Oracle Academy Newsletter

May 2015

Computer Science Around the World

Upcoming Events

MAY 6, 2015

Oracle Academy Day

HTC College, Abu-Dhabi

MAY 10-15, 2015

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Pittsburgh, PA, United States

MAY 13, 2015

Ask the Oracle Experts


MAY 13, 2015


Perm, Russia

MAY 13-16, 2015

APKIT Educational Conference

Perm, Russia

MAY 20-23, 2015

Destination Imagination Global Finals

Knoxville, TN, United States

MAY 20, 2015

e-Learning Africa

African Union Conference Centre (AUCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

MAY 22-25, 2015

IT Planet Competition

St. Petersburg, Russia

JUN 5-8, 2015

IT Planet Olympiad

Minks, Belarus

JUN 28 - JUL 1, 2015

ISTE Conference 2015

Philadelphia, PA, United States

JUL 12-14, 2015

2015 CSTA Annual Conference

Grapevine, TX, United States

Oracle Academy Headlines

The 2015 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), UAE, February 7–10, 2015 (Panel Discussion Video and News Article)

Oracle Academy in Romania

Oracle Academy Sponsors Education Conferences in Turkey

“Weather Station for Schools” Project Builds Students’ Skills in Computer Networking and Databases

Oracle Academy and the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools, an ambitious project to join thousands of schools in a global science experiment. Participating schools will receive a Raspberry Pi hardware kit to help students build and operate their own weather station. The Raspberry Pi Foundation helps students gain valuable skills spanning computing, meteorology and geography.

Oracle Giving funded a grant for the first 1,000 kits, distributing half of the kits to Oracle Academy schools. In addition to building a weather station, the kits teach students to write application code that logs a range of weather data, including wind speed, direction, temperature, pressure and humidity. Teachers can also find supplemental materials on the Oracle Academy website.

“From application programming to database management, computer science skills can lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers,” says Jane Richardson, Director, Oracle Academy EMEA. “Our goal with the Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project is not only to show students how computer science can help them measure, interrogate and understand the world better, but also to give them hands-on opportunities to develop these skills. We believe this is one of the best ways to inspire the next generation to take up the computer science roles that economies around the world need filled.”

The Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project targets students aged 11-16 years old. Students apply to operate their weather station and record data in a cloud-hosted Oracle database, which they can then query through SQL elements developed in collaboration with Oracle Academy. Additionally, as part of the program, they develop a website on Raspberry Pi to display local weather conditions that can be accessed by other participating schools. Even better, through the “Weather Station for Schools” blog, students can talk about their experiences, interact with other participating schools and receive key online technical support.

“This ambitious project adds another string to the Raspberry Pi bow, using the Raspberry Pi to introduce children to the art of data management and SQL,” notes Dave Honess, a Raspberry Pi Foundation project lead. “The kits are really exciting and contain everything you would expect from a fully functioning weather station. We know the students will have a lot of fun.”

To ensure everyone will have a chance to learn and get in on the experience, weather station kits will be available for purchase later in the year.

Register your school today for Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools.

Girls Can Code…Very Well

Oracle Academy welcomed the Bay Area Chapter of Black Girls Code to the Oracle Campus in Pleasanton, California for a “Build a Game in a Day with Greenfoot” workshop. Black Girls Code, a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing technology education to African-American girls ages 7–17, has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow.

Eighty-six students took part in a full day of learning and laughter. Students learned the fundamentals of game creation using Greenfoot, and then were challenged to create or modify their game. The event concluded with a celebratory presentation where students showcased their games to their parents and chaperones. During the presentations, Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, stopped by to view all the interesting projects.

“We are excited to expose students to the Java programming language through our Alice and Greenfoot student workshops,” said Tzel Ramos, Oracle Academy’s Program Manager. “Seeing the delight in the students’ faces when their projects come to life is always a highlight.”

Oracle Academy is committed to supporting diversity in technology and increasing the participation of girls and other under-represented groups. We create materials and programs that make a challenging discipline such as computer science engaging for everyone. We believe that diverse perspectives help design better products, which is why Oracle Academy is proud to support organizations like Black Girls Code that focus on providing opportunities for all learners to develop in-demand skills in computer science.

