CyberFair Project ID: 4353

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Miniature & Brick - Carving Artist Chen Forng-shean
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Hujiang High School
    Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

4 students, ages 17-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 17, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): None

Classes and Teachers: Huang Hsueh-Mei & Ku Yu-Jen

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

A city or a town is usually a defensive structure or simply a gathering of people. Time and location make difference. The “Xia-cheng town” located at Hsin-Dian of Taipei County, is an unique place. The town was formed by the start of a small gathering of people in about 1971, but now its population has increased to over 2,000. This community has a tendency toward having more aged people. Its volunteer service comprise mainly a “Life-long-learning” project.

At its auditorium, unscheduled learning activities are performed to put in action their life-long learning spirit. On late August, 2005, Mr. Chen Feng-hsien, a teacher and also the elected chief of the town, sponsored a periodical project to make 300 human figure brick carvings, allowing the town to promote to a model community of brick carving art and let the Xia-cheng town residents to live up their principle of “Learning in Daily Life; and Living with Learning”, by which they are prolonging the brick-carving culture.

2. Summary of Our Project

The Chinese Culture is abundant and meticulous. Its history is long and systematic. Its literature, music and arts all show varied national styles and represent the spirits of varied periods of time and most importantly the prime beauty of the Chinese culture.

Now, many traditional arts are gradually been forgotten and even lost. On this topic, we are going to make a research on the diminishing “Chinese miniature carving art” and “brick carving art” in the hope that our effort may give a push on the passing-on of the culture.

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:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Data Assortment: Our local leader, Mr. Chen Forng-Shean who engaged in micro-carving for more than 25 years. The general Public’s confirmation intensified Chen’s position and his lasting faith in micro-carving and brick-carving. Medias that interviewed Mr. Chen had made intensive reports. How to classify those quantity of data is our first problem. Solution: There are five categories of micro-carving, and also five categories of brick-carving. We soredt out our resources into those categories first, then type and scan them into our computer.

2. Interviews: Interview is an important topic of our project because Mr. Chen is famous for his creations. Exhibition halls, media, and the public are subjects of our interviews. For the time is limited, how to complete those interviews in our limited time is also a problem. Solution: We make a list of our subjects and draft a questionnaire before our interviews. Our team members work together on a project but doing different things at the same time. So that we complete our missions efficiently in our limited time.

3.Technologies & Software: There are many software in our computer classroom. But we also need more software to construct our website. Skillful technologies are needed for making our project perfectly. Copyright is another problem for us. Solution: We download shareware from the internet. And we consulted with our teachers and reference books for our insufficient technologies. So we spent much time in order to construct a perfect website.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

It's the first time that we join the International Schools CyberFair contest. It is a special experience which we could not learn in our school. For the past 7 months, we engaged in micro-carving and brick-carving. We have learned lots of valuable knowledge by doing this project. Meanwhile, we made a great progress in our computer skills.

United is an important factor in a group, and it inspired us to worke harder in our daily life. The most important thing is that we make our best effort to give a push on the passing-on of our Chinese culture.

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

Because of the information technology developed rapidly, long-distance learning by internet is a new trend of education. Our project, a research on the diminish “Chinese miniature carving art” and “brick carving art” in which we did our bestt to give a push on the passing-on of the culture. In the process of our research, we have learned lots knowledge about micro-carving and brick-carving. The most important one is that we make the acquaintance with Mr. Chen Forng-Shean. His constant belief inspired us to study harder and united together. We anticipate that our project will be a useful lesson for those who concern about our great Chinese culture.

In the process of our research, we have learned lots knowledge about micro-carving and brick-carving. The most important one is that we make the acquaintance with Mr. Chen Forng-Shean. His constant belief inspired us to study harder and united together. We anticipate that our project will be a useful lesson for those who concern about our great Chinese culture.

Project Elements

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

Hardware: Cell Phone-Communicate with our members and interviewers Recording pen-Encode sound into digital data Scanner-Scanning images and clippings Printer-Printing documents CD burner-Backup all the sources and web DV & Digit camera-Taking photos and shooting the interviews Traditional camera -Taking photos Computer-Encode images and sound into digital data, construct web USB/Mp3-Backup all our informations

Software CorelDraw -Drawing image PhotoImpact, Illustrator -Drawing and Dealing image Photoshop, PhotoEditor -Dealing image Microsoft Word, NotePad -Editing documents, Coding Dreamweaver, FrontPage -Editing Web Microsoft Flash -Making animator Ulead Gif Animator -Editing *.gif images/animator Internet Explore 6 -Searching data and Connecting web ACDSee 5.0 -Seeing image Goldwave, Cool 2000 -Editing music VideoStudio and Ulead CD & DVD PictureShow -Editing video

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

In the period of doing our project, We have made several interviews with the public of exhibition halls. And we also visited media reporters who interviewed Mr. Chen. When we visited Mr. Chen’s Micro-carving Museum and attended his brick-carving activities, the figures and the public are our interviewers. We always made a phone call and sent an e-mail to our interviewers before our activities. During those contacts, we told them about this project and permitted our dialogue in our web site.

When we finished our project. We linked our project to the project URL and our school . So that, we represenedt ambassadors of our school and our country.

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

Micro-carving and Brick-carving are our traditional arts, but they are gradually been forgotten and even lost. We do our best to construct a perfect web site for the sake of passing on our Chinese Culture.

Most of our sources come from Mr. Chen Forng-Shean. We took a long time to study and arrange our data sources. Marvellously, our classmates and teachers shocked by our project. In our opinion, Our project is a valuable lesson to introduce our ancient traditional arts all over the world.

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

First of all, we appreciate Mr. Chen Forng-Shean, such a kind person with affable attitude who supported us all the pictures and clippings, which saved us much time to take photos of miniatures. For interviews, we world like to thank Mr. Pan Wun-jhong, Mr. Zeng Jheng-he, Ms. Hu Shu-Jhen, Ms. Lin Liang-Yu, and Ms. Lin Siou-Mei, those who accepted our interviews, told us something about Mr. Chen Forng-Shean, and other related data of our project.

We felt an immense gratitude to our teachers, Huang Hsueh-Mei and Ku Yu-Jen, they taught us how to use various software to create a flawless web site, escorted us to attend outdoor activities, and assisted us translated Chinese into English. Under their guidance, we got lots of valuable knowledge and computer skills.

In addition, Mr. Jin Siao-Hua who assisted us for shooting the creation proceeding, Mr. Fu Chun-Chao translate part of Chinese into English, Tr. Liou Man-Hua embellish our web context, and our classmate, Su Guo-Wei and Jhang Yi-Teng, typing and drawing pictures for us. All of their supports enriched our project.

Above all, we present our thankfulness to all those supporters. Without your help, our project won’t be so completely and perfectly. Thank you all.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

How miraculous they are! We astonished when we took a glance at the Miniature exhibitions. Mr. Chen Forng-Shean revives the miniature art and prolongs the brick-carving art.

In our project, we introduce you all the knowledge about micro-carving and brick-carving. In addition, tools and creation proceeding are our topics. We also guide the public where the exhibitions are. Animators are our special skills that show you all the creations of Mr. Chen Forng-Shean. If you visit our web site, “challenge” is a funny unit that test you what you learn from our web site. Try it immediately!


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