1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Every member of our teamhas a PC and a mobile phone (on Orange Network)and Lavinia gave us her own digital still camera. We had home access to the Internet via cable connection and we consider this an important advantage. We could communicate via Internet (MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger), therefore we consider it as the most impportant tool that we used. We also have some pupilbooks (like Civics, Phisics and Chemistry) that provided us additional information on the disscused topics. Our school has a library where we found some updated books related to history, medicine , perspective or definitions that helped us to better understand peace, security, terrorism etc.We also read a lot of national magazines and newspaper that published facts linked to our project theme. One of the most important 'tool' were our coaches that we continously consulted for their advice, opinion. We used Front Page for developing our Web site. At the begining we didn't know anything about designing a web page. Here the most important 'tool' was Napi V (technical coach) who taught us how to build our site. We were taught everithing from opening the programme to publishing the site. Each source, each information was important for us as we specially selected it.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Diplomacy means the way to understand your enemy and to make him think almost the same way you do. If terrorists read the articles on our site they should understand that the peace is the only way to progress, to survive. Every man on the Earth need security (social, economic etc)and a way to assure his family or friend a minimum of protection. In our project we talk about many topics. We define peace, war, terrorism, security, WMD, thinking that understanding the concepts could lead to a way of avoiding the conflict (ideologic, economic, religious) Finaly we propose a 'manifest' for peace. The main purpose of this project is to make other understand what means peace and security and also to support democracy and diplomacy (as the best choice to solve the world problems) We will ask our friend , family, teachers and everyone willing to visit our site and say his opinion. Maybe if we share our opinions we could find a way to avoid conflicts, war... Our success will be yours too, and also of the creators of the contest Doors to Diplomacy!
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
This project represents our effort and a lot of investigation that we realize, therefore we considered very important for us and for our school, because our teachers were the ones who help us to realize the project, even tough we had a lot of extra work to do. In Romania the terrorism and WMD are not so present, but our president Traian Basescu was one of the first who signed the international protocols concerning the counterterrorism, because Romania and Romanians understood the danger of the terrorism .
Another important thing that make us very proud of our work, are all the goods comments we have received from the people that help us while doing our page, and of the people that already checked or job finished, as our family, teachers and even some friends.
Likewise, we think that the people that visit our pages will learn a lot of things and also they might find very interesting things we made, our solutions and other important aspect is that they can give their opinions in a way that they would get involved with the problem, so they could understand it better.
We also consider our work as a reference page for students that are making investigations about the topics or those who do it because they want to learn more, because we are trying to explain the concepts in an easy way, based on the opinions of some experts in this topic.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
First of all we must tell you that from the very begining the Mayor of Comanisti involved in this project. He supported us and made lobby for us and our project, For this reason we should thanks. Also he promissed us a school laboratory equiped with computers. We also must thanks to our Bacau County School Inspectorate for their support in developing our project (especially to Mrs. Angela Sterpu - EU Integration Inspector). Many thanks to Ms. Madalina Bobeica(doctor) and Mrs Mirela Dacin(school nurse) for their helping. They make us understanding the way the biological and nuclear weapons can affect human body. But those that helped the most were our teachers. We are especially grateful with our teachers Lavinia V, Magdalena Juncu, Petrina Mocanu, Iustina Unguras, Ionel Bantas and Constantin Spinu. that were the ones that we selected to be our coaches. We have a very good relationship with them, and also we chose them because we know they are very smart and could bring us a lot of help. Lavinia V. is our Romanian teacher and is always trying to help us. She is very demanding with us, what helped us to make better our work and researches. . And finally we need a teacher that could help us in redacting correct our work, therefore we ask again teacher Lavinia V, that was recommended by other teacher and we were very thankful working with her. We also must thanks to Eng. Napoleon Varareanu (whom we chose to be our technical coaches). We thanks him for the patience he showed us and for web design lessons.for the first time in our life we learnt something very useful and also practical. Those were our coaches during the project and we just want to say them “Thanks for everything”.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
The most important discovery we made was that even if there have many discussions about peace the subject is not finished yet. We also discovered a lot of things we couldn't imagine about terrorist network, peace organizations or types of security. We coudn't imagine that there exists a lot of biological weapons (about some of them we didn't know they exists). The most important lesson we learnt was the diplomacy could solve a lot of problems if used. An old Romanian saying tells 'Make your enemy a friend'. We think that only Diplomacy could fulfill this goal. But the most valuable benefit for us was that we had to work together like a real team. Also we learned to work with other people and listen to their opinion. We are very proud of our work. Let us open one door to diplomacy!