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The Glenforest ISTF team worked diligently throughout the duration of the program. We had a coordinator to keep everyone on track, but did not have a hierarchy system. This ensured an equal amount of respect and work effort from each team member. Ever since the team was established, we held regular meetings to brainstorm for a product, and as soon as the product was decided amongst the team, we split up to work on the separate components of the project. We were focused during the meetings and combined our project as a whole by means of communication via e-mail.


Communication within our team was very strong. Although it was sometimes quite difficult to have everybody present at meetings as a result of academics and other school activities, we were able to schedule early get-togethers to collaborate on our progress. On the other hand, communication with our technical advisor has been a very worthwhile process. As the director of a well-respected solar company, our technical advisor led us on the right track to what was possible in the future of solar technology. The ideas that were given to us were sometimes overwhelming, but overall, it was very beneficial. However, it would have been a major advantage to have had multiple technical advisors for our project, so that we could have the opportunity to gain a greater insight in the field of solar technology, and also not need to rely too heavily on any single individual for guidance.

Three Lessons Learned

The ISTF program gave us a great opportunity to test our teamwork skills, to identify and improve on our strengths and weaknesses, and to unleash our creative side. With teamwork and hours of dedication, we acknowledged the effectiveness of group work. The team also learned how to communicate more effectively and when to take on greater responsibilities. Throughout the process, we discovered our own strengths and weaknesses with regards to time management, thinking and understanding, as well as our creative talents. We learned to overcome our limitations as a group by sharing our forte with others – emphasizing once again just how important teamwork was. The unique idea of SolaRail was conceived thanks to our creativity, because we learned to encourage these visions of originality during the brainstorming sessions – creative minds are the minds that challenge the status quo, dream of exciting ideas and make new developments possible. The SolaRail project not only let us experience the thrills of working together, but it provided us with the fundamental knowledge of solar energy, and ultimately, a chance to explore the brilliant scientific knowledge that propels today’s society.


Glenforest Secondary School, Ontario, Canada
ISTF Project #02-541

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