1. Description of Our Team
Our team consists of Gil Seob (leader), Yi Jiang, Zhang Ming and Xi Rui. Our team consists of 15 to 16 year olds. We mainly joined together as a team as we believed that we believed that our topic is something which is truly relevant to our lives and should be further researched. Our project, Green Economy, was something which we truly believed in and we wanted to make a difference in the environment and the economy sectors. This project involved many different jobs. To start off, we had the job of making the actual website. For us, we had an IT specialist, Yi Jiang, who was very familiar with the use of technology, especially in terms of website development. He was also crucial in doing other jobs such as the video editing. Another job was certainly the gathering of the data. This was done by everyone in the group and for this, we decided to take specific sections for ourselves. There was the translating job. This could be efficiently done due to the different backgrounds each of us had. Gil Seob was the one doing the Korean translation due to his South Korean nationality and Xi Rui, together with Zhang Ming did the Chinese translations as they were very fluent with it. Furthermore, we also had our adult coach, Mr Eric Koh. He has greatly contributed in many ways. He firstly provided with some equipments such as the video camera which we did not have. Furthermore, he has given us advice on how to go deeper in terms of content and how to make the website more appealing such as the usage of the videos and translations.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project has the theme of “Green Economy”. This idea refers to balancing the ideas of Economy and the Environment sectors. This can be achieved through various ways such as cutting down on some things or choosing a “Greener” alternative. The purpose of our Doors to Diplomacy project is mainly to show what the situation truly behind the common facts is and show what can be done. We wish to reveal to the world what are the untold factors and what they can do about the environment instead of just talking about it and knowing about it. Through our project, we hope to inspire others to take action. Furthermore, we also want to stress the importance of doing this diplomatically. In the past, nations were on their own as they approached these projects. However, we truly hope to show that achieving a “Green Economy” is something which cannot be done by just one country and that it should not be done by just one nation. There is the need for a global action in which every nation must do its share of work before the environment changes in any way. By having such diplomacy, we believe that Green Economy can be achieved and may even replace the current systems that are not “Green” enough.
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
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Green Economy- just the idea that the current financially-stricken and environmentally-troubled world needs
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our project was on the topic of Green Economy. This rising issue deals with the scientific and geographical problem- the environment and global warming. This also deals with the idea of economics. These can certainly teach a great deal to the students who may be unsure as to how to connect these two very different ideas together. We also tried to better understand diplomacy and international issues. During the course of the project, we realized that diplomacy is very important in making Green Economy a success. The environment will not change greatly due to a small country doing its share of work in terms of reducing its carbon emissions. This is something which must be done throughout the world to have enough effect. As for the teaching and learning method, we truly believe that it may be more effective. In cases such as the Green Economy, by using the new methods, through a website, one can relate to many people globally at one time and reach out to many different types of people. Furthermore, it gives us the option to use technology such as videos. Through the usage of videos, one can certainly learn in a different way and one may be able to grasp the difficult concepts much more easily.