1. Description of Our Community
We live in quite a small community, one of about 25000 individuals. It’s a community where everyone knows everyone, so we hope that out project will have the impact that we desire. A major issue in our town is alcoholism. Why is that? Many people are poor so they decide to drive away their sorrow by getting drunk, without being aware of the risks they face by choosing this way. We hope that presenting these risks, we will make those people give a second thought to what they are doing and, hopefully, will realize that alcohol isn’t the last resort and that there are solutions to their problems.
2. Summary of Our Project
Alcohol is nowadays the problem number one regarding consumption of drugs. Although alcohol initially appeared in the practical use this has changed subsequently. People began to try different types of alcohol and consumption of alcoholic beverages has become a part of European culture. Luci: Since it is a theme so common among those of our age, we considered that a point of view of adolescents about alcohol consumption should be interesting. We talked to our classmates and friends that our if they struggle against excessive consumption of alcohol. After the presentations made in our school and community, we have received positive reactions from those around us. Luci: We hope that the project we initiated will contribute by reducing the number of consumers of alcohol in any corner of the world, regardless of their age. It is an issue that concerns us ALL not just SOME.
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:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
During the conception of the project, we had to overcome many barriers, both technical and regarding the content of our website. First of all, we made researches on the theme of alcohol consumption, its advantages and disadvantages. Secondly, we organized all the materials we had, giving each team member a task according to his abilities. When the content was ready, the technical problems appeared. We overcame them with patience and with the help of our Informatics teacher.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Participating at Doors to Diplomacy gave us the chance to understand the real risks of alcohol consumption and determined us to initiate this project. Our school mates encouraged us, and the impact on the community was noticeable.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
During research for the project we acquired team-working skills, patience, conscientiousness and found out new information that amazed us and made us understand much better an actual problem that affects the world. Living in a community with a large number of alcoholics, we hope that our project will make people understand that alcohol ruins their life. Our research has revealed that the number of students that consume alcohol is ,sadly, high in our school and we also found out that these students had no problems with their parents concerning alcohol consumption. We think that in our community there is a negative mentality which we hope to change in time.