AndiW.C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
AritraW.C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
AbdallahW.C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
ShaunW.C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
RehmanW.C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
RubinW.C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
19 & under
Varun KumarW.C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
Katherine FloriW. C. Bryant HS, NY, United States
Computers & the Internet > Operating Systems
Online Activity / Game
Video / Sound
The team worked very hard to create a visually appealing and coherent website. All the ThinkQuest members belong to the W. C. Bryant MOUSE Squad, so the transition was effortless. Because we have known each other for several years, we know each other’s strengths. Therefore, each team member strove for perfection in his assigned element. Problems were solved by sharing knowledge in different topics.
Each team member brought a different skill to the table. Aritra Datta, who is also our Project Manager, has amazing web design skills. His incredible talent, coupled with his exceptional experience with Flash, Photoshop and Dreamweaver was a tremendous help to the creation and design of the site especially that dummy image on our home page. Rubin Taipi and Shaun Lee are both very talented in Dreamweaver. They helped Aritra with ideas as well as the creation of various images throughout the website.
Abdallah Shuaib was responsible for the content of the site, and he did a tremendous job in researching and creating many of the tutorials. Rehman Sikandar is our video expert. He played a major role in creating the videos for each tutorial. Andi Muskaj, the Team Leader, help keep the team on track. He facilitated many aspects of the site, such as the creation of tutorials, many of the writing sections, proposing ideas and leading the team in completing a well-built project within the parameters outlined by ThinkQuest.
Ultimately, we worked together as a team, and we worked hard. We demonstrated our skills and learned from each other and most importantly, we became better team players.
Diversity is one of the great advantages of our team. Five nations, Albania, India, Pakistan, Palestine, and the United States, contributed members. Therefore, myriad ideas and opinions about the appearance and function of the website were considered and discussed. Additionally, the diversity helped us to learn more about each other’s cultures and social mores, ultimately forging stronger, more lasting friendships.
One major discussion revolved around the look of the website. Each team member not only had different ideas, but different ways of expressing those thoughts to the rest of us. We each contributed color preferences and ideas to improve the site. Instead of choosing one person to make the ultimate decision, we worked together and reached a consensus. Working together we were able to incorporate all the ideas and opinions and ultimately build a better site.
Building a website has not been our only enriching experience. During the course of the year, as we experienced family weddings, funerals, births, religious holidays, and even each others’ expressions, we learned about each other’s beliefs, religious customs, family values, and social traditions. For example, we discovered that the typically American expression, “speak of the devil,” was offensive to our Arabic team member.
This experience has made us better and more knowledgeable as individuals. Further, it has created stronger friendships which we anticipate will be sustained throughout our lifetime.