Cyberfair Project ID: 7066

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Dare to Dream: Master of Woodworking—Zheng Bang-jia
Category: 1. Local Leaders
URL: http://librarywork.taiwanschoolnet.org/gsh2012/gsh7066/
Bibliography: http://librarywork.taiwanschoolnet.org/gsh2012/gsh7066/bibliography.htm

School: New Taipei City Fuhe Junior High School
    New Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

8 students, ages 14 worked together to complete this Cyberfair project on March 12, 2012. They have participated in Cyberfair in the following year(s): 2008

Classes and Teachers: Lai Shih-Jung, Chiang Min-Hsuan, Zhang Xin-Ying

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Our School's Web Site: http://www.fhjh.ntpc.edu.tw/

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We are students of New Taipei City Fuhe Junior High School. We live in Yonghe District, which belongs to New Taipei City in northern Taiwan. It has the highest population density in Taiwan, with over 41,300 people per square km. Yonghe is adjacent to Taipei City, the capital city of Taiwan, so it is prosperous in its economy, transportation, education and multi-cultures. It is also famous for its “soy milk”, and breakfast stores advertising 'Yonghe Soy Milk' can be found all over Taiwan and even overseas. Our school is the largest junior high school in Yonghe District, with 3,700 students and more than 300 teachers. In addition, There is a community university located right in our school.The interviewee of our project, Mr. Zheng Bang-jia, was a student of Yonghe Community University and now a lecturer who teaches woodworking.

2. Summary of Our Project

The project aims to illustrate the spirit of “Dream and Unite” by spotlighting a local master of woodworking—Zheng Bang-jia. Through several interviews and meetings, all project members learned valuable lessons from Mr. Zheng’s life experience, philosophy, and his DIY woodworking courses. That is why we want to introduce Mr. Zheng to the whole world, for everone who knows him will surely be deeply moved by the dream builder.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

For the team: At school, we use the computer classroom, with Windows 7 working system, connecting to Taiwan Academic Net through T1 Line. For individual: Each member has a PC at home with ADSL, so more tasks can be completed with better efficiency. The teachers use the computers provided by Academic Affair Office.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Deciding the topic: We spent a lot of time deciding the topic and major structure of our project because we would like the project to be closely related to our community and our daily life experience so as to best illustrate the CyberFair theme. 2.Uniting the team members: Our team members came from different classes, so we could only use the time after school or holidays to work together. At first, we were not familiar with each other. But as time went by, we gradually cooperated well with each other and our teachers’ patient guidance helped us to overcome problems with efficient teamwork. 3.Limited background knowledge: The topic of the project—woodworking— was something that all members had never had personal experiences before. Therefore, we had little prior knowledge about woodworking and even about how to conduct interviews. But during the process, we became to learn more and more about Mr. Zheng’s valuable experiences and we learned how to do interviews thanks to our teachers. Therefore, we would like to thank Mr. Zheng and our teachers for broadening our horizons.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

From Mr. Zheng’s life experience, philosophy, and his DIY woodworking courses, he taught us that we should “Dare to dream, and be dedicated to making our dreams come true.”

6. How did your activities and research for this Cyberfair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Our project was closely related to school subjects like computer, Chinese, math and art & humanities. We also learned and applied multiple skills which could be categorized in three domains: 1. Cognitive domain: Before doing interviews, we collected and studied plenty of data about woodworking so as to have a basic understanding about this art. 2. Psychomotor domain: We learned how to set up and design a website, how to process images and edit the content of our interviews. When experiencing the DIY woodworking course, we used our math knowledge to measure and cut the wood and learned to design and create our own woodwork. 3. Affective domain: The project inspired us to look at our community with a whole new perspective and also it helped cultivate our sense of beauty and positive learning attitude. We also learned from Mr. Zheng that we should dare to dream, and make every effort to realize our dreams.

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Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your Cyberfair project?

1. Hardware: telephone, Yahoo Messanger, email:to contact with the interviewees and project members. 2. questionares, oral interviews:to collect data and information. 3. digital camera, vedio, and pen recorder:to record the image and voice. 4. USB:to save backup files. 5. scanner:to scan files. 6. printer:to print documents. 7. books and websites of Yonghe Community University:to refer the information 8. Software: PhotoImpactX3:to edit pictures SWiSH Max, Namo, Word:to design the webpages, Microsoft Office:to produce documents FileZilla:to transfer files

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Cyberfair project both on-line and in person.

There are various courses available in Yonghe Community University. Our project members play the role of “ambassador” to visit Mr. Zheng’s colleagues, students, and the staff in the community university. Mr. Zheng’s colleagues are proud of him because he devotes himself to benefiting the society and he’s always humble and thankful to everyone around him; his students think his classes are interesting. He cares about individual differences of students, and he always teaches them the process of making woodcrafts with patience; the staff members in the community university consider Mr. Zheng to be a modest and polite senior. He studies very hard and after class, he even serves as a volunteer in Fuhe Junior High School. Our project is highly recommended by the interviewees who generously helped us a lot. In this project, we are “the ambassadors” that have to let the residents of Yonghe know the “Master of woodworking, Mr. Zheng Bang-jia.” He is always responsible and trustworthy that he does his duty and asks nothing in return, just like what Mother Teresa said, “Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” We could gain happiness if we help someone really in need. This project teaches us to do our duties and develop the sense of responsibility to serve people.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

The project has a great influence on us. Mr. Zheng is so optimistic and enthusiastic and he helps everyone in this community university a lot. He's not only a lecturer of woodworking here, but a dedicator of spreading the seeds of gratitude and giving a hand to those people in need. The power of “gratitude” is amazing. One could be happy by learning to be thankful. Happiness lies in contentment, and the one who devotes him or herself to helping others is definitely the most fortunate person in the world.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

There are various courses available in Yonghe Community University. Our project members play the role of “ambassador” to visit Mr. Zheng’s colleagues, students, and the staff in the community university. Mr. Zheng’s colleagues are proud of him because he devotes himself to benefiting the society and he’s always humble and thankful to everyone around him; his students think his classes are interesting. He cares about individual differences of students, and he always teaches them the process of making woodcrafts with patience; the staff members in the community university consider Mr. Zheng to be a modest and polite senior. He studies very hard and after class, he even serves as a volunteer in Fuhe Junior High School. Our project is highly recommended by the interviewees who generously helped us a lot.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Yonghe Community College is not large but it a treasure- house full of knowledge and arts. By doing the project, we learned that if we could pay more attention to people and objects around us, we would find that everything is interesting and novel in our daily life. Also, we realized that there are still a lot of tresures in Taiwan waiting for us to be discovered. It is a grand mission for Yonghe Community College to fulfill developing potential and self-realization. Although Mr. Zheng was born in a poor family, he wants to contribute what he learned to the society. We are moved and admire him for his generosity and devotion to helping others. Mr. Zheng supports environmental protection by reusing natural resources. He reuses the wood in order to save the earth and leave a more beautiful environment that can be gifted to our offspring. Through his hands, plain wood becomes whole new bookshelves and cabinets. It's really a nice experience for us to discover amazement in life by doing this project. We realized that one's value should not be determined by his or her external but inside of the heart. We should always be thankful and devoted to our society.

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