Clay Animation Station
Clay Animation Station is a culmination of approximately six months of hard and earnest work between two high school students and one middle school student with the help of two coaches. Everyone participating in this team is from Franklin County, Virginia. This project was submitted as an entry in ThinkQuest (1998), an annual contest that challenges students to use the Internet as a collaborative teaching and learning tool.
This project began when the head coach, Susan Montgomery, discovered ThinkQuest on the Internet. She thought that it was a wonderful program and immediately enlisted her longtime co-worker, Elaine Hawkins, as an assisstant coach. Together, they chose former students of theirs that had showed advanced technological and artistic skills to come together and create a team. ThinkQuest Team 22316 officially formed in late January of 1997, consisting of Amey Adkins, Justin Arner, and Tori Gronewald.
Once the team submitted the ThinkQuest application and had it approved, the hard work began. We immediately began the long haul of finding useful and credible resources, compiling data, and filtering through everything that we could possibly find. We also began contacting experts for more information over the Internet. Some we never heard from again, but the majority were very polite in returning some kind of information, whether they could help us or not. We have much gratitude and appreciation for these people, for without them, this site would not be possible.
Times were not always fun, and many times it seemed like the days just toiled on. Even still, all of the hard work and effort we put into this page is very much worth it. This website is the result of many long hours (and headaches). Under the guidance of our coahces, we have successfully collaborated on something we are all very proud of: the world of Clay Animation Station.