1. Description of Our Team
Our team members consist of LeeZS, ChanDQ, ChiranMB and LiuTL. We are all 16 years old. We are mentored by Mr Esteban Juan Karplus, whom gave us ideas and help us vet our website. We did this project so as to inform audience about the impact science and technology has on international relationships. We had 3 students doing the research, one for each sub-topic, and one student working on the website.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is about science and technology and how they affect relationships between countries. The subtopics that we have come up with are Biotechnology and Global Health, Nuclear Technology and the Environment and Global Health.
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:1
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 encountered many problems during the course of our project. The first problem is that none of us could create a website, and thus, we have to learn how to create a website. Even though it is only one person doing the website, we all learnt together. The second problem is time management. We had to find time from our schedule to do our project, as we were not given extra time during curriculum to do on this. After school we also have our co-curricula activities, thus making it even harder to find free time.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Many people often take science and technology for granted, and also over look the impact science and technology has on international relationships. Thus we started on this project so as to inform the public on it.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We did this project together with our school's project curriculum, also known as Hwa Chong Institution Project Day, whereby we chose resource development and had to create a resource package. We learnt many new IT skills, especially on how to create a website. This would definitely be useful in our future projects and studies. The new content we gained about science and technology through this project would also help us and our school when we right our english essays, whereby science and technology is one of the topics tested. Internet has certainly made teaching and learning more accessible, as we can access it even at home, and we do not need the teacher to stand beside us to coach us anymore.