Take the Dear Hero Computer Science Challenge!

By: Tina Shaffer

Destination Imagination, in collaboration with Oracle Academy, is proud to release our first-ever computer science challenge, Dear Hero!

Who has made a difference in your life? If you had an opportunity to say thank you, what would you say? Using Oracle Academy’s Alice 3 software, we want you to create a 3D computer-animated Thank You message that you can share with your personal or team-chosen hero.

One winning thank you message will be selected and the winning individual or team will become an Oracle Ambassador. As an Ambassador, you and your Hero will be invited to attend the 2016 Destination Imagination Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of student creativity—at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, May 25-28, 2016. In addition to experiencing the fun and excitement of such a gathering, your special thank you message will be presented to more than 16,000 attendees and your Hero will be presented with a special award at the event.

The deadline to submit your video is April 17, 2016.

Why participate in the Dear Hero challenge?

It’s a given. To be a good global citizen, to advance in education, or to be prepared for tomorrow’s world, having computer science knowledge and skills is essential. We interact with technology in almost every aspect of our lives—from getting around town to doing homework to staying in touch with friends—and computer scientists and programmers are behind the scenes, making it all happen. Wouldn’t it be great to be more than just a user of technology? What if YOU could be a technology innovator and creator? Through this challenge, you and your team will not only have the chance to thank someone who has made a difference in your life, but you will also gain skills and knowledge in computer science and technology. Everyone wins!

Who can participate in the Dear Hero challenge?

This challenge is recommended for anyone 10 years of age or older. However, children under the age of 10 may still participate. You can participate individually or with a team of up to 7 people. If anyone on a team is under the age of 18, he or she must have legal parent or guardian consent to participate in this challenge.

Ready to take the challenge?

Download the Dear Hero challenge here and read the rules, terms & qualifications, and submission instructions. All videos must be uploaded to YouTube and submitted through our Dear Hero form here.


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