1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
To complete our project we used: library resources such as computers, books, internet, online databases, newspaper and periodicals, digital cameras, scanners, recorders and telephones. Participants used computer software such as: Flash, Photoshop, Word and Internet explorer. All tools were very helpful and efficient in complementing and completing our project. All the above tools were provided at the library. Students had home computers with Internet access and use of the Google discussion group saved time. Computers were the most valuable tool and lacking such a tool would have meant non-participation in the competition. Internet access was the most useful technology that the group utilized, as it facilitated team communication.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
As the team consisted of students from different schools, they started to discuss the idea of the project with fellow class mates who joined in the search for information which further encouraged others to search and find solutions for beach erosion in Alexandria. Parents also showed enthusiasm, as they tried to help their kids in gathering information from specialists in the field. Most of the people that saw the project were impressed with the idea and with how our team organized the work with a deadline of 3 weeks only. It was a great challenge to finish on time.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We hope that our project will help in saving the environment not only in Alexandria, but the world over. Our mission is to raise environmental awareness, protect our society and discover how we can make better use of our environment. In our project, some information about our community is given, allowing others to understand and thus, help us save the world from erosion and global warming.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
As there was not enough time for asking others for assistance, we tried as a team with the guide of our librarians to understand what each member could do. Information was obtained through self-learning and team organization enabled tasks to be readied on time. Our gratitude lies with the library that gave us a great deal of support and also with Dr. Mamdouh Hamza, who provided us with wonderful photos about beach erosion in Alexandria.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
As Egypt is considered a developing country, we found that the students tried to educate themselves through reading and self-learning, without depending on the government for support or subsidiaries. Such dedication indicates the love they have for their country and the understanding needed to improve their environment for the better.