1. Description of Our Community
A rather small town in northern Romania, Radauti is part of the historical region called Bucovina, which is famous not only for its kind and hard-working in habitants, but also for the breathtaking sceneries you will find there. The citizens of Radauti think of their country as being more than plainly their residential area, but also a zone where outstanding leaders and models thrive, leaders that helped out community get through all the hardships they encountered throughout the time they've belonged here.
2. Summary of Our Project
The goal of this project is revealing some of the succesful leaders that have built up their careers from scratch, in most cases, guided us through changing our perspectives on everyday matters, and helped us extend our boundaries when it comes to creativity by thinking outside the box. Some of them are well-known leadership icons, some of them not as much, but despite an individual's popularity on the matter, we are inclined to believe that they are the downright best at their job. Due to the rather low amount of leaders in certain areas, we want to bring the fact that almost anyone can become one into the site's visitors' attention, waking up their sense of leadership, through presenting how others have built their way up and succesfully had an impact on various situations.
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
To begin with, our class’ profile, mathematics and computer science, is one of the most demanding profiles available to the Romanian highschoolers, both physically and mentally. That does not leave a lot of free time on our hands, and when it does we do make sure to get the most out of it. Before engaging in participating in this project, we did have a clear idea on what was to come, the extended schedules and fatigue that resulted from having to keep up to day with all our subjects, as we do have expectations to meet, not being able to assign all our attention to one project, regardless of its amplitude. Also finding accurate information was rather difficult, until our classmaster stepped in and provided us with her recommendations regarding safe sources, our main source being the Internet until that moment. Translating was one downright exhausting process, unlike coding, where our only problems were tuning everything up to work to our liking, because we had one translator and an enormous wall of text waiting to be processed.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
A recycle bin full of empty coffee cups worth of experience and fun.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In spite of the short time frame we allocated to the project due to our crouwded schedules, we tried to be as clear as possible when it comes to stating our purposes, and although at this very moment not a great number of people have been involved we do plan on extending to at least the local schools, presenting our ideas and hopefully planting the seed of leadership into the young minds. We did not learn any new skills, but greatly improved what we already had, mainly our designing skills and the stress really helped us work better under pressure, adding up experience and a better view on how things work around here.