Goals & Audience
This website can be used by anyone who is interested in learning about transportation. No matter what your age, there is most likely new information for you to learn about on this site. If you like to travel, you'll probably love the Weird & Wonderful section. If you're interested in transportation history, you'll enjoy the historical pages on History of Bicycles, Early Flight, History of Ships and Boats, Snowshoes, Steam and Diesel Train Engines, and much more. And if you're interested in the future, you'll especially like the pages on the The Skycar, and the X-Hawk. We also have lots of Activities for those of you who learn better by playing games.
Our major site goals are to provide information about:
We are an international group of students from Roosevelt School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA and from Buna Tce, Nuriootpa, Australia. Our group worked together from October, 2004 until April, 2005 to create this web site. We are members of a school group called the Web Weavers. We chose to create a site about transportation, because we were interested in learning about the history of transportation, modern day transportation, and transportation prototypes for the future. Our goal was to create a website because we wanted to make the Internet more useful and interesting for other children. By creating this site, we hoped that people will gain knowledge about transportation just like we did. We chose to enter our site in the ThinkQuest competition, since their library is used by people of all ages around the world.
It was really great to have a team with members from two countries and cultures. It made us realize that there are unique forms of transportation in different areas of the world. This idea led to the creation of our the Weird & Wonderful page. Those of us from the US learned about different types of transportation found in Australia, and our Australian teammate learned about transportation in the US. For example, those of us from the US had never ever heard of camel trains or Cobb & Co., and now we know they were an interesting part of Australian history.
There were many challenges that we faced while creating this site. Many of our problems were solved by working together. First, we had to learn to use a web editing program. We helped each other when we ran into problems. While we were creating our site, there was another team creating their site at the same time. One of the best parts was the way everyone helped everyone no matter which team they were on.
Everyone on our team did their own research and created their own web pages. We also divided up some of the work, because different people had different interests or abilities. For example, Taylor created the slideshows because she did some traveling and took pictures of her vacation to share on our site. Leo already knew how to use Flash, so he created our Flash introduction and the clip art of the transportation vehicles. Every member of our team worked really hard. It was hardest for Abbie, because she lives in Australia. All our communication with her was through email. She wrote her pages, and then we turned them into web pages and uploaded them.
There were many other things that helped us along the way. For example, our coaches gave us lots of advise and help. Our classroom teachers allowed us to spend extra time working on our sites. Our parents also helped us with our writing and researching at home. We also spent time reading the ThinkQuest rubric and looking at other sites. We put a lot of effort into this site, but we think it was worth every second!
Copyrighted images of maps from "Microsoft Office Online" <http://office.microsoft.com/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us&cag=1> (October-March, 2004-2005). Clip art available only to licensed users for non-commercial purposes.