Now in its 3rd year, 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’.
The goal of the Microsoft bliink contest is to build the student interest in technology and increasing the STEM pursuits in education and careers in the US. high school students with a positive experience with being creative with technology are more likely to pursue STEM studies and careers. We make this possible by providing high school students with the software tools, training and experiences through the Microsoft bliink contest.
Microsoft bliink contest 2011 will launch January 5th, 2011, with the registration window being open until February 28th, 2011. Website submissions (using Expression Studio software) are due March 1st, 2011 for fabulous prizes of XBox360 consoles, the new Kinect and XBox360 games. Any US high school student between 13 and 19 years of age is eligible to register and submit their websites to the Microsoft bliink 2011 contest, participating in teams of 2 – 4 students.
Software: Students who register for Microsoft bliink contest will be provided Expression Studio 4 for download from DreamSpark, at no cost, using a DreamSpark code sent in the registration confirmation email.
Training: Do Not have expertise with web development? No problem, training for students on creating great looking websites is provided through the online resources beginning at the introductory level and ramping-up to expert-level:
- Get started on web design with Web Development Tutorials at bit.ly/WebTutorials,
- Web UI Design Tutorials for a 5 day OnRamp training at bit.ly/WebDesignTutorials,
- http://www.microsoft.com/design/toolbox/ and
- Web design videos and articles at - bit.ly/TechHandson
Support: have questions? Students can get answers to their questions about on Microsoft bliink contest Facebook bit.ly/facebookTech, Twitter bit.ly/TweetBliink #Bliink and get their technical questions about Expression Studio at the Expression Forums bit.ly/ExWebSupport