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Microsoft opens world of web design to students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2011
Danielle McNamara
 (510) 987-0230

Press Release

 

MESA students were awarded for excellence in web design with a statewide contest sponsored by Microsoft.

 

Three high school MESA teams won the Microsoft Bliink competition by beating out other middle and high school teams.

 

The contest allows contestants to use Microsoft Studio Expressions design program to build their web sites. The software giant expanded the pilot run of the competition that previously was only open to LA area MESA schools.

 

Teams are judged on creativity, organization, visual presentation and communication. Teams are docked points for broken links, copyright violations and information that is not sourced.

 

The top three teams are:

 

For many students this was their first time at creating web designs and gave them an early look at potential careers in this field. This year teams submitted a design using the theme, “Imagine a future made better by technology.”

 

The three teams will receive prizes from Microsoft when they are recognized at regional MESA day events this month.

 

MESA’s strong partnership with industry is a large motivator behind its success. Students are exposed to technical fields at an early age and learn that they have the potential to become engineers, mathematicians or scientists.

 

MESA, an academic preparation program that each year serves about 20,000 California pre-college, community college and university students who are educationally disadvantaged, is an award-winning program with a model that works. Seventy percent of MESA high school graduates statewide went directly to college after graduation compared to 48 percent of all California graduates. Sixty percent of MESA students go on to math, science or engineering majors.

 

For more information about MESA visit http://www.mesa.ucop.edu