CyberFair Project ID: 1839

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: A visit to Pasquini Museum
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Colegio 2 Armada Argentina
    S.S. de Jujuy - 4600, Jujuy, Argentina

5 students, ages from 15 to 17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 30, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2002

Classes and Teachers: Mr. Jose Moreno ( technology) Mrs. Lemos (History)

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our province is called Jujuy, and is situated in the northwest of Argentina. This province has a population of over 600,000. The capital, San Salvador de Jujuy, is an urban community in the south of the province. The city lies in a valley watered by two rivers: Rio Chico and Rio Grande. The region presents many different types of climate, which makes the soil very fertile. In addition, there is a vast and rich cultural heritage from past and still existing aborigin groups.All these features make Jujuy an outstanding tourist resort in Argentina.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our Cyberfair 2002 entry A Visit to Museum Pasquini, was created to record both some details of the samples in exhibition, and the work carried out by Grupo Yavi on behalf of our community’s knowledge of ancient cultures. We were told, shown and taught about the oldest tribal societies that inhabited our province long ago. In consequence, we have, on the one hand, registered the Museum activities, and on the other, we have attempted to draw a comparison between some weird aborigin traditions and our present customs.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Our school computer lab has been working since 1994, and is administered by a computer engineer with the help of three assistant teachers. The school computers range from donated PC’S operating on DOS to newer computers operating on Win . The lab offers a choice of courses for students and teachers, and the community as well.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We had to face some difficulties. In our country we have vacations from january to March, so that it was difficult to gather all the group members during this period. We also had troubles defining the topic of our project, since there were as many ideas as students were. The discussions about the topic would be endless, but in the end we managed to arrive to team consensus. Another obstacle was members’ attendance and commitment to the project. The closer the finishing date was, the smaller the group of students became. However, a fixed team was assigned the whole task, so that the project would see the light. We realized that some of us had skills for diferent tasks, so we needed to organize the tasks for everyone to be helpful. For example, one student with the highest computer background was like the lead designer, and he helped the other members. Two other students were very good at graphic design and video, and the only girl at the group was responsible for the writing and final layout. Teamwork and motivation helped us to achieve this goal, and we now know that we are ready for new challenges.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This project taught us how to work in a team but we also learned many history lessons. We learned many key issues at the time of doing a real life project: respect for each and every student´s job follow the leader advices the real meaning of a deadline responsibility for the deliverables

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

The project is closely related to the school subjects, because it deals with the history of ancient people that used to live in our province. But we also learned how to design a project that could help other students to learn more about our history and region. We became skilled internet researchers and also had access to the behind the scenes museum tasks like reconstruction techniques applied to objects found in the excavations.

Project Elements

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

We took notes in the Museum, and wrote our drafts in class. In making this project, we used: FrontPage, Word, Photoshop, Flash and Power Go. We used 5 Pentium computers with Internet access. We found very interesting the software Power Go for doing the videos. With this tool we did the skull deformation and in that way we could see how a person could look with those kind of deformations. Simulation tools like the software Kais Power Go are very useful to study body deformations.

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

We went to the Museum where we interviewed specialists in aborigin cultures that inhabited the province of Jujuy long ago, and we learned about their characteristics through ancient objects found in excavations. This task enabled us to make such an interesting topic known through the web or e-mail.

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

The project enabled both students and school teachers to work as a team alongside members of the community, so that every single person could share his / her knowledge and abilities. We are positive sure that the page will be a good chance to make the museum and Grupo Yavi’s intense work known to people from different cultures.We hope to have a favorable impact on our community, though we are sure to know this when the project be made known. We also hope this work will contribute in the development of web pages or projects by other schools.

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

We actually had great support form the lab asistant Emma Paredes and from professor Martearena who helped us with the translation. Many people at the Museum contributed in developing our project, since they provided the basic information about the museum. Besides, we were helped by our History Teacher, Mrs Lemos, who taught us about aborigin cultures and was always by our side. Our thanks to all those people who supported and help us to post the final project on the web

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The project gave us great satisfaction.What we found out was that we had never heard of archaeological excavations in the heart of our city, and so close to where we live. This was really surprising, because there are quite a lot of specialists devoted to research work on ancient civilizations. Besides, Dr Jorge Kulemeyer gave us a friendly talk about the findings displayed in the museum and about the tasks carried out by Grupo Yavi. What really called our attention was the sight of the distorted skulls in the occiput, which as the archaeologist told us, it was an aestetic custom within the aborigins and some people believes this deformatino was done in order to show order to show their caste or nobility in their culture. It was fascinating to learn more about our ancestors and to conclude that there exist a great many stories worth listening to.


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