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Sri Lankan students excelled at the global ThinkQuest Competition in which more than 51,000 participants from 59 countries took part.
The competition, sponsored by the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), challenges students to solve a real problem using their critical thinking, communication and technology skills.
Participants presented solutions using a variety of technologies, including interactive applications, online games, websites, photo essays, online journals/blogs, animations, and videos. Prizes for the winners include laptop computers, school grants, and a trip to ThinkQuest Live, the inspirational awards event in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Oracle media release said.
Adhisha, Roshnal and Chamath from Royal College were awarded 2nd place in the application development, 17 and under division, for their entry “TED 2012 (Text Encryptor & Decryptor).” The team created an application that corrected and inherent weakness in a ubiquitous mobile technology: the lack of encryption in text messaging. The Text Encryptor and Decryptor 2012, sends and receives password protected text messages from one mobile device to mobile another, Oracle said adding that Ms. Inoka Samarakkody coached the award-winning team.
Winners came from Macedonia, France, UK, Greece, India, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the US.
“Sri Lanka is a country with a lot of IT potential, and the students here have shown so much enthusiasm to be a part of ThinkQuest competition. The biggest IT innovations still take place outside of Sri Lanka, driven by organizations such as Oracle,” noted Ms Samarakkody.
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