|Aloha! My name is Kristen. I live in Hawai`i. One thing that I like about living in Hawai`i is that it isn't very cold like Lake Tahoe and it's not very hot like California. My favorite part about being in ThinkQuest Jr. was drawing pictures for my summaries on our webpages. The hardest thing to do in ThinkQuest Jr. was to keep on fixing all the clay figures because they fell apart a lot. Participating in ThinkQuest Jr. was a good life experience. I hope that you liked our page and will tell others to check it out!|
|My name is Mason. I'm 11 years old, and I like to play basketball and I made the principals list. The thing I like about this project was the sound because we spent a lot of time and effort and we were successful. The least I liked about this project was when we had to make the clay. From this project I learned how to make clay animation and it was very fun. On my free time, I spend my time wisely doing stuff with my friends and playing paintball at Nimitz and Bellows. I can't believe we finished this because it took a lot of patience. I would like to thank the cast, Mrs.Higa and Ms.Kubota, for coming in and using their time to come in and finish this journey to success. Everyone was awesome.|
|Hi! My name is Larry. I like food, sleeping, and other stuff. My favorite foods are pizza, spam musubi, and french fries. I dislike carrots, spinach, and all other vegetables. My hobbies are playing video games, sleeping, and being lazy. I also like to go breakdancing lessons and soccer. What is fun about ThinkQuest is we had to draw and make things out of clay. What I dislike is making enough time for ThinkQuest and sports.|
|Aloha, my name is Melana. I am in the 5th grade and go to school on `Oahu. My favorite color is green and navy blue. I love sushi and in my free time play video games. My favorite sport is football. I go to all the games and have fun. What I liked about this project was making these web pages and stories about the characters. I disliked when the clay figures fell apart and we had to put them back together before they fell apart again. This project was exciting and challenging and we had a very fun time. I learned how to do a lot of new things on the computer.|
|My name is Natsumi. I go to school in Hawai`i. I am in the 5th grade. My favorite subject is math. My favorite food is Italian food, spaghetti, and chicken and beef. What I liked about this project was the sound. I liked the sound because at the end I can see all the hard work we put in the clay animation and movie and see how it turned out. What I disliked was that the clay figures were falling apart when we were making the movie. And so we had to fix them.|
Hello my name Is Ryan and I'm one of the boys on the ThinkQuest Junior Team. I'm in the sixth grade and enjoy playing baseball,
paintball and listening to rock music. I had a fun time doing this
project, and my favorite part was the clay moving to make our movie.
I liked it because we tried to make it look very realistic, even though
it takes time. What I really hated was finding info about myths an
legends. Why? It's because using the internet is not one of my strongest
skills. I would like to thank my fellow teammates for helping us to
complete this project even when it seemed so hard. I especially would
like to thank our coaches, Mrs. Higa, and Ms. Kubota for their time
to help us make this website successful. If it wasn't for them, we
would be lost. I really enjoyed this journey. I just hope we win,
hooray we're done.
I am so proud of our team. They are all students at Holomua Elementary, 5th and 6th graders. They were amazing! Most of them had little experience with Hyperstudio, NONE of them knew Flash, only ONE had every made a simple web page before. They learned how to use Dreamweaver, Hyperstudio, Flash, Quicktime Pro, BTV, iPhoto, iMovie, AND make their own backgrounds and images for their web pages. We, as coaches, had to push and motivate with pizza on the Saturdays we came in to work and almost EVERY day after school since October. (We started with just Mondays and Fridays, but quickly realized that wasn't enough, thus it became our daily after school routine.) We worked in the school's computer lab, thank goodness we have one, and our classrooms. We had a lot of problems getting our animated Hyperstudio stacks to display on the web (Plug-in problems with the newer browsers), so at almost the last minute we had to problem solve by learning Flash. We, as coaches, were brand new to Flash, but we wanted our team to have their animations shown. They were able to create three before we ran out of time. I was, and am, amazed at how fast they picked it up. Now if they could only teach me some of their neat tricks. =)
I can't believe we have actually finished this project! I thought it would never get done, especially when our Hyperstudio plugins wouldn't work, and we had to learn how to use Flash. It's a good thing the kids are really good at figuring these things out because I probably was of no help to them in this department. I'm amazed at how much they have learned and completed in such a short amount of time. They were so dedicated, especially at the end, and were determined to finish this project no matter what! I look forward to getting the opportunity to do another ThinkQuest project once we recuperate and get some relaxation. Hopefully we will win a trip to San Francisco and will get some relaxation there. =) Ha, ha, ha!
