Announcing the launch of Microsoft bliink – a web design contest for middle and high school students across US.

Microsoft bliink is about providing a opportunity for Aspiring Technologists in US high schools to create websites that ‘Imagine a future made better by technology’.

Microsoft bliink provides an avenue for student to:

  • Dream big about how technology can make the world a better place
  • Learn more about the power of technology to solve real-world problems
  • Receive Microsoft Expression® Studio professional software
  • Create a website to communicate their learning and creativity
  • Be excited about the opportunity for local and national recognition
  • Work hard to earn prizes that include Xbox 360 and Kinect

Teachers using Bliink have found it useful in:

  • Engaging students with big ideas and meaningful problem-solving activities
  • Receiving Expression Studio professional Web design software for their school
  • The free teacher-created and class-room tested curriculum resources
  • The abundant support and resources with the contest and Expression Studio

 

 

Theme

Imagine a Future made Better with Technology

Eligibility

Any student between ages of 13 and 19 years (as of Jan 5th, 2011) registered/enrolled in a middle or high school in US

Website

http://bit.ly/Bliink

Registration, Judging Criteria, Rules, Learn Web Design

Participation Timelines

  • Registration opens: January 5th, 2011
  • Registration closes: Feb 28th, 2011
  • Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2011
  • Winners announced: March 17th, 2011

Prizes

XBox 360 + Kinect + games

Software Access

Complimentary MSDNAA High School  (teachers email InnovativeTeachers@microsoft.com)

All registering Middle and High School students being sent a DreamSpark access code with instructions on downloading Expression Studio from DreamSpark

Student Learning Resources

Curriculum Support / Teacher Resources

Updated Expression Web 4.0 curriculum resources from Faculty Resource center, including

LiveMeeting Webcast Teacher Trainings are listed on the Microsoft bliink website

Contest Support for students and teachers

Facebook, Twitter and Expression Forums

Microsoft bliink website also has a “Click-to-Chat” functionality for live responses (9-5 pacific)

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