For more information regarding partnership opportunities, contact Oracle Academy.

Oracle Academy Heads into the Amazon Jungle

In March, Oracle Academy Brazil, in partnership with Centro de Educação Tecnológica do Amazonas (CETAM), and Lustrabits, launched Java Fundamentals training for 55 technical and secondary school teachers. Through training, the teachers bring the Java Fundamentals course to more than 60 cities in the State of Amazonas. This project promotes a playful–yet accessible–way to learn programming language to both teachers and students.

The project covers all the state’s educational institutions, which is not an easy task. Because the cities are in the middle of the jungle, some schools are only reached by boat, with trips that can take up to 10 days navigating through the river. Due to these unique characteristics, content must be constantly adapted to meet the needs of an ever-changing educational system.

The unusual climate of the Amazon River area presents some unique challenges: in some months the river expands up to 30 meters higher than usual. This means classes need to be flexible to accommodate last-minute changes due to water levels, transportation challenges and Internet access.

The teachers used local references, images and history to help the children draw connections within their own lives. The screenshot above shows the Curupira, mythological creature of Brazilian folklore, that the children added during one of their lessons.

Our goal with Oracle Academy is to build a solid foundation of technology knowledge for young adults. To help with this strategy, we continue to work with the two most important universities in Brazil, who already support technology educations.

Oracle Academy offered the Java Fundamentals course for CETAM – Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica, University of the State of Amazonas (UEA). The University of the State of Amazonas and Federal University of Amazonas received the Oracle Academy Advanced Computer Science curriculum. These courses should help attract more students to the exciting world of computer science in Brazil – and beyond.

Learn more about the available curriculum and courses offered by Oracle Academy.


Code Java Together, Exploring Events for Your Future

During February and March, higher education students from China, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka attended Oracle Academy Code Java Together workshops. Code Java Together events offer opportunities for students to learn how to code and develop games using Greenfoot, an education-oriented Java development environment created at the University of Kent. In a fun and engaging atmosphere, students are introduced to Computer Science in a way that encourages further study. Code Java Together events focus on helping to prepare students for future careers–leveraging Oracle’s global technology leadership and software to target and develop in-demand skills using the newest industry trends and technologies.

Code Java Together Workshop Highlights

CHINA − In March, Oracle Academy China held their first Code Java Together event at the Beijing Information Science and Technology University. More than 230 students and teachers from different departments of BISTU participated in this event.

INDIA – Code Java Together events in the state of Telangana were held in collaboration with Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) and Techgig, attracting more than 8000 students. Oracle Academy and the Oracle India Java Development team were pleased to help students develop Java knowledge and skills in such a fun way.

INDONESIA − Code Java Together events were held in three locations in Indonesia: Surakarta, Central Java Province, and Jakarta. Hatma Suryotrisongko, M. Eng. OCA, an Oracle Academy instructor from AISINDO−an organization aimed at motivating Indonesian students to be more creative, innovative and passionate about technology−led the Greenfoot workshops.

SRI LANKA – Oracle Academy organized two Code Java Together events in Sri Lanka. The first-ever Code Java Together event in Sri Lanka was hosted with the Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTA) in March. A team of students at the Royal College, Colombo, collaborated with Oracle Academy to host a second Code Java Together event at their college.

Oracle Academy members are eligible to co-host Code Java Together events at their institutions. If you are interested in learning more, contact us.

Coders in Action

Volunteers Needed!

Oracle Academy is sponsoring two global competitions that need your expertise and time.

Judge, Volunteer or Interpret at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 10-15, 2015

Each year, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), encourages millions of students worldwide to participate in local and school-sponsored science fairs. In May, more than 1,700 students representing 70 countries, regions and territories will be in Pittsburgh to compete in the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

The high school students are the top winners of regional, state and national science fairs from around the world. They will compete for more than $5 million in awards, scholarships, internships and prizes. During the fair, these top scientific minds will showcase their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge the work. As a proud sponsor of this event, Oracle Academy will present nine finalists with a Special Organizations Award—$5,000 per recipient—for outstanding projects in the computer science categories.

