CyberFair Project ID: 4738

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Famous Delawareans
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Eisenberg Elementary School
    New Castle, DE, United States

5 students, ages 10 -12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Patrick Walters

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Eisenberg Elementary School is located in New Castle, Delaware and is part of the Colonial. School District. New Castle is rich in history. William Penn landed in New Castle in 1682. The area known as “Historic New Castle” is filled with old brick homes and cobble stone streets.

New Castle is located in the New Castle County, which covers the northern part of Delaware. New Castle County is the most populated county in the state, but only covers about 1/3 of the area of the state. The lower portion of the state is mostly farmland and homes.

For being such a small state, Delaware has plenty of natural beauty, which can be seen throughout the state. From beautiful state parks to sunny beaches, Delaware seems to have it all.

2. Summary of Our Project

Delaware is the second smallest state in America. Even though Delaware is rich in history, much of it’s past is unknown to most American’s. Some people have a difficult time locating the Delaware on a map. Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution, giving it the title, “The First State”.

Our focus on local leaders led us to wonder if there were any famous Delawareans. We narrowed our search to actors, athletes and artists. Our initial discovery showed us that there are several celebrities that Delaware can call their own. The number of famous Delawareans, many of whom are world-famous, amazed us.

As we learned more, we focused on five celebrities: Cab Calloway, Estelle Taylor, Randy White, Ryan Phillippe, and Elisabeth Shue. Each student in the project studied one person and wrote a report on their findings.

As we looked to the future, we wondered how our students could possible become famous Delawareans. Students wrote a short report on how he or she planned on becoming famous and why they would like to be famous.

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:more than 6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):


4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The biggest barrier for our students to overcome was the amount of time we had to meet each week. Our meeting time was limited to only 30 minutes per week on Friday afternoons. That time was further reduced due to inclement weather and other duties that Mr. Walters is involved with. Students did much of the research and writing at home on their own time. We met as a group, mainly to discuss the next step in the process and type our reports using the school’s computer lab.

Another barrier was the lack of information about specific celebrities. Much of our information was gathered from Wikipedia, which is a user generated online encyclopedia. Since the information on the site is written by the generally public, we had to check to make sure that the information we found was accurate

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Because of our research for the CyberFair, my students have become more aware of the opportunities that are available to them. They have high goals and they know that they need to work hard to obtain them.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

An important part of our project was researching our famous Delawareans. Our students learned to use the Internet to search for information. They also learned that some sources of information cannot always be trusted.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Most of our research was done using the computers in the computer lab at Eisenberg Elementary School. We used the Internet and such websites such as Wikipedia to find information about our research topics. We then typed the information into a Microsoft Word document for later use in the finished website.

Using Microsoft Word, the students were able to spell and grammar check their work, prior to entering the information into the XHTML file.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Our students found all of their information on websites such as Wikipedia. Speaking with local community members was not necessary to find the information that we were looking for. We did discuss trying to contact the celebrities we were studying, but their contact information is not published publicly.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Our students have a greater appreciation for what it takes to become famous. Even though we come from a small state and a small community, we now know that anyone can make it to the top of their profession, if they work hard.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We didn’t require much help from the community for our project. The students worked very hard researching each celebrity. The website portion was created by Mr. Walters.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Before we started our research, we didn’t know there were so many famous Delawareans. It showed us that no matter where you are from, you have the potential to reach your dreams, if you are willing to work hard.


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