The working days.... (By the Wild Coconuts ThinkQuest Team)
The last couple of months we worked like maniacs and felt like we were actually going off the edge.
Here are the things that we had to do in ThinkQuest.....
*Do not, I repeat do not, slack off !!! You do not want to go crazy at the last minute. We concetrated so much on our clay animation movie, that we REALLY had to kick it in to high gear to get our web pages finished. Clay animation takes A LONG time!!!!
*We had to make some clay figures, Just make sure you don't grab the clay figure by it's head or the head will fall off and you will get frustrated and your coach and teammates will probably.... actually yell at you.
*We had fun making some of the games, we even started laughing ourselves.
*For the movie we all played different characters and sounds. We couldn't stop laughing at times, especially when Ryan was trying to sing the harmonies. But we must admit that his voice seemed to improve with practice. This why we had so many bloopers.
*For our myths and legends we drew pictures, and if you think that's hard, well it's a piece of cake... but some perfectionists took forever to make it "just right".
*As our group did this project we learned many interesting things...we learned about some of the myths and legends of Hawai`i that we had not heard of before; the difference between legends, urban legends (like our story about the No Face Lady) and myths; how to use many different programs on the computer, and make a clay animation.
*If you are going to use Flash, please don't remind me of that, REMEMBER TO SAVE!!!!! Here's what happened...We were doing our Flash project and it quit on us just as we were saving it and all our work was flushed down the drain and we had to do it all over again. One of our coaches was ready to scream!
*For our movie the "Water of Kane" we had to draw backgrounds and it looked really nice.
*We all learned how to create a web page and all helped creating our group's ThinkQuest webpages.
*Kristen became our resident expert at making banners, but luckily she gave us all a chance to try making a couple. She also became really good at using Flash. She was the one we turned to when we needed help with our writing and ideas for our pictures.
*Natsumi became our pro at iMovie and operating the controls. We turned to her for problem solving when things went wrong. She became our all around techie and became good at using Flash, adjusting tables and inserting images for our web page, and exporting and importing graphics.
*Ryan is our American Idol star who will never last through a real audition with Simon, (just kidding Ryan) although he thinks it would be fun if he is given the chance to try. He was fascinated with learning about the night marchers and was viewing the scary video over and over again, wondering if this actually happens.
*Mason was our perfectionist. Every little move and picture had to be perfect. He could spend days on just one small drawing. It's a good thing he didn't get too picky with Ryan's singing or we would never have finished our clay animation movie. Mason was fearless in making the various voices and sounds needed for our movie.
*Melana was our all around girl. She could do a little bit of everything...and did. She jumped from project to project until she got scolded and was told she needed to finish one project before moving on to the next, PLEASE. She tried to draw a picture, write about a legend, work on Flash, draw the backgrounds, and work on the webpage, all at one time! She finally got them all done one at a time. Talk about multi-tasking!
*Larry became our expert at putting our clay figures back together again as they would fall apart, especially after Melana would grab them by their heads to pick up and smash them down to stand. He also worked very hard at learning about Maui, drawing his pictures, and writing about the legends. He was a little shy about singing and speaking on the movie, but eventually overcame that to speak and sing a little.
All graphics including Hyperstudio images, banners, pictures, backgrounds, clay animation, and Flash animation were created by us, the Wild Coconuts ThinkQuest Team, EXCEPT for our buttons on our menu. The menu buttons were provided by Hee Yun at http://soback.kornet.net/~pixeline/heeyun/graphics.html Thank you Hee Yun! Our back animated arrow is from www.iconbazaar.com
All sound was created by us, the Wild Coconuts Team, excluding the music we used for our movies which is Royalty Free music purchased by our school, Holomua Elementary.
Dreamweaver, Claris HomePage, Hyperstudio, Flash, iMovie, iPhoto, BTV (for image capturing), Quicktime Pro, MediaBuilder