Location: Connecticut, USA
Contribution: Research, writing content (specifically the “Humans and Water” and “Pollution” sections), scanning and editing pictures.
Bio: I first became interested in water and its importance after taking AP Environmental Science as a sophomore in high school. I found it fascinating that such a simple molecule (two hydrogens and one oxygen!) could provide the basis for all life here on Earth. In my Environmental Science class, I learned that water is a more vulnerable resource than we might think, and that its conservation and protection are becoming increasingly crucial in today’s society. I hope that through this website, I might encourage students around the world to take a more active role in defending their environment. Water is all around us, but we will have to work hard to keep it that way!
As for this competition, I became involved after Jihan asked me to participate. We have been friends since sixth grade, and we both have an interest in web design and computer graphics. A year ago, we became webmasters of our high school’s website, and I have tried to incorporate that experience into this project. Since Jihan discovered the competition less than two months ago, we have put in a great amount of effort over a very short period of time. Completing our website has been very rewarding, and it has inspired me to pursue web design as a hobby and perhaps someday as a career.
Location: Connecticut, USA
Contribution: Research, writing content (“Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems,” “Global Communities,” “Media/Interact”), scanning and editing pictures.
Bio: I have been interested in fish (and water) for as long as I can remember. Even today, I keep fish as pets. Like Brynn, I took environmental science in school. This subject introduced me to the more technical aspects of water, as well as the issues surrounding how humans interact with water sources in the world. I felt that this was a very interesting, relevant, and important topic for people to learn about.
My interest in web design dates back to seventh grade. In our Keyboarding class, we learned about the basics of web design, and I ended up learning more about it on my own. Since then, I have kept countless weblogs for myself in addition to designing websites for my school and some local companies and organizations. I learned about the ThinkQuest competition while I was browsing the Internet. This seemed like an excellent opportunity to bring together some of my friends and our interests. I contacted two of my friends from school and summer camp, as well as our coach, in order to put together a team that would work well to create this website. This competition has proved to be an excellent opportunity for us all.
Location: New Jersey, USA
Contribution: Layout, coding, proofreading and editing.
Bio: I like to create graphics and design webpages. I’m also in love with grammar, writing and typography.
Name: Christine Collins
Bio: I am a post-high school planning specialist at Wilton High School and the advisor for the Wilton High School webmasters. My team made my job effortless with their originality, knowledge, and thoroughness. I am proud of their accomplishments.
Racial: Two of the team members are Asian Americans. One is Caucasian. These differences, while not ones we considered until encountering this question, did influence our work. The environments in which we grew up had an impact on our lives and they way we thought.
Community: Two of the team members live in a different state and attend a different high school than the third one. Our communities have affected the way we think about certain issues, and had to consider differing points of view. Although each community is different, we took advantage of the resources our specific communities provided by enlisting the help of our coach, teachers, and friends. These people had their own unique perspectives.
International: In working together, we considered the perspectives gained from growing up in different cultural and ethnic traditions. Furthermore, we considered the international community by exploring issues outside of the United States and North America. Water is by nature a topic universal to all humankind, so we considered aspects such as the Aral Sea region, Lake Victoria in Africa, the Middle East, Mazunte in Mexico, and China’s Three Gorges Dam as well as the Great Lakes and the Everglades in the U.S. This allowed us to expand our knowledge and approach the topic with a more balanced outlook.Thinkquest Team "Fish," March 2005, Disclaimer and copyright information