting up their own businesses. “The ‘Entrepreneurial Kids’ team created a simple but realistic business plan and shared it through an online workshop to teach other students how to start their own business and share what they had learned.”

The 3rd place win under the ThinkQuest Projects Category was by Sekolah Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang with the participation of Jiji, Lene, Byo, Aqil, Dydy as a team members.

Their coach, Sawaran Jit Kaur, shares that the students were excited to take part in the competition, collborate and share their knowledge about turning waste into a usable resource - fertilizer - with others. “While creating “Make Garbage Enzyme Our Hero: Use Garbage Enzyme,” the team also honed their technology skills to communicate their findings via the Internet and Web-based channels.”

“The ThinkQuest Competition helps students develop skills that are required for life and work in the 21st century, while helping to awaken students’ interest in technology,” ends Cheah.

A full list of winning entries can be viewed at www.thinkquest.org.

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