1. Description of Our Team
Our team consists of six members, four of which are students from different classes. We are Ata (17), Gizem (17), Melis (17) and Cenktug (15). We have come together in order to create our web site for a purpose which we believe in so much. Cenktug, who is the youngest among us, is our web designer. Every weekend, we have met and put what we have done throughout a week together on Cenktug’s PC. We have had the opportunity of seeing how our creative ideas looked on the screen when they are organized. In order to ease and organize our work, we divided our title into subcategories and made our research individually throughout the week in order to get ready for our cooperative meetings at weekends when we share and discuss each other’s findings. Our team coaches are colleagues in the English office of our school. They are Miss CIFTCI (23) and Mrs. AYDIN (28). They are the ones who raised our awareness on global issues by presenting the idea of this project to us. We were really excited and proud of being chosen as the ones who are seen as potentially responsible individuals to handle global issues and show this awareness to the whole world by our teachers. They have believed us and we hope that we will have done our bests to show their faith. They have helped us a lot in dealing with complex English texts, translations and they were always with us at the interviews, meetings, with institutions as our supporters.
2. Summary of Our Project
We start our way with our title: “The effects of global warming on human health and nature”. In order to do that, we should have understood what the global warming was thoroughly. So, we have made a detailed research for several weeks. When we came together, we shared our studies with each other. We had formed an idea about it. Now we could start deep research but before that we had decided what we would include on our website. Then, there appeared nine subcategories to be studied on. They were “Global Warming” in which we briefly described, “Effects” which we divided into two subtitles as “On Human Health” and “On Nature and Environment” which indirectly affects human health, “Solutions” in which we talked about what has been done and can be done for global warming, “Research” in which we included our sensible works for these projects such as our interviews with authoritative institutions; the survey which we applied to the people affected by a huge flood in our city. We think that this section is the most meaningful one among the others because it is the active part of our project. We were active during those studies. Next, we added “About us” part in which we described our team and our country briefly. We also added the “Project Narrative” and “Bibliography” part to our site. In “Image Gallery” part, we wanted to visualize our studies. We included “Contact” part in case someone needs to ask some questions or make comments on our project.
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:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The first difficulty for us was to come together since we are in different classes. We have 40 hours of lessons a week at school. That’s why; there was not enough time to carry out our studies at school. We usually met at break times and shared the work among us. At this point, our team coaches were our organizers to help us come together. They organized the time and helped us to share the work equally. They always checked out the site and made us aware of what we should do next. We gathered every weekend and studied for long hours to do what we could not do through the week because of not having enough time. Since we started this project, we have forgotten what holiday is because weekends are the only common free time for all of us. We studied for long hours together with our team coaches at Mrs. Aydin’s house. Secondly, in order to do our interviews, we had to travel long distances since our school is so far from the city centre. We worked with institutions and thus we should have been in contact with them all the time so it was difficult for us to arrange these meetings. Thirdly, Edirne has a cold climate in winters. In order to raise awareness among people, we carried our studies on the streets most of the time. So, it was really hard for us to resist cold. For example, one day in order to complete our questionnaire, we had walked and talked to people for five hours at -5C. We suffered from flu for some days.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
‘Sleepless but never hopeless for the world of future’ Since the first day we have been informed about the project the idea of representing our school, city and our country in an internetional basis with a product that we will create by our own efforts excited us a lot. In the middle of a catastrophe like global warming which interests the whole world, as the world’s youth, it helped us to discover how important it is to raise awareness starting from our nearby places towards the far away ones, from our city to our country and then to the whole world. Raising this awereness has been our basic responsibility. When we helped the public realise the importance of this issue, we all forgot about our sleepless nights, tired but dedicated weekends on the streets in the cold and the feeling of relaxation and inner peace filled us as we considered ourselves as the real protectors of the world of future.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
As we know, global warming is not a new topic for humankind. It has a long history but we have recently felt its effects such as severe floods, droughts, temperature rises and the increase in the sea levels. Since we have not been affected by it, we have not given enough importance. Recently, the alarm bells for global warming have begun to go. People’s lifestyles, industrialization, modern life standards have given rise to global warming. We have been already in danger because of the faults of past years. What about the future? Or will there be a future if things go on like this? “The Door to Doomsday” wanted to make a change in this issue. We have interviewed the institutions who deal with this subject. We have learned about what they do for this. By this way, we not only told about our project but also we gave an idea to them for future plans by asking questions.
Our school principals, as the school management helped us a lot but we needed the help of our city governance in order to have the people notice our project. We put up our poster in all official places and schools with the help of the City Hall. By this way, we raised awareness in the society. With the help of the Director of Education, we distributed this poster to all schools in our city and country. Everything begins locally in a small area but spans much larger areas. Local acts will lead to global results.