Oracle Academy invites you to become a part of this amazing event. The success of the fair depends in part on valuable contributions from volunteers. We need your help!

Become a Judge: Approximately 1,000 judges are needed for 20 different scientific disciplines. In addition to judging projects, you will offer your expert insight and feedback to the students. Learn more about the needed qualifications and time commitment.

Be a General Volunteer: More than 500 volunteers are needed during the week for a variety of activities. This is a great opportunity to support STEM education and donate your time to good cause. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Be an Interpreter: Approximately 200 interpreters are needed to work with students. The greatest demand is for Spanish, Russian and Mandarin, however there is a need for more than a dozen languages. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

For more information about this event, contact Oracle Academy membership services or register now to become a volunteer.

Volunteer for Destination Imagination Global Finals

Knoxville, Tennessee
May 20-23, 2015

Destination Imagination Global Finals is the world’s largest celebration of creativity. More than 8,000 of the world’s most innovative minds—1,400 teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries—gather at the event to showcase their Challenge solutions.

The Destination Imagination Challenge program gives teams the opportunity to solve one of seven open-ended Challenges. It encourages students from elementary school through college to turn their creativity into innovation while teaching the soft skills of patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and the collaborative problem-solving process. This year is the first year Destination Imagination that has expressly included computer science in its Challenge program.

As an event sponsor, Oracle Academy encourages you to offer your support as a volunteer. Your participation will help students enjoy an exciting learning event that helps them develop skills essential to their future success.

Become a Volunteer Appraiser or Official: Appraisers and officials acknowledge and celebrate the creativity and hard work of the students in the program and provide valuable feedback. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Become a Skills Workshop Presenter: We need your help to inspire and develop the next generation of innovators and leaders, especially if you have computer science expertise to offer! Skills workshops will give you the unique chance to share your knowledge and passion with a global audience. Destination Imagination wants to give participants interactive, exciting and uniquely hands-on workshop opportunities. Learn more about becoming a Skills Workshop presenter.

For more information about this event, contact Oracle Academy membership services or register now to become a volunteer.

Oracle Academy Advances Computer Science around the World

Europe, Middle East and Africa


Students Get Job Ready
Oracle Academy hosted two “Are You Job Ready” events for university students to teach the importance of learning technology to be ready for the workplace and to help close the technology skills gap in Kenya.

The first event in February hosted 350 students from Strathmore University. Strathmore University has previously trained faculty members with Oracle Academy’s Introduction to Computer Science program−Java Programming and Database Design−and the school has since embedded it into their curriculum.

The second event in March hosted 450 students from Egerton University and Moi University. Both universities are active members of the Oracle Academy Introduction to Computer Science program and have so far conducted six lectures, as well as trained 650 students on Oracle Academy Java programming and Database Design. The two schools are in the process of embedding the Oracle Academy Introduction to Computer Science program into their curriculum.

The County Minister of ICT attended the event and delivered the keynote to announce the national collaboration between the Ministry and Oracle.


Romania Celebrates 10 Years of Oracle Academy
For the last decade, Oracle Academy has collaborated with high schools, teachers and students all across Romania. In fact, during the academic year of 2014, more than 57,000 students participated in a variety of Oracle Academy courses including Java Programming, Database Design and Programming with SQL, Getting Started with Java using Alice and Creating Java programs with Greenfoot. And even more impressive, 450 Romanian high schools offer Oracle Academy courses and more than 1,900 teachers are currently enrolled in the Oracle Academy program.

On February 18, the Oracle Academy held a celebration event to showcase the achievements of Oracle Academy in Romania. Mrs. Liliana Preoteasa, from the Ministry of Education, talked about the successful collaboration with the Oracle Academy to deliver the right skills to students to find a job in the 21st century.

“I am delighted to be celebrating 10 years of the Oracle Academy program in Romania,” says Sorin Mindrutescu, country leader for Oracle Romania. “I wish to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of Romanian teachers in successfully completing their training, as well as their commitment to bring industry- based learning in key programming and database into their classrooms as part of the national curriculum.”

