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.