On October 7-8, 2019, Oracle Academy supported the 2019 Utah STEMfest at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Utah STEMfest offered students grades 6-10 the opportunity to experience fun hands-on activities in all areas of STEM, including seeing the inner workings of an electronic car, planting their own plants, and creating animations with Alice, a block-based, object-oriented programming environment based on Alice in Wonderland.
Nearly 800 students visited the Oracle Academy booth to learn the basics of coding using Alice. Volunteers from the Oracle Lehi, Utah, office assisted students with Alice tutorials available through the new Oracle Academy Education Bytes. After students completed the tutorials, they received cards with a QR code that gave them instructions on how to download Alice at home for hands-on practice.
Oracle Volunteers loved the opportunity to help students in their local community. According to Judy Pierce, Senior Technical Support Engineer, “STEMFest is so much fun and such an awesome event for Oracle to support. I know the kids were really excited about learning the Alice program, especially being able to download and practice at home! I hope to continue to see Oracle at these type of events; they really do make a difference!”
Parents also appreciated the real-world, practical learning that students experienced at the Oracle Academy booth. A parent relayed the following: “This STEMFest is really great, but not a lot would impact my kids in the long term,” she said. “Except for Oracle’s booth: You guys are giving my kids something that they can take home with them and that really will help them prepare for their futures.”
Oracle Academy is proud and honored to support STEM events for youth to help get them interested and engaged in computer science.