Corina Vint, Tudor Vianu National College’s principal says, “On the 10th anniversary of the Oracle Academy program, as both principal of Tudor Vianu National College and a teacher directly involved in the program, its educational platform and ongoing courses answer a great challenge of today's educational system. Namely, the challenge to get students to understand that the gadgets they use should support education, as intellectually demanding as it may be.”


Students Learn about Technology
On March 3 – 4, 2015, the first Oracle Academy Day at the Oracle Development Center, St. Petersburg, offered teachers and students from universities across Russia a series of lectures on Solaris, SPARC, NetBeans, the Internet of Things, and JDK 9. Attendees expressed interest in continued collaboration with Oracle Academy to continue to bring these offerings to their educational institutions and young professionals.


Oracle Academy Sponsors Education Conferences
Oracle Academy sponsored two important education conferences in Turkey. The 17th “Academic Informatics” Conference on February 4 - 6, 2015, was held at Eskisehir Anadolu University. The 11th Computer Engineering Students Congress (BILMOK) on March 6 - 8, 2015, was held at Ankara University. More than 750 people attended both events to support advancing computer science education.

Japan and Asia Pacific


ICTENSW Conference 2015
In March, Oracle Academy was proud to be a silver sponsor at the ICT Educators of New South Wales (ICTENSW) state conference. ICTENSW represents all teachers’ interests at local, state and national level, advocates for matters of curriculum and equity, and promotes best practices in using ICT in learning. This annual conference supports teachers of all levels-primary through tertiary–and helps deepen their knowledge in ICT curriculum.

Oracle Academy instructor Samantha Pennington hosted a Greenfoot awareness session for the audience and encouraged the audience to register for upcoming Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) sessions offered through Oracle Academy.

Please keep an eye on our training calendar for upcoming events in Asia Pacific.


Business Analytics Seminar
Business Analytics is a highly sought-after field, especially with the advent of Big Data. In February, Oracle Academy China hosted a three day business analytics seminar for Beijing Jiaotong University students.

More than 30 students attended this project-based training led by volunteers from the Oracle Business Intelligence product development team. Students gained knowledge of business analytics and experienced the Oracle Business Intelligence platform.

Taiwan & Hong Kong

Virtual Instructor Led Training: Taiwan and Hong Kong
Taiwan and Hong Kong are taking advantage of Oracle Academy virtual instructor-led training (VILT) events! In January and February, teachers across Taiwan participated in Oracle Academy VILT courses hosted by 19 different universities. Teachers from higher educational institutions across Hong Kong began their first Oracle Academy VILT experience in March and April. Oracle Academy’s VILT courses are specifically designed to simulate an interactive live classroom learning experience, while offering participants the flexibility and convenience to participate from anywhere–eliminating the time and expense of travel often associated with professional development and continuing education.

Latin America


Oracle Academy Supports Teachers in Neiva
In March, 15 teachers from four schools participated in Oracle Academy’s Getting Started with Java Using Alice workshop. Now each teacher is implementing Alice in his or her classroom to educate children from seven to 16 years old. The teacher workshops were organized by the office of the Mayor of Neiva in collaboration with Oracle Academy.

Neiva is one of the most important cities in Southern Colombia, mainly because of its strategic geographical location. Since August 2014, Oracle Academy has been supporting the community’s efforts to develop computer science skills.


Forum of Technology Infrastructure and Connectivity
On March 11, Oracle Academy and the Oracle Mexico Development Center participated in the third Forum of Technological Infrastructure and Connectivity for Education in Querétaro. During the event, Jose Orozco, Oracle Academy Country Program Manager, facilitated Oracle Academy’s Getting Started with Java Using Alice workshop. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the scope, objectives and benefits of this fun and dynamic education-oriented Java development environment.

The Forum of Technology Infrastructure and Connectivity is the prelude of the Virtual Educa 2015 event that will be held the week of June 22 - 26, 2015 in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Don’t miss Oracle Academy at Virtual Educa!

Training in Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Oracle Academy congratulates the 16 teachers from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), who completed Advanced Faculty Training in Oracle Database: SQL and PL/SQL Fundamentals as part of their Oracle Academy membership.

UANL is the third largest public university in Mexico. The department of Information Technology has more than 1,000 students and 60 teachers who are an active part of the Oracle Academy program.


