Students from Pakistan took top honors in the 2009 ThinkQuest Competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF).
ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop 21st century skills. The competition includes a Website Competition that challenges student teams to develop educational websites on topics of their choosing and a Narrative Competition that challenges student teams to publish their ideas on topics of global importance using OEF’s ThinkQuest Projects platform. Each team must be coached by a teacher, who enrolls the team and guides the students.
Muhammad, Muznah and Rida of Generation’s School collaborated with students in Singapore to create a website called “Portable Partners—Friends or Foes”, which examined common mobile devices used by young people, was awarded 3rd Place in the 19 and Underage division.
“The Oracle Education Foundation is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements of all the students who participated in the ThinkQuest Competitions,” said Clare Dolan, Vice President, Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “These students developed skills that are critical for success in the 21st century while producing outstanding educational resources that will benefit their peers globally.”
“ThinkQuest was a challenging yet enjoyable experience for me. It was an honor for me not only to compete on an international platform, but also to represent Pakistan,” said Muhammad, a student team member from Generation’s School. “My teammates and I gave it our best shot to make our website a worthy contestant in ThinkQuest. The news about our victory was a complete surprise and I would like to acknowledge my teammates and coaches for their hard work and guidance.”
Winning teams were selected from among 955 teams from 83 countries. Countries represented by winners include Australia, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Pakistan, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Teams had approximately eight months to research and develop their websites. An international panel of volunteer judges reviewed the entries and selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners and Honorable Mentions within three age divisions.
Prizes for winning teams include laptop computers, digital cameras, school grants, and a trip to the awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area, depending on placement.