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Oracle Vienna Hosts Java Workshop

Jane Richardson
Senior Director, EMEA

In June 2019, students from the Vienna International School (VIS) attended a Java workshop at the Oracle office in Vienna, Austria. These grade 10 students are part of a coding class at VIS that combines the Oracle Academy Java Foundations course with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Design subject.

Max Jerg and Michael Lessiak of Oracle organized the student activities, starting out with an introduction to Oracle and its collaboration with CERN. The students then split into groups to work on various Java coding challenges that had been prepared for them. 

The students had short breaks throughout the morning to take part in a table football tournament (locally known as “Wuzzler”). The table was modified as an example of physical computing for the students, with two iPads and sensors set up and programmed to keep score for the tournament.

Students were awarded prizes for their individual group’s performances in the coding challenges, and the results of the Wuzzler competition! The main prize was a Sphero SPRK+ STEAM Educational Robot.

Once again, this was a well put-together workshop for the VIS students: Fun, challenging and reinforcing the programming concepts the students learned over the year with Oracle Academy curriculum.

A few days after the trip, the students completed their Java Foundations year, and VIS Director Peter Murphy presented them with Oracle Academy course completion certificates.

We congratulate the students and thank the Oracle office for hosting them.

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