1. Description of Our Team
We are Zoe S. and Genea B., two girls attending a small Native American charter school on a small reservation in New Mexico. One of us is Anglo, the other is Native, and we are both in the school's Gifted and Talented Education program. In fulfillment of the program's requirements, we chose Doors to Diplomacy as our global collaborative project. We chose Doors to Diplomacy because it gives us opportunities to be creative in many ways while we can at the same time bring some benefit to the world and humanity. We might even earn a scholarship at the same time!
2. Summary of Our Project
The purpose of this project is to let people know about how cloning can benefit the world and society. It's also about how cloning is bad for the world and unfair. It's supposed to express different viewpoints on cloning,as well as allow an opportunity for others to express their different viewpoints. This project is going to alert people about how cloning is beneficial to our moving forward, and how it is also unfair and damaging to humankind. We want people to know how eugenics will help us with many problems such as finding ways to eliminate birth defects. But we would also like people to consider the bad side of eugenics and cloning. We think our project will benefit people by helping them if they need to know about stem cell research and cloning. We think that our Web site can do some good because many people do not know what stem cell research is and how it works, or what eugenics is, and we think we can help people to understand these sciences more.
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
We had a late start on the project because of problems with registration. Then once we finally started, there were problems at the Web site (Global SchoolNet). After that, there were problems here at home with our server. Finally, we have had problems uploading this project narrative. All our problems are technical. We are hoping, hoping, hoping, and praying to the god of computers.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The Doors to Diplomacy project is a great opportunity to experience multidisciplinary learning, global collaboration, and intercultural relations; and it makes our school and community proud of us!
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This project addresses the following themes within the National Content Standards: Time, Continuity, and Change (cloning history, eugenics in history); Individuals, Groups, and Institutions (sources of controversy over cloning and eugenics); Power, Authority, and Governance (legal issues surrounding cloning and eugenics as well as major movements related to eugenics); and Science, Technology, and Society (cloning, eugenics, the overlap of these with technology and the ethics concerned with this). The project also addresses a number of standards within the school's language arts, social studies, science, and technology curricula. We learned how to build a Web site using an Internet-based site builder. We also learned to use html, but didn't use it at the site. We learned a lot about cloning and eugenics and have even talked about these things with our friends.