1. Description of Our Community
Our local community is located in Romania , a Central European Country. Situated in the center of the depression with the same name, at an altitude of 360-380 m, Radauti has established its hearth in the confluence angle of Suceava with Sucevita. The oblong form of the dumps (NV-SE) favors the conduct of the wind blowing in this way, and the numerous water surfaces introduce some changes in the normal way of meteorological elements. The average annual temperature is 6.9°C; the average annual temperature of July is 18.2°C and of January -5.3°C. The average annual rainfall is 643.6mm. The clime is temperate. At first sight, an opened territory, the area of the town called Radauti is well hidden in a natural way, by the swampy land that surrounds it. This natural protection, associated with the vast possibilities of practicing the agriculture and cattle rising, have made Radauti, from the ancient times, an adequate place for living (the oldest signs found are from 7000 years ago). The first document that certifies the town dates from 1392, where Radauti was mentioned as the village of Radomir, making part of his properties, from which, as some versions say, it is supposed to have derived the name of the town. Other opinions say that the settlement has its origins in old times and the name “Radauti” comes from the Latin word Rottacenum, given by the soldiers to name the roman garrison in Siret. Under slave influences we assist at a distortion of the original name Rottacenum and its conversion to Radauti, as it appears in later documents. The name of the town proceeds from the name “Radu”, probably a ruler of the local community before the foundation of Moldavia. The oldest certification documentary of Radauti dates from 1413, in a document of Alexander The Kind. At the middle of XIV century, there was already a flourishing settlement here, so that Bogdan I (1359-1365) decided to build at Radauti the main church of the country, which became the center of a bishops. The archeological researches have found, around the St. Nicolas church (Bogdana Monastery) some proofs of human inhabitance previous to Bogdan’s age, which would plead for the existence, in Radauti, of an anterior center to the formation of the state.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is called “Smoking, the drug you can escape”. The fast rising rate of pulmonary cancer and the high popularity of smoking at both children and adults should be an alarming signal for the society. Our group is trying to inform the smokers, both passive and active, in the area of our high school , what the risks of smoking are.We are doing this through different projects, in collaboration with doctors, the organization “Save the children”, psychologist , and we hope that our action will both ipress and convince people to give up smoking.
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:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Although our chemistry teacher, Magdalina Saviuc and all the other teachers involved in this project helped and supported us yet the problems were unavoidable. We all know that even if working in a team can sometimes be fun, it can also be difficult. Every member has a certain rate of working but the tasks are usually divided in equal shares, so as in the end we all worked just as much. We also had problems when talking with smokers about their bad habits, and when managing the data and putting it together.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project started as an experiment, a simple idea, but neither one of us knew if it would actually be successful. The impact that it had on the students and teachers from our high school can’t be neglected because the information presented was exact, very well managed and presented and the fact that a doctor had a word to say meant a lot. Some of those present there actually gave up smoking and smoking between the youngsters from our high school isn’t as popular as before.
6. How did your activities and research for this Cyberfair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
From this project all of as developed both our skills as individuals in a team and we also learnt a lot of new things concerning the health of those around us. We were also able to practice the foreign languages that we learn at school (French and English),and we also learnt a lot about what organizing an activity really means. Our points of view weren’t always the same but we learnt to take in account the opinion of the other members of the team. Because one of the students is not from our high school the web page was a bit difficult to complete because all the work was done on the internet. But as they say “All is well when it ends well”, we managed to complete our tasks and finalize our project.