Robert Panoff, Bob1, opened the workshop with an introduction to the Shodor experience, future possibilities for the students with the Foundation, and the web journalism that would take place behind the scenes. From Bob Gotwals, Bob2, took over, stating the rules for the workshop and a little bit about the business side of Shodor. He then gave the floor to Eric, who briefed the students on the course and introduced the staff.
The students' first problem was to define what a scientist does. The answers were quick and accurate, and the idea of a scientist began to evolve as more students gave their input. The next activity was done in groups of three. Each student would interview the other two students, and take notes on information like name, age, and the amount of experience that they had with the internet. Then each group presented its members to the class, with a rating of their "net savvy" on a scale of one to five. Monte, an intern, then introduced not only the internet, but also email and "netiquette". The students also learned how to use their own email accounts here at Shodor. They tested these abilities by sending email to their groupmates. Another topic that was discussed was how the internet works. The students learned about routers, servers, and packets, and actually played out these parts as part of an activity.
The final activity was a discussion of what makes a good scientific website, and then visiting one. BAD(Basic Aircraft Design)-Web, the site visited by the class, takes different aspects of an airplane like the number of passengers and the engine configuration, and allows people to alter them. It then tests the settings to see if the plane can fly from SanFransisco to New York. Email reports closed out the day's workshop.
Last Update: June 14, 1999
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