1. Description of Our Community
We chose Namchow as our topic because its headquarter is located in Taoyuan. There are also factories in Kueishan and Zhongli, which are not far from Taoyuan City. So it's not very difficult for us to go each place to do any interviews. Our 3 teachers help us to get the outcome of the interviews. Kueishan Factory makes soaps; Zhongli Factory makes food. There is also a ramen(noodles) restaurant, Honbaryu, inside Kueishan Factory. We got great harvest in Kueishan Factory.
2. Summary of Our Project
Namchow has been established for more than 50 years. It's a rare case in Taiwan because most of the enterprises just got lives around ten years. Namchow is the agency to sell Crystal Soaps, Happy Soaps, Yang Yang Shampoo, Care & Free Sanitary Napkins, Ponds Cream, O'smile Cookies, Head & Shoulders, Little Cook Instant Noodles, Drayer's Ice