Virtual Instructor-Led Java Fundamentals Course a Success
On March 2, 2015, Oracle Academy offered its first VILT course in Peru. Java Fundamentals was taught to 16 teachers who came from both private and public universities.

Jessica Ríos, Area Development and Projects IT, described her experience by saying, “A week after completing the course, I am more than grateful for the way it is taught. It emphasizes the clarity and dynamism of the instructor, which is very important in this learning process.”

Evelyn Ayala, Coordinator of Continuing Education, Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega said, “I congratulate Oracle Academy for allowing us to meet your different tools (programs), through training to teachers so we can replicate in the relevant subjects and so our students are the ones who will benefit.”

Puerto Rico

Alice Workshop for Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico and Politécnico Amigó, Inc.
In March, Oracle Academy was proud to bring Alice, the education-oriented development environment that introduces students to Java through animation development, to the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico (BGCPR) and Polytechnic Amigo, Inc.

On March 5, Oracle Academy met with local teachers to answer questions about animation and programming. Both institutions will be implementing the teaching of Alice in their organizations.

Polytechnic Amigo, Inc., is a non-profit organization that gives opportunities to male school dropouts to finish their high school diploma while instructing them in vocational courses.

The Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing after-school tutoring services to children and youth in Puerto Rico.


Alice 3 Workshop at Superatec
On March 24, Oracle Academy visited Superatec to deliver a Getting Started with Java Using Alice workshop to local teachers. Superatec is situated in the largest low income neighborhood of Petare, Venezuela. By training teachers in impoverished areas, Oracle Academy helps them bring computer science education to students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop the kinds of skills and knowledge that can help them break the cycle of poverty and prepare for modern careers.

North America

United States

New Big Data Boot Camp II Video Series
The new Big Data Boot Camp II videos use publicly available data sets with real data, and provide a unique opportunity to apply Big Data concepts and skills to explore a modern real world problem: tracking and predicting disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.

Data Science Boot Camp II will lead you through the process of developing robust research questions; identifying, organizing, and analyzing different data sets that will help address your research questions; and developing and predictions and hypotheses based on Big Data analysis.

Check out the new video series!

Students at Dare2BDigital learn to build projects in Alice

Oracle Academy, OWL and Oracle Volunteers Introduce Computer Science to Young Women at Dare 2B Digital 2015
In February, Oracle Academy, in collaboration with Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL), sponsored the Dare 2B Digital Conference at Oracle’s Worldwide Headquarters in Redwood Shores, California.

The Dare 2B Digital Conference supports young women ages 11-17 who are interested in exploring careers in CS and STEM (Science, Technology, and Math). The conference brought 154 young women and their parents/guardians from 69 schools in the San Francisco Bay Area to attend workshops and listen to inspirational speakers from the tech industry.

Oracle Academy staff, along with OWL and Oracle Volunteers, led Greenfoot and Alice workshops for the young women. For many of the attendees, it was their first hands-on exposure to computer programming. Jane Galli, OWL Senior Program Manager says, “The volunteers at Dare 2B Digital all enjoyed helping the young students discover how fun computer science can be. It was especially great to witness the large number of dads introducing their daughters to Java with the Alice and Greenfoot workshops.”

Oracle Academy North America Director Lorilyn Owens also led a session, “What You Study Matters.” In the session, she discussed how studying computer science opens doors to careers for students and how parents/guardians can help support computer science education in local schools. Creating a supportive environment is a key step in getting and keeping girls interested in computer science and technology.

Michael Kölling and Ian Utting from the Greenfoot team visit with Oracle Academy’s Lorilyn Owens during SIGCSE

Oracle Academy Proudly Supports SIGCSE
March 4-7, 2015, hundreds of computer science educators and supporters from around the world gathered in Kansas City, Missouri, to teach, learn, and network at the 46th ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) symposium. Nancy Hoffman, Oracle Academy Curriculum Developer, led a session introducing topics that should be included in a database course. She reviewed the Database Design and Database Programming with SQL curriculum offered by Oracle Academy and demonstrated complex business scenarios that can be examined using Application Express (APEX). The session was well attended and well received. Learn more about the Database Design and Database Programming with SQL course.

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