I'm Andrea, a 13-year old girl and an 8th grade student in Oceanside Middle School. Like Barrie, I also made this through my Discovery class. Before starting this project, I knew little about any type of mythology. However, as the project progressed, my knowledge grew greatly. I am responsible for much of the coding of the site, having had a previous knowledge of web design. I also helped collect and create much of the information around the site, in particular the (exhausting) list of gods and goddesses. I worked on the site both during my Discovery class as well as extensively at home. Through my work on this project, I've learned lots both about site design and Egyptian mythology. I hope you did too!
Hey I'm Barrie, a 13-year old and 8th grader in OMS (Oceanside Middle School). I've always been interested in Greek mythology, so doing Egyptian mythology just seemed like a natural idea to me. Though I knew just a small amount about the magical world of Ancient Egypt, I soon learned a lot more. I am responsible for a lot of the researching pages and the basic typing, while my friends did a lot of the web design (though I helped too!). Like Andrea, I didn't just work on this page at school, I put hours of work in at home as well. I really enjoyed making this site, and I really hope that you like it as much as we do :). Bye!
Hi my name is Katie and I'm a 14-year old and a 9th grader. I've lived in Egypt, so I had a lot of prior knowledge that assisted Andrea and Barrie. I did a little on the Gods and Goddesses and did about 99% of the basic web layout. I also assisted in the text-only version of the site. I hope you enjoy this site! Bye!
About Our Coach
Throughout our project, Mrs. Morris, our Discovery teacher, was a constant help and supporter of our efforts. She first turned us on to the Thinkquest competition in November, and encouraged us to enter. She told us to make sure we picked a topic that we would find interesting and useful, and we certainly did. Throughout the project, she was an invaluable help. She provided us with sources of information, such as other teachers in the school that could help us. She also was very honest in her comments, and facilitated our project by giving us constructive criticism when needed, and plenty of support. We couldn't have completed this website without her.
About Our Team
The way a team works together can be just as interesting as the work they create together. This was certainly the case in the creation of this website. Probably the most interesting thing about our team is that only two of our members have physically met, Barrie and Andrea. Barrie and Andrea were the original "founders" of the project, along with a third girl who later had other commitments. Towards the beginning of the project, Barrie mentioned to Andrea that she had an online friend that could help us, Katie. After this, everything just fell into place. Barrie and Katie were constantly, almost daily, emailing one another on the work of the project. Meanwhile, in school, Barrie and Andrea worked on the project in their Discovery class, which met 1st period in the library every other day. All members also worked on this project at home, assisting in its timely completion.
About Our Work
The website we have created clearly took lots of research and work on Egyptian mythology and web design. However, behind the scenes, so much more than just Egyptian mythology and web design was being learned. For one, we learned about how information available on the Internet, unfortunately, can often be incorrect or misleading. This is clearly a problem, and one that needs to be corrected. Though this is something beyond our ability at the moment, it isn't beyond the ability of others. Maybe YOU could be one to help stop Internet misinformation. We also learned that in subjects such as mythology, there are often conflicting viewpoints on information, whether it is the spelling of a name or the years a god was worshipped. Throughout our research, we had to learn to sort through many sources, and develop our own conclusions. This is actually quite a difficult task, and one that people across the world, whether they are students or professionals, often have to complete. This is something that the team learned needs to be practiced and constantly worked on. One other skill that we improved upon during this contest was teamwork. We learned to communicate well with one another, and respect the ideas of others, even if these ideas conflicted with our own. We learned to compromise, and how to separate work equally and fairly. This was probably the most important skill we gained from this experience.