Although teams desire to create the most exciting (and sometimes visually complex) websites, please focus on fact-finding.
Remember, technical content rules! Once you have solid footing to justify
your community development project, you are then ready to work on the website, which includes the Opening, Team Profile, Teaming and Communication, and Design screens.
Opening Screen Requirements
The Opening (first)
Screen that must have your team's:
- COT Project Number, within this statement: "COT Project # (give
your team's COT number _____) was made for the 2009-2010
"Community of Tomorrow Program."
- project title.
- 50-word statement regarding the scope of the project
- school or organization and the state in which it is located.
- Your COT project should have at least six screens but not
more than 25 screens.
- Graphics, pictures, charts, scanned items, video and/or
sound are allowed if they make your team's project better.
All additional screens must have direct hyperlinks to:
- information important to the project, so that judges can
easily find it.
- For instance, do not use a hyperlink to the opening
page of a company's website when the information
you want to show is located under "Special
Projects." The hyperlink should go directly to
- original sources of facts, figures, graphs or pictures taken
from the Internet.
- Judges check the sources (using these hyperlinks) to
decide if the information is valid and conforms to
the content guidelines.
- other sites incorporated right into the text.
- Teams have made bibliographies (or Reference or
Credits pages) with all the links on one page. But
incorporated links let judges easily validate the
content and relate it to its Internet sources.
Team Profile Screen
The Project Team Profile Screen that provides the names
- students on your team (using only the first names and first
initials of the last names), but only if parents of the team
members, the teacher and the school administration approve.
- team's teacher and any other educational personnel who
provided assistance to your team.
- team's school or organization and the state in which it is
- any other people who provided support to your team (include
their title or relationship).
- team's technical advisor(s), and if your advisor gives
his/her approval, please also include:
If your team:
- the company or organization where he or she works,
- his or her position/title.
- has more than one technical advisor,
please include all advisors on this screen.
- is unable to find a technical advisor,
please include information on the team's
efforts to obtain a technical advisor, such
as e-mail sent, places contacted, etc.
Team Assessment Screen
The Team Assessment Screen must include:
- two 100-word paragraphs written by the team on what they experienced
- teaming and communication (how did it progress between: students, students
and the teacher, and students and the technical advisor), and
- community development (what did your team learn about working on a local project; developing a
needs assessment to justify the project and adhering to building design
The Design Screen that
must have a:
- visual representation that must:
- relate directly to Component Three - Task One of the
- involve a design that:
- provides a detailed pictorial
drawing, illustration, floor plan or computer-generated
image that represents your team's proposed
community development project,
- includes details outlining major
components/elements of the proposed project using
- must appear on the final project website in digital