Program

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.

Our Presence

Design Tech High School (d.Tech) Students

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.

How It Works

In our classes, students learn coding, electrical engineering, and user-centered design from real practitioners, and then apply their skills and knowledge to prototyping solutions. We offer a variety of 30-hour classes at Levels 1-3 and internships at Level 4.

Level 1 d.Tech Student
Level 1

Hello, World!

Introduction to coding and physical computing. Students learn to build simple, interactive circuits and gadgets controlled by hardware and software manipulation.

Level 1 d.Tech Student
Level 1

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.

Level 2 d.Tech Student
Level 2

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.

Level 2 d.Tech Student
Level 2

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.

Level 3 d.Tech Student
Level 3

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.

Level 3 d.Tech Student
Level 3

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.

Level 1-3 d.Tech Students
Level 1-3

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.

Level 4 d.Tech Student and Instructor
Level 4

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.

Presenting at Oracle OpenWorld

Presenting at Oracle OpenWorld

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.

FEATURED VIDEOS

Photo Gallery

Building a circuit
Building a circuit using conductive thread in the Hello, World! class.
Designing a better hospital experience
Designing a better hospital experience using an Arduino in the Internet of Things class.
Collaborating to code a prototype in the Hello, World! class.
Collaborating to code a prototype in the Hello, World! class.
Exploring data provided by Dian Fossey
Exploring data provided by Oracle Giving grantee, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in the Data Visualization class.
Creating 3D prototypes
Creating 3D prototypes in the 3D Design and Production class.
Refining hardware prototypes
Refining hardware prototypes at our soldering station.

At a Glance: FY15 – Present

 
132

unique volunteers

 
165

volunteering instances

 
6,408

volunteer hours donated

 
312

unique students

 
633

student instances

 
26

classes

Oracle Education Foundation