1. Description of Our Team
Our team consist of four member – and I suppose to be the team leader, so I would like to introduce my team: Vera Bacskai –coach (our teacher), coaches, coordinates our team Janos, 19 – team leader; responsible for team reporting (Project Narrative, Final Entry Notice…) and management Miklos, 19 – responsible for design and programming Zoltan, 19 – responsible for gathering economic information Zsolt, 19 – responsible for public relations The three of us (Janos, Miklos, Zoltan) had already participated in competitions in connection with international relations (mainly the European Union). After our English teacher notified us about this opportunity, we began to organize our team with an extra member (Zsolt), so we were ready to enter this competition and we asked Vera Bacskai (our economics teacher) to be our coach – so she registered us. Afterwards we divided the task among ourselves (I have already mentioned it above) and began the work. We are at the final semester of school, which means that next year we are going to study on university or college and we thought that we would take the chance and enter a competition together as a team for the very last time.
2. Summary of Our Project
The question, which starts us, was: is there any system, rule or theory, which steers the seemingly chaos-like international relations? Two branches were come apart from this question: how can we bring this whole out from chaos? and: Can we find the way (even theoretically) how the world could improve? This was the one that gave us the impulse to work keenly. We read over all the stuffs we have learnt about economics, and on the searching for something useful, we dropped upon the name of David Ricardo. And he was the one we have been searching for!
His work was really diverse, however something sticked out right at the beginning: he was working for the same thing as we. To find systems, rules and theories that would help to understand the world, help to fix its problems - and make it better. We do believe that the greatest scientists have the same goal as this, and we can say that Ricardo was the greatest one of his age. So this page can be esteemed as our notes taken of the work of David Ricardo. We were on to make his findings clear, to model it and to teach it without the ordinary meaning of 'teaching'. We also want to show you, that economy is not a 'strange fruit' but a way to understand the world and sometimes to improve it. But what about these days? The theories of John Nash gave us the impression, that Ricado's efforts do have the carrying-on. It does not fully fit to the sphere of economy (that is why we needed to expel it), but it is for the same as all sciences point on: a better world.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Actually we did not have much problem with computers and Internet, because we could work with them both at home and in school.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Zoltan had the idea to make the web project about comparative advantage, but the first problem was that the rest of the team did not understand the theory. So he had to explain the purpose of the theory via Ricardo’s model. After having gathered all the essential information for out web project, we began to build our webpage. Though Miklos was an advanced Photoshop and Flash user, the rest of the team had some difficulties with the use of these software. He gave us an instant training so we could all help Miklos with the design. It was also a difficult task to make the game but after uniting Miklos’ advanced Flash knowledge and Zoltan’s basic programming skills we managed to create it.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
First of all I would like to thank the GSH staff for enabling us to enter such a great competition which offers us a huge opportunity to learn new things about the world that we are living in. Participating in the Door to Diplomacy gave us a great chance to experience the work of “ambassador” as we had a wide range of tasks to do. We arranged a meeting with our school leaders (deputy headmasters) who also approved our entry in this competition and offered us free web space on our school webserver, where we could upload our web project. Than we got in touch with our local media, which helped our promotion in our community. We hope that our project will allow students across the globe to understand better the importance of international cooperation, through David Ricardo's model of specialization.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our curriculum contains special business subjects: economics and international business relations. Our project is about international cooperation which covers our curriculum on several points e.g. Ricardo’s model (economics – division of labour, specialization). So our project lets our schoolmates understand these economic and business matters better and also enables them to reach a wider view of the importance of cooperation on an international level. But to be able to provide our schoolmates with substantial information on this topic, we had to collect essential information for ourselves to understand the whole concept of Ricardo’s model concerning specialization, Zoltan held a presentation for us , so we could all understand the mechanism and the importance of the model, and let us make a conclusion without which this kind of cooperation, economic development would not be possible. Than we began to collect extra information relating to our project e.g. biography of David Ricardo, and we arranged a meeting where we discussed all the information we had, and set up the outlines of our project. We did majority of our research work on the Internet, which was a great advantage for us. We did not have to look through lots of books, we were able to use the Internet as a medium of information – we could accurately reach the required information for our project profile – this saved us a lot of time.