Dharma, who has been working on the project for the past two years, said learning Chinese has spurred an appreciation of the country’s culture, history and place in the world economy.
“China is a very popular country,” she said.
The website – sites.google.com/site/katelyndharmasilveraward – features English/Chinese translations of basic words, from types of food to parts of the human body. It also features a pdf option for those wanting to copy the characters or take notes.
“We wanted to educate and empower children,” Dharma and Katelyn wrote on their website. “Since we both love Chinese, we decided to teach the basics of Chinese to America (or anyone who speaks English).”
The site includes a video of the girls issuing an enthusiastic plea to promote their Silver Award project on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” It also features a video endorsement from Vanessa Chambe, Michigan’s Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen, who promoted the website on her Facebook page.
Dharma and Katelyn credited Emily Scheele, internal mobility specialist at Google Inc., and Tiffany Strickland, director of The Tech Challenge at The Tech Museum, with technical help and guidance.
“I feel happy about it,” said Dharma of the project. “I feel very relaxed now that the site’s fully functional.”
The girls, due to receive their Silver Awards Sunday, plan to travel to China next summer.
Dharma is the daughter of Tru Love and Stephen Stuart of Los Altos Hills. Katelyn is the daughter of Jamie and Ken Vi of Palo Alto.