The History of The PEAS Project
The History of the PEAS Project

The PEAS pilot project was set up in five local schools to test the educational ability of electronic, Internet-based websites. A computer network will include Philomath, Eddyville, Alsea, and Siletz schools with common website designs. They have the ability to use the network from existing computers, whether they are Macintosh or IBM-compatible. The schools will be working on local Internet-based environmental science projects that are concerned with natural and cultural resources. Other schools, libraries, research facilities, and agencies can use these projects as a base for their own projects.

Students will be taught to evaluate the quality and sources of information they receive via the Internet. This goal will be accomplished by assisting them to prepare and place their own project findings on an established website. They will also learn to systematically search, organize, and document related information from other Internet websites.

The project consists of two parts:

The first part of the project will be to select a local environmental sciences project from a science class at each school and display the results of the selected project on a school website.

The second part of the project will be a Top 10 List contest. The contest will encourage all students at the participating schools to obtain and use an e-mail account. They will be able to use the PEAS website to view and then vote on their favorite entries. The ten entries receiving the most votes will receive prizes.

The PEAS project was conceived by the suggestions, cooperation, and support of the West Oregon Timber Supporters (WOTS), NW Maps Co., New Albion Multimedia, Starker Forests, and Pioneer Telephone.

PEAS primary objective is to initiate knowledgable use of the Internet and the World Wide Web as tools for instructions, research, and networking by teachers and students in participating schools.

The achievement of PEAS objectives will help demonstrate the importance and the feasibility of implementing the larger Oregon Websites and Watersheds project.

Oregon Websites and Watersheds Project

The Oregon Websites and Watersheds project is intended to provide a better, more current way to learn about forestry, farming, and wildlife management in Oregon using computers linked to the Internet. Websites on the Internet will provide information about natural resources in Oregon and SW Washington.

All types of information will be included such as written reports, maps, software programs, pictures, databases, sounds, and video. Individuals, schools, and other agencies will be able to use the website information for their own needs. Schools will be able to use the websites for their research and teaching projects, then create their own websites that outline their projects and results. These Internet websites will provide a valuable link among projects and their findings. Local science projects will focus on local environments, including the fields of geography, forestry, agriculture, water quality, fisheries, and wildlife management.

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