1. Description of Our Team
??Simrin: 17 Shazarin: 17 ?Benjamin: 16 ?Perry: 16
??Our group was formed on an international basis, Benjamin and Perry originating from Singapore, and Sharazin and Simrin from Australia. The purpose of this was to develop a global connection - widening the aspect of Doors to Diplomacy and the international cause. Each of us had a variety of different jobs. Due to the access of IT facilities present in Australia at MLC School, Sharazin and Simrin assissted in the designing of the website and researched the Tasmanian Devil and The Great Barrier Reef. Benjamin and Perry were responsible for the research of the Pangolin and the South China Tiger. Each of us together formed the basis of the website and strung it together.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our website strives to spread awareness about animal conservation. With climatic impacts, pollution, urbanisation and other human impacts, animal habitats are being destroyed, thus causing many species to enter endangerment or even extinction. Our website will include a profile of animals from around the world which are in critical conditions and thus are in dire need of conservation. Through the help of zoo's around the world, simple environmental improvement and the spread of awareness, we can effectively save animals so that they maybe present for all future generations.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
At MLC School Burwood in Australia, for girls in grade 5 and above it is compulsory to have laptops. Each of these are connected to the wireless access at the school as well as access at home. ??In Singapore, each have their own laptops connected to internet connection also.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
There were only a few barriers faced, the main being those involved with communication on a global scale. Due to half the group being situated in Singapore and the other half being situated in Australia, communication had to be conducted via the net, specifically Facebook. Also a few issues concerning deciding a topic were present at first, however, after communicating this to both of our adult coaches, we were able to co-operate and come down to a decision.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
At MLC School, there is a passion for service and global intiative. We believe that it is important to spread awareness within the community and expand our horizons to a global scope. As part of the International Baccalaureate offered at MLC, there is a CAS component which must be fufilled. Therefore, to our school and community, Doors to Diplomacy is a project which is essential in the spreading of awareness and is a method of commpassion for our global community.
?In Singapore participation in Doors to Diplomacy has helped to create an awareness of animal conservation to the general public and especially the student population within the school.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
As part of the International Baccalaureate it is compulsory to fufil a Creativity, Action and Service component known as CAS as part of the curriculum. This project fufills the criteria of Service and Creativity due to the requirements of the project itself. Through the designing of the website, we have demonstrated skills in Creativity and through the spreading of awareness throughout the community, have we demonstrated a sense of Service. ??
In Singapore, as well as motivating learning, the project helps to achieve LEAP points and ACE points as well as spreading awareness and passion within our community.