1. Description of Our Team
Our project was a collaborative effort using a conglomerate of skills and knowledge meshed from each member of our team. Our team leader, Ryan Tincher, 15, plans to pursue a career in either business or law. Ryan is the Chief-of-Staff for our high school’s International Business Academy (IBA). He manages the day-to-day operations of the IBA like running a small, globally-oriented business. For Cosmopolitan Collaboration, Ryan researched citizen diplomacy, what it entails, and on which issues citizens can take a stance and/or take action. Chris Sherman, 16, would like to follow his talents in marketing or accounting. He researched cultural respect for the website. Nick Basche, 15, is the technology enthusiast. He worked on the design and layout of the web page and all technological aspects. Nick intends to… Finally, Matt Giguere, 15, conducted research on political corruption. His future plans center on… Jay Harris, our advisor from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, gave us advice on many of our questions and pointed us in the right direction with networking contacts and content information. He also helped us organize a booth at the February 2006 Citizen Diplomacy Summit. Caryn Plinske, the International Business Academy Advisor at our school, facilitated brainstorming sessions and guided our project through the plethora of phases entailed in the Doors to Diplomacy contest.
2. Summary of Our Project
Cosmopolitan Collaboration is a look at citizen diplomacy throughout the world, challenging ardous political attitudes around the world, and informing people of what's really happening in the world.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The first major hurdle that our team overcame was time constraints. With jobs and other after school activities it was difficult to find a time when all the whole group could meet to discuss what was happening with our project. However, once we were able to set a schedule, the website really started to blossom and take shape. We worked long hours to write the pages, doing lots of research.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Doors to Diplomacy has given our group a new look at world issues such as poverty and famine. The project has even inspired us to start a One chapter (www.one.org) at our High School.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project helped our team demonstrate our knowledge of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and the elements and techniques for effective web page design.