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 “Water, source of health”. Water has a very important role in human society and its influence on our lives is tremendous. Therefore, preserving the quality of water is of utmost importance. We discussed with the school's doctor and decided to organize a manifestation that could help us inform our colleagues about the dangerous effects polluted water has on our health. In this process we had the support of the school board and of our colleagues.
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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Although our chemistry teacher helped and supported us, problems still occured. We all know that working in a team can be entertaining, but sometimes also difficult. We had also problems activating the Web Page. Some inconveniences appeared also when making the experiments. It was quite difficult to keep track of all the data we received from our determinations.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
This project started as an experiment, as a simple idea that no one of us saw as a success, as something that could be realized. The impact on some of the students and teachers couldn’t be neglected.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Working in a team, we developed our social skills and learned how to organize such an activity and a lot of new things about our health. We also had the opportunity to use the foreign languages learned at school. Our opinions were not always the same, but we tried to take into consideration the opinions of all team members.