The Making of a Team
The ThinkQuest team J0111704 was formed by Erin and Jessica.
Jessica and I thought about ThinkQuest over the summer and decided we wanted to enter the competiton again. So we first thought of who we thought would be good at creating a web site. We picked Tyler because he is good with computers, Grace because she is a good writer, and Janae because she is creative. Then we needed a coach, and we asked Mr. Rasner, and he said, “ yes”, he would like to be our coach. Next, we all met together over Christmas break and gathered our ideas, decided what was going to be in the site, how it would look, and the name of the web site. Once we did all that we wrote our propsal, and our entry was accepted. After that we started to create the web site.
How this Site was Made
Some of the programs we used were Adobe Photoshop 6.0, Adobe ImageReady 3.0, and NetObjects Fusion 5.02.
We took most of the images with a digital camara, and then we added special effects, type, or just touched them up in Photoshop. The homepage was created entirely in Photoshop 6.0. It took months to create each button and navigational bar and banners at the top of each page.
One of the Challenging Parts
The idea for the Web Scavenger Hunt came with only a few days until the contest deadline. The team
wanted to find a way to have users participate and learn along the way. It was also a goal to have some way to determine if the users in the scavenger hunt actually completed the hunt correctly.
The hunt insures that only players who succeed will be e-mailed back an awards page to print out .
Each time a player finds the correct item and clicks on it, a window will pop up with clapping, cheering, and balloons showing the point amount for that item. The player continues through to the last clue and then must total their points, upon which they are instructed to click on a “mailto” link which signals their web browser to launch the default email client on the player’s computer. The player then uses their point total as the address for the email and sents the email. That email is directed to an email box named after the correct point total (example email@example.com) so that any players with the incorrect point totals never reach the teams email box. As soon as the email arrives to the teams email box, an email autoresponder has been programmed to immediately reply to all emails sent to that box. The reply has a link to the awards page and the award certificate can be viewed or printed. Because the certificate is in html it will display in the players browser and can be printed in full color.
Promote the Use of This Site
The team has designed T-Shirts to wear that have a screen shot of the site’s Home Page covering the back of the
shirt and the sites URL on the front upper left corner. Team members plan to wear the T-Shirts to school and around to the community.
Also, the team will put out press releases to local and regional newspapers via fax and email once the judging starts. Team members have printed the sites URL using a color ink jet printer on business cards and will be asking friends and family to hand out the cards to people they know to promote the awareness of ThinkQuest and the teams site.