1. Description of Our Community
Rich with history, culture and natural beauty. All these wonders have been here for thousands of years, embraced by those who happened upon them. We feel that around every bend in Newfoundland and Labrador, you will feel serenity, see beautiful sights and experience a playful breeze that will help your journey.
In our project, you will be introduced to our home, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Our school is located in Clarenville, NL a town of six thousand. Clarenville is located in a narrow strip between the coastal ridge and the sea. We have the deepest, most sheltered, ice-free port on Newfoundland's east coast.
Here, we routinely catch a glimpse of icebergs, whales, birds and wildlife. Our project will focus on a historical landmark located in our capital city, St. John's, however we consider our local community to be the entire province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
2. Summary of Our Project
If you ask anyone in Newfoundland what one of the most recognizable landmarks in the province was, they will probably tell you Signal Hill, or more specifically, Cabot Tower. Our inaugural CyberFair project will focus on this historic site.
Cabot Tower was built in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's discovery of Newfoundland, and Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. In 1901, Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless message at a position near the tower, the letter 'S' in Morse Code sent from Cornwall, England.
Cabot Tower is now the centre of the Signal Hill National Historic Park, Canada's second largest historic park, with walking trails, and an interpretation centre where the visitor can hear very interesting stories about the area. Hikers will be rewarded with spectacular views of the city, the harbour, and the ocean. We feel that this is a worthy first project and a great introduction to an important landmark in our province.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
At Clarenville High School we are blessed with numerous connections to the Internet in a wireless environment.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The biggest obstacle our CyberFair team had to overcome was the fact that none of us could build a webpage! To this end, we worked with our Physics teacher, Mr. Winter, and he was able to give us the coaching we needed to create a basic webpage design as per contest rules. It was a great learning experience and by working together, we got the job done!
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Participating in CyberFair has allowed us to realize that we are not alone as a school and that we are a part of something much larger, and exciting, than we realized before. The sheer number of interesting projects we reviewed was simply amazing and humbling for us.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In addition to learning to work together as a team to create a project, we also learned a lot about Signal Hill and the Cabot Tower. The information we studied had a lot to do with Canadian History and not only fulfilled the required curriculum, it exceeded it! We learned that all other technologies in the world basically sprung from Marconi and his use of wireless communication. We now truly realize what an important role our area of the world played in a globally life-changing event. We also learned a lot about using the Internet to research and create a project. This was an amazing experience and one we will never forget.