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Preventive Medicine: The Science of Fitness
This website was produced for the 2004 ThinkQuest competition. The members of this site first met through district and county-wide Science Olympiad competitions. They are all students of the same school district, although they do not attend the same school. One member continues to attend the junior high while the other two members are high school students. One of the members competed in the Science of Fitness event in junior high. Her participation in this event set the groundwork for this project and inspired her to create a tool she would have valued using as a student.
Beginning in early October, each member researched the topics outlined by the Science of Fitness competition for Science Olympiad. One group member divided tasks among group members. Each member delivered information that would be edited and incorporated into the website. The following topics were divided among groups members: Anatomy, physiology, physical fitness, nutrition, diseases and disorders, treatments, exams, images and the final work used to combine all of the information into a website. Members reviewed each others work, gave suggestions and provided more information for broadening the scope of the site and identifying errors.
Regular group meetings took place weekly on Friday afternoons and many Saturdays between October 2003 and February 2004. Meetings were held at the junior high school, the local library and each group member's home.
Another significant feature of this site required group members communicate with Science Olympiad state directors to acquire past exams to include on this site. This feature is intended to provide students with a way to test their knowledge. Creating this segment of the site required that group members communicate through email with approximately 20 directors. Communication took place over a period of one month, beginning in October 2003.
This site is a tool that will be useful to level B students who wish to participate in this competition, many of whom may pursue science or medicine later in life.