ThinkQuest@JAPAN '99: Educational Web Authoring Contest

[Secondary School Student Division]
[University Student/Adult Division]

Call for Participants

ThinkQuest@JAPAN is the Japanese language version of the original ThinkQuest contest started in the US. Entries are put into an online library, making them available to schools worldwide. Students learn as they create. Teachers can participate as coaches or contestants. Both teachers and students can experience the Internet Style of Learning.

Join ThinkQuest@JAPAN '99!

The ThinkQuest educational Website authoring contest began in 1996 in the US and is sponsored by Advanced Network and Services. In this contest, teams of two or three secondary school students spend six months to a year working together to create a Website. Participants may base their project on a topic of their choice, provided the site can be used by people worldwide as an educational resource. The sites created for the contest are made available to the public as an accumulative library of educational resources.

Last year, 306 contestants in 119 teams competed in the first annual ThinkQuest@JAPAN contest, including some contestants in the US. Rather than a "Japan only" program, this contest aims to be truly international--we invite Japanese living overseas and students learning Japanese as a second language to participate too.

In this, the second year we've offered the ThinkQuest@JAPAN contest, we would like to see even more people participate. Team members don't need to be in the same school or even in the same country. Our TeamMaker online database will help you search for partners by abilities, common interests, available computer equipment and other criteria. There's also a mailing list to discuss ideas with others interested in participating in the contest.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Contest Information

1) Contest Schedule: July 1999 to April 2000
Application Deadline: October 31, 1999
Submission Deadline: February 29, 2000

2) Eligibility:

Secondary School Division

Students enrolled in secondary school in Japan or abroad and between the ages of 12 and 17 as of April 1, 1999.

Teams consist of 2-3 students and 1-3 coaches. Teams may include students from different schools or countries. Coaches must be a teacher, school employee, student guardian or designated guardian over 18 years old.

University/Adult Division

Anyone over 18 as of April 1, 1999. Teams will be comprised of two or three people.

3) Eligible Topics: Websites on any topic covering Science/Math, Art/Literature, Social Studies, Sports/Health, or Interdisciplinary (covering more than one field) which can be used as educational resources by primary or secondary school students. Teams in the University/Adult Division may also cover topics useful to university students or educators.

4) Awards: Platinum, Gold and Siliver awards in each of the five categories. A Best Of Contest award will be given to the overall winner.

5) Award Ceremony: April, 2000 (tentative)

ThinkQuest@JAPAN '99 is backed by the Japanese Ministry of Education, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (expected).

Contact Information:

ThinkQuest Japan Program Secretariat
Sunrise Shinjuku Bldg. 7F
2-4-15 Okubo
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3204-8104 Fax: +81-3-3202-2414