An annual competition for pre-college students is open for enrollment in Illinois, Vermont, and MESA California.
The annual Bliink Web Design Competition is majorly sponsored by Microsoft and is open to primary school students, ages 13 to 19, with an interest in web design.
Partly to promote one of their own programs, Bliink 2012 encourages teachers to incorporate the competition into practical components of the curriculum and provide students the opportunity to utilize Microsoft’s Expression Studio while creating their competition designs. Another goal of the competition is to encourage students to fulfill their passions and peruse an education in a web design college or similar program.
The Bliink 2012 competition is also sponsored by the Illinois Technology Association, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Chicago Public Schools. According to the competition’s recent release, students will be encouraged to dream big about how technology can make the world a better place and learn about how the power of technology can solve real-world problems.
As an added bonus to students, Microsoft is giving a free copy of Microsoft Expression Student professional to entrants. Teachers who register for the contest will also get a copy of the software for use at their school. Winning prizes for web design include an Xbox 360, Kinect and games.
Students must register for the contest by February 28th and the deadline for their website design is March 20th. Other contest rules do apply. Students need to team up in pairs or groups of four and need their parents’ permission if they are considered a minor in their state.
Web design colleges teach students about real-world problem solving and the latest technological advances and concepts in web design. The Bliink Competition encourages an excitement and enthusiasm for this trade that can ultimately lead to a successful career in web design, website management, and web mastery.