1. Description of Our Community
Singapore is just a small insignificant dot on the globe. However, Singapore is home to about 4 million people and HDB (Housing Development Board) flats. In addition, Singapore also houses many special places that draw tourists from all over the world.
Being a tropical island, the never-ending summer provides relief for those who live in temperate countries during winter. In Singapore, there are many beaches that people flock to during the holidays, but perhaps the most popular one would be the island of Sentosa.Besides the beaches, people, joggers and nature lovers in particular prefer the quiet tranquility of the nature parks all over Singapore.
Even with such fun outdoor places, some people still prefer to enjoy some air-conditioning and the Arts. Not to worry, Singapore’s Esplanade – Theaters by the Bay is here to help. There is also the Science Centre where one can explore the mysteries of science in a fun and interactive way.
To sum it all up, Singapore has something for everybody.
2. Summary of Our Project
Some people do not know that Singapore is a place on earth while some think that it is a part of China. This shows how some are ignorant about Singapore. The aim of our project is to educate foreigners about what Singapore has to offer and help advertise the lesser-known attractions to locals or those that have visited Singapore.
To do this, we have included short descriptions and pictures on many of the man-made and natural attractions in Singapore. Although our project has included many attractions, the main focus of our project is on Sentosa and the Esplanade. We chose Sentosa because it is the most popular and the Esplanade as it is the latest addition.
Together with the attractions that already exists, our group has come up with some that we think is novel and increase the number of that visit Singapore. One of our plans even intends to add even more colour to this small little island.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
In the course of this project, the only main problems we had was that we had no idea how to use the software and had only about a week to complete our project. It was easy to get around the first problem because all the students needed was someone to teach them the basics and be open to questions. The second problem was not as easy to tackle but not impossible. Firstly, the students carefully shared out the work and did the research as homework. After that, all they had to do was come back to school and piece their project together like you would a puzzle.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The participation of the students has meant a lot to them as it has enhanced their friendships and at the same time open channels of communication with their teacher-in-charge.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, the teachers focus a lot on interdisciplinary work. This means that we use skills that we learn in some subjects and apply them to another area. Every year we do a ‘subject’ known as interdisciplinary project work. This project usually involves a lot of research. This CyberFair project helped to hone our skills in research.
Another subject that was addressed is English. In our English tests, there is a section where we have to do a summary. In doing this project, we had to summarize large amounts of information in order to bring across clear and simple information.
Some new skills we picked up are those we used when using Macromedia Flash. We also practiced group concepts such as everyone has a role to play and nobody should shirk their responsibility. Another concept we practiced was good communication. As we did our research at home, we needed to know who was doing what and if someone needed help in completing her part of the work. All this involved good communication skills and planning.
Our school emphasizes a lot on the need for a holistic education. This project fits in perfectly because we did not only use our academic intelligence. We picked up some skills along the way and even learned how to use new software. While doing this project, we also learned more about each other and this improves the way in which we communicate with people and may help when we go out into society.
We find that using the internet is not any better than traditional methods but it is able to capture students’ attention better than traditional methods because of its novelty.