Oracle Education Foundation - Projects

Projects

Below are examples of some of our projects. They all leverage design thinking, emphasize our relentless optimism that there are solutions to every problem, and reflect our belief that failure is necessary to innovation—every iteration is a learning experience. Our projects are designed to be fun and challenging. They teach creative confidence, as well as persistence, resiliency, and grit.

Tiny Computers, Big Solutions

Tiny Computers, Big Solutions

Make a meaningful impact with inexpensive hardware. Using design thinking, students identify a challenge, then design and build a hardware solution using a Raspberry Pi, peripherals, and the support of Oracle coaches.


Better Living Through Wearable Tech

Solve everyday challenges with wearable technology. Students design portable, surprising, and fun solutions with Flora microcontrollers, batteries, conductive materials, sensors, actuators, and the support of Oracle coaches.


Today’s Hyper-Connected World

Today's Hyper-Connected World

Discover the power of wireless communication to change the world. Students explore the wealth of information “in the air,” learn how it travels through devices ranging from crystal radios to the Internet of Things, and, with support from Oracle coaches, create their own wireless solutions.


The New Nexus: Technology and Sustainability

The New Nexus: Technology and Sustainability

Learn how to be a leader in the wise management of our planet’s resources. Through a design challenge, Oracle coaches introduce students to big data and the cloud, examining two areas: harnessing light for energy and managing water.


Photo Gallery

  • OEF collaborates with SparkTruck, a mobile fabrication lab developed at the Stanford d.school, to provide students with a variety of creative tools and materials.

  • Students use breadboards and circuits to build their wearable prototypes.

  • d.tech students review the code behind their prototype.

  • d.tech students collaborate on a design challenge, defining the problem they wish to solve and brainstorming potential solutions.

  • Students build a camera using a Raspberry Pi.

  • A d.tech student collaborates with an Oracle Volunteer coach on building her wearable prototype.

  • Students showcase their wearable technologies to parents and visitors at d.tech.

  • Oracle Volunteer coaches guide students through the design process.


Oracle Volunteer Testimonial

Girls in Steam

A Role Model for Girls in Steam

“The collaboration between d.tech students and Oracle Volunteers was fun and rewarding. Thank you, Oracle Education Foundation, for providing me with the opportunity to serve as a role model for the students, and encourage them to explore careers in STEAM.”

—Indira Vidyaprakash, Oracle Senior Principal Product Manager


Unforgettable Experience

An Unforgettable Experience

“Volunteering for the Oracle Education Foundation was a truly unforgettable experience. Although my knowledge of Java was limited, I learned along with the kids and was able to contribute my skills in electronics. The most rewarding aspect was witnessing the students’ excitement at the final showcase, and knowing that, thanks to OEF and Oracle, I had a part to play.”

—Mike Lance, Oracle Senior Sales Consultant


Creative and Energetic Students

Working with Creative and Energetic Students

“I’ve had a great experience volunteering for the Oracle Education Foundation. The energy and creativity the students brought to our workshop was very inspiring, and I feel fortunate to be part of the program.”

—Jeff Salleh, Oracle Senior Software Development Manager


Winners

Students, Volunteers, Educators Are All Winners

“My key takeaway from this experience is that the volunteers, educators, and students are all winners. The students develop valuable insights and apply critical thinking and collaboration to solve real-world problems. The volunteers and educators love the students’ “Ah-ha!” moments, when the concepts we cover throughout the course suddenly make sense.”

—Margaret Errington, Oracle Linux and VM Principal Alliance Manager