1. Description of Our Team
Our team consists of two boys and two girls, two 12th graders (Soo Yoon, Mi Sun) and two 11th graders(Chang Hwan, Jae Eun). Our school is located in the city of Daejeon, Korea. Daejeon is the city where all the science research labs are concentrated due to a governmental movement in order to develop scientific fields of study in Korea. Consequently, many students in our school have their parents as doctors and professors in research labs. So we thought it will be a perfect opportunity to introduce the Science and technology of our country via this program…
2. Summary of Our Project
Well…we tried to categorize our project as detail as possible. We dealt on the history of our country’s science technology(past, present, and future), wrote articles based on our research data (important research results, experiments and inventions), conducted surveys on our neighbors, teachers and fellow students, and did interviews with numerous professionals in various fields. We also made a Question board for other students around the globe who visit our homepage to ask questions they might have. We wanted to continue introducing our country through this homepage after this project is finished.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Since we are all living in a country where English is not our mother tongue, we faced many high obstacles during our project. Translating all the articles and experiment reports, which have so many difficult words in them, was a hard mission on its own. Furthermore, high school students don’t have much spare time. We go to school at 7:30am and come home at midnight! This might be a shock to you but it is our lifestyle. For the 12th graders, it is worse; we come to school even on Saturdays and Sundays. So it was very difficult to buy ourselves sometime to meet and organize our project. Thirdly, many research labs in Korea are still very self-closed. So we found difficulty in searching for reliable source of information dealing with highly professional areas in the topics (because many science related articles are full of difficult terminology that we don’t understand). Lastly, our final obstacle was technical. There were so many programs and software we had to learn how to operate in order to build our homepage properly. Because there were only four of us and lack of time as mentioned earlier, it was difficult to do the actual constructing of the homepage.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project, to us, meant learning vast amount of new information ourselves, and at the same time acting as a so-called “ambassador” to introduce them to others in the world. We felt great pride and dignity as we built our homepage and hope it to be useful in letting the world know what our country is like and how we are affecting the world through our science and technology.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We addressed the Science/technology part in the Doors to Diplomacy project. This activity was keenly related to two major subjects we learn at school. First, Politics. We were able to practice what we learnt in Politics class; introducing (showing) our country to the world. We were also able to find, during our research, of how our advanced technology is affecting other neighboring countries in the world. And second, science. We were able to learn much more deeply the things we just memorized in our textbooks. To find out more in detail, we actively searched the internet and science magazines to express as accurately as possible. We learned how to make a homepage. We mastered several software programs related to building a homepage. We were also able to understand certain topics we dealt with in this project. Some things that we didn’t take interest in before became quite a sensation to us now. We also felt very proud of our country’s achievements so far and hoped it to develop even further in the future. Using the internet was certainly much more effective. It saved us time and provided us with much more variety of information to choose from. It gave us easy access to much precious information and enabled us to get a clear picture of the idea of science in Korea.