1. Description of Our Team
The four members of our Doors To Diplomacy team are Matthew, Victor, Marvin, and Tim. Marvin is 14 and is from China. Victor is 14 and is BBC (British born Chinese). Matthew is 15 and is both Chinese and American. Tim is 15 years old and is from the Netherlands. We are four really good friends from SCIS (Shanghai Community International School) and decided to work together for the Doors to Diplomacy project. We are all very different individuals so it was a great idea to combine our minds together to create a website on 'health and environment awareness'.
2. Summary of Our Project
All of our group members live in Shanghai, China. As a lot of people are hopefully aware, there is quite a lot of pollution in China. Although it's not as bad in Shanghai compared to some other places, pollution is one of the things that we, as people, can do something in order to decrease the amount. We live with pollution every day and the sky in Shanghai is almost never blue. This is why we decided to do our project on Health and the Environment. Our website is a site that let's people know about the effects of pollution in our Health and Environment topic. We explain how the pollution is created and what it does to our health. We also include something on what we think might happen in the future. There is also a page that provides some brief information on the things that we can do to reduce the amount of pollution that enters our atmosphere every day.
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):
All of our group members have wireless connection to the internet. We have internet at school as well as our homes. The internet in our school is usually really slow. Because of this, it took longer for our webpages to load and for our work to get done. We did most of our work at home. One problem that all of us encountered with the internet is that the government of China has blocked several websites. We weren't able to access some sources of information, though we did find other sources and everything worked out fine.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The main problem we had with our project was building our website. At first, we had a hard time using the website that we chose to make our site. After spending more time on Wix and getting used to the site, we had a much easier time making the site. We overcame the obstacle by just being patient and looking at all the features of the site.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Participating in Doors to Diplomacy showed the members of our group the serious problems caused by pollution. Our community learned about why we need to change our ways and protect the environment.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our goal for the Doors to Diplomacy project was the provide as much necessary information about the 'health and environment' as possible. We wanted to let the people become aware of the environmental issue around the world. China has a terrible environment due to all the carbon dioxide emissions and pollution created by factories. We wanted to address this issue to the world as it is harming our world and believe that it should be resolved by protecting the environment. We learned how to create a real website (not like iWeb) and use some of our technological skills to change its layout or put some other ideas of our own into the web. By doing this project, we learned A LOT about this category of the health and environment because all the information really startled us, making us realizing how harmful human activities can be and how much it is affecting our natural environment. Our group is now aware of the reasons why our school community participates in numerous charity events as well as environmental organizations. It is because our community is full-on aware of this issue and would like to contribute by protecting our environment.