1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Telephone, internet and letters
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Our school was located in the Honggu district in Lanzhou, Gansu in northwest China. The Honggu district was rich in coal resources and oil resources. This reminded us the geological conditions billions of years ago; there must be certainly a dense forest, then there were definitely lots of species here. In the last century, archaeologists have excavated a few dinosaur fossils here. Through the internet, our group collected a lot of information and news about Mamenxi dinosaurs, and in many websites, we also saw lots of precious pictures and chose lots of pictures to use on our website. In fact, the dinosaur unearthed in Honggu district was known by everyone, since a dinosaur statues was located in the square in the opposite side of the Honggu government, but many people did not know where the dinosaur site was. When we went to explore the site, the students were very happy, talked and laughed along the way, and those who helped us also praised us, the shop owners appreciated that schools should organize more events and introduce our local customs to the nation, to the world, because this kind of activity was really very less and could really practice the children's social skills.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
The class meeting held by the monitor of Class one, Grade three had an atmosphere that was very active. The reason why we proposed to convene this class meeting was simple, because we had never heard of the Mamenxi dinosaur that unearthed near us. We have always thought of that the huge dinosaur statue was only for visiting and we didn’t know the origin of it. What made us difficult to understand was that people who born and grew in Haishi Bay has never heard of it. Haishiwan have unearthed dinosaur, is this not a tragedy? It also reminded us that to hold a meeting on Mamenxi dinosaur in Haishi Bay was necessary. Now we had such an opportunity to understand more details of Mamenxi dinosaur, in class meetings, several classmates who made websites were all on the podium and introduced Mamenxi dinosaurs to everyone, and they made it very impressive, we all listened carefully and involved. In addition, we found a lot of pictures and written information about Mamenxi dinosaurs, which made this class meeting very successful, in the sound of lively discussions, we unconsciously learned a lot of knowledge again. Ancient dinosaurs only grew in beautiful and natural environment, due to climate change, they lost the original environment and finally led to the extinction of dinosaurs and the formation of fossils, which was enough to illustrate that ancient the Haishi Bay was a place that with dense forests, warm climate, rippling blue waves and was suitable dinosaurs and other marine animals. The extinction of the dinosaurs was a great loss and there should be a deep thinking. The society was in progress every passing day, science and technology was developing to the trend of high, refined, sharp and new, but our partners have no room for survival. Over-developed industry and the use of fossil fuels contributed to climate warming; excessive deforestation, the decline of 'Earth's lungs' function, over-grazing, large areas of land was bare, dust storms swept; over-fishing, and even poaching, species developed from rare to extinctive. The environment was deteriorating and we should wake up and protect our environment for survival. Learning about knowledge about dinosaurs, students had positive response and began to protect and care for the environment. The value of this activity was best expressed.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
In order to explore the dinosaur remain, we must first find our way. We used e-mail to contact the archaeological enthusiasts who had explored the dinosaur remain and we also inquired the teachers in our school face to face, they provided us with useful information. In the field visits, we also asked the small shop keeper, the water plant staff and the shepherd and finally made sure where the dinosaur remain located. During the visits, there have been some interesting things, there were several big grooves in the mountains, we could not determine which one was right, but because the heavy rain, the mud and water buried the sites in the ruins so that we passed the dinosaur remain three times but we didn’t find the right location. Eventually, students climbed to the summit and asked the shepherd and finally made sure that the dinosaur remains which we passed three times.