CyberFair Project ID: 7341

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Architect of Architects
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Istanbul Anafen High School
    Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

7 students, ages 16-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 16, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012

Classes and Teachers: Yildirim Zadikan

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community We are all high school students being in this project. Although we know each other well before the project we have worked together too much within project which has made our friendship come close. Especially, in our visits we have had many chance to learn about the project and recognize each other. We are grateful to International CyberFair for growing our knowledge and friendship!

2. Summary of Our Project

With this project, we have tried to understand Architect Sinan and his architectural works.We have also asked specialist in architecture before we have made our visits. Because of believing that the informations in internet and written documents are not sufficent to understand Sinan well, we have made this research. We have tried to support our web site with photographs and videos. But we believe that there are too many things that should be mentioned if you are talking about Sinan and his works. Next time we will try to search all details of his works and understand his intelligience.

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:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We didn’t have a enough time. We must search information fastly. So we're sharing duties. We want to visited Architect Sinan’s structures. But weather was too cold and we didn’t visited enough structures. Luckily we finished Project.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

In order to understand Architect Sinan, we must visit his structures. We visited his mosque, palace and bath. This tour is very exciting. We're learning information about Architect Sinan. We realize that there are so many treasures around us in our lives and neighborhood. While we're doing this Project, we enjoyed. Finally we are very proud of introduce for Architect Sinan.

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

Our website include a information about Sinan's buildings. When we researched for Architect Sinan, we went to libraries and we visited art historicals. We search information at internet. There was improved our learning ability. Our project concept: Our teacher give us some advice and we're pay attention. While we're doing this Project, we worked together. We sharing duties. While we're travelling, we asked the tourist about Arhitect Sinan. It was improved our self confident. When we use computer program to design website there is improve our ability to utilize information technology.

Project Elements

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

We used so many computers, in so many places (in our school, our friend’s houses etc.) Also we used cameras, telephones, a school bus for transportation, and libraries for knowledge. We went to ÇEKÜL foundation (The foundation for the protection and promotion of the environment and cultural heritage.) for the interview about Architect Sinan. We discussed with ÇEKÜL’s president ( Prof. Dr. Metin SÖZEN ) and the members. We took interesting stories from newspapers. Many kinds of programs were used by our designers and programmers. We learned many things about our history and architecture while preparing this project.

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

When we visited to ÇEKÜL's president as called as Prof. Dr. Metin SÖZEN, who is the most important person searching Architect Sinan and his buildings, he said that ' I'm so happy, because these students are searching information about Architect Sinan. The most of people don't know anything about Architect Sinan, who is the one of important person of Ottoman history. I hope you'll come to Sinan's birth celebration in Agirnas on April 9th. '

Metin SÖZEN always travelling many cities for historical research. We're so lucky to do oral interview with him.

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

Architect Sinan is the most effective architect in Ottoman history. Therefore we choose this genius individual and we aimed some considerations about this era. We show his works in our website and try to tell the world what his skills. So we thought this project is useful in this shape. Last of all we want to show you to our biggest architect and his great works.

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

There were many volunteers to help in our project. Our teacher helped us who knows information about Sinan’s life and construction. In Turkey, some foundations makes research about Architect Sinan and his constructions. For example ÇEKÜL foundation makes repair works Sinan’s constructions. They know everything about Sinan that what can they know. We had visited there to benefit from their information. They helped us to find scientific data about Sinan. They invited us Sinan’s birthday celebration in Kayseri. We will attend this celebration. The President of Turkey Abdullah Gul will attend too. There will be a presentation about Sinan’s life and construction.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We think that the past shows the way us about future . We have learned a lot of information while we were preparing this project. We have seen Sinan’s construction. We met him and his construction. He has a different architecture. He takes cognizance of building foundation. We listened legendary story about his architecture. We learned that architecture is a science requiring mathematics. Sinan has 365 constructions and it made us surprised.


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