The Oracle Education Foundation’s mission is to help young people develop the technical acumen, creative confidence, empathy, and grit to become outstanding designers of solutions to people’s needs and the world’s problems. In our program, Oracle Volunteers coach students through multiday classes at the intersection of design thinking and STEAM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Currently, we operate exclusively at Oracle’s headquarters in Redwood Shores, California, in partnership with Design Tech High School (d.tech), a pioneering public charter high school. We’ve been developing and piloting our new program with d.tech since 2014. Over time, we plan to thoughtfully scale the program to other schools and other Oracle communities.
Introduction to coding and physical computing. Students learn to build simple, interactive circuits and gadgets controlled by hardware and software manipulation.
Data Visualization and Design
Discovering and telling compelling stories using data visualization tools. Students learn to tell their stories onscreen using charts and graphs, and in the physical world using hardware to build interactive visualizations.
3D Design and Production
Turning ideas into tangible prototypes using industry-standard tools. Students learn to model, design, and fabricate 3D solutions, while experiencing the processes and challenges of modeling for the real world.
Wonders of Wearable Technology
Solving everyday challenges with wearable technology. Students learn to engineer and code wearable prototypes using open hardware, such as microcontrollers, conductive materials, sensors, and actuators.
Our Hyperconnected World: Internet of Things (IoT)
Creating user-centered solutions with smart wireless devices. Students learn to build their own Wi-Fi enabled prototypes, leveraging real-time data in the cloud.
Experiential Game Design
Designing and building games to motivate learning and encourage positive behaviors. Students learn the basics of game design, object-oriented programming, and development framework APIs.
OEF at Oracle OpenWorld Prep
Throughout the school year, we identify student teams and prototypes to present at Oracle OpenWorld. This class is dedicated to refining and preparing demos.
Internships within Oracle Lines of Business (LOBs)
The Foundation facilitates internships for d.tech seniors within a wide range of Oracle organizations. In addition to matching Oracle mentors with d.tech interns, we provide support for both throughout the internship period.
Each year, we select a handful of prototypes developed by d.tech students in our classes to showcase at Oracle OpenWorld. Students present their prototypes to conference-goers and engage them in coding and making activities.
volunteer hours donated