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Contest: ThinkQuest International Competition

ThinkQuestLevel: Ages 22 and under, plus Coaches
Submission Deadline: April 27, 2011

The 2011 ThinkQuest International Competition challenges students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to a real-world problem. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience. Students and their coaches put their ideas and skills to the test in one of three events:

ThinkQuest Projects – Teams present their solution by creating a project in ThinkQuest Projects, an online learning environment. Age Divisions: 19 and under, 16 and under, and 12 and under

Digital Media – Teams present their solution by creating a blog/journal, website, animation, public service announcement, photo essay, video, or some combination of these items. Age Divisions: 19 and under, 16 and under, and 12 and under

Application Development – Teams develop a web-based application or game that solves a problem. Age Divisions: 22 and under, 19 and under, and 16 and under

Teams can choose any problem to solve and can leverage existing schoolwork across a broad range of curricula, including Writing, Social Studies, Civics, History, Science, Mathematics, Art, and Technology/ICT. See the ThinkQuest Entry Examples for ideas. All entries must be submitted in English.


  • Competition Opens: August 25, 2010
  • Entry Submission Deadline: April 27, 2011
  • Winners Announcement: Scheduled for June 22, 2011


Winners get a laptop computer, a cash grant for the coach’s school or organization, and a trip to ThinkQuest Live, where they will:

  • Receive face-to-face mentoring from Silicon Valley experts
  • Be honored at a red-carpet gala with dignitaries and executives
  • Participate in educational workshops and visit fun San Francisco attractions
  • Represent their country with distinction
  • Develop friendships with peers from around the world

All students who submit a completed entry will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation for their portfolio.


Judges will evaluate entries for critical thinking, communication, and technology skills as noted in the Evaluation Guidelines.

Competition Rules

The Competition Rules provide complete information on the competition schedule, team, coach and student requirements, age divisions, entry requirements, judging, prizes, program tools, and general conditions.

How to Enroll

Visit the ThinkQuest website for videos and online tutorials on how to enter this competition and/or for more information.

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