CyberFair Project ID: 4881

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Stem Cell Research and the Controversy
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Foshay Learning Center
    Los Angeles, CA, USA

3 students, ages 17-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005, 2006, 2007

Classes and Teachers: L. Aaronson, Jose, Jackie, Victoria

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our team is composed of three members; Jacky, Jose and Victoria, we are all 17. We thought that we would make a good team because of different skills, we are all skilled in one certain area of the project. Working together as a team, we simply combined our work, and created something unique. Jose’s skills lie in creating a webpage from our creative minds. He took care of uploading all of our information and made sure that everything was running smoothly. Jacky is extremely well at finding information and converting it into appropriate content for our webpage. She took care of the all the content in the website, except for the time line. Victoria is skilled at graphic design, and created the web page’s buttons and photo gallery’s flash, found appropriate pictures for the webpage’s layout and gallery. It was easy to see what jobs each one of us should do: Jose became the programmer and producer, Jacky the writer and editor, and Victoria the graphic designer. Our coach was Mrs. Aaronson; she gave us her guidance through out the project. She told us what we needed for the webpage, such as content and resources. She provided us with cameras and tapes, to do our documentary for stem cell research, and taught us how to edit the video and so on. We are glad that she did help us, because if she didn’t we wouldn’t know what to do or how to begin.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project discusses the controversy surrounding stem cell research. The biggest controversy has to do with the agreement that stem cell research is unethical. The controversy is so great that it has made all way to the Supreme Court. Religious groups argue that the process of stem is equal to that of abortion and that it should be banned. The process of stem cell remover and abortion do both involve fertilized embryos, but the processes are very different. The process of stem cell remover involve a fertilized embryo that is going to be thrown away, or donated from adults whom can’t have anymore children. The process of abortion involves a fertilized embryo that can still develop into a human being, but is not wanted. Embryonic stem cells are taken from fertilized embryos that were intended to be discarded.

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

One of the biggest problems we had to overcome was trying to find a doctor and a priest to interview for our documentary that’s on our website, and when we did get an interview with a priest we sadly lost the footage and it was very difficult to schedule a new interview. A other problem we faceted was time management, we had problems balancing our extracurricular activities and getting this project done.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We are very interested in the subject of stem cell research .We found the project to Be very enlightening and electrifying.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

We did research in our history class and worked on the website and video production in our technology course. We learned video and editing skills, and we combined 3 years of technology skills into this production. We now rely almost completely on reasearch done on the Internet.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

The tools and technologies we used to complete our project was a digital video camera to firm a documentary, macromedia Dreamweaver to create our website and a three IBM computers.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We had to create a presentation presenting our project to our class, I feel that we had to be short of spokespersons for stem cell research information , We also feel we had to be spokespersons when trying to get interviews for our documentary.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We had to ask a doctor for interview and one of a team member piaster for their thought on stem cell research so they were very helpful and happy to help.


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