1. Description of Our Community
Let us present a small Siberian town Uzhur that is located more than 300 kilometers from Krasnoyarsk, the biggest city of the region. The main industry here is agricultural products that are distributed all over the region. The best dairy and meat products are made here. The town is by the federal way connecting regional capital Krasnoyarsk with the area of beautiful lakes. A lot of people driving through the city in summer to get to them. The city is developing into the future but at the same time keeping a lot of traditions from the past. We are in the middle of Siberia and Siberia is the heart of Russia.
2. Summary of Our Project
nspired by this year Cyberfair theme 'Envision and Unite' we decided to make a foresight research trying to figure out the future scenarios for our community. We ambitiously want to look at Uzhur in 2050 so that big trends in development would become visible. We understand that there could be different scenarios both positive and negative. So we engage our vivid imagination in thinking about any kinds of change that could happen with our community. To attract more community members to the discussion we organized a picture competition on the topic for younger students of our school and even interested children from other schools because in 2050 this will be there world and their city. We tried to make them think how can children influence the future to achieve the best possible scenario.
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:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The computers that the students were using at our school mostly have software that is rather outdated. As the school has no funding to update the versions to the new ones we decided to choose web based open tools.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
For many the students it was the first experience in web design and international project management. It took some learning to acquire research techniques and source citing ethics. Most of the students are under thirteen and they go to different public schools meeting for the project at the weekend. So it was their first experience in project team building. There is no material on the topic so students had to come up with all the ideas and create all the materials.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Imagining the future is something that helps us understand our present, past and themselves. As the world is getting global the trends in one community development has a lot in common with others. Our Future unites us!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
As our project is the Future of Uzhur the students learned a lot about research methods that can be applied for foresight research. For this project we managed to link local studies including local economy, ecology, architecture and urban studies. We managed to develop their skills of personal planning in the context of local community future development. When local studies are integrated with English and Web design it becomes more challenging and interesting for students. But he team had to learn a lot of new skills like web design and project planning based on the local studies. This task as well as the idea of “doing that for community” creates much better motivation for the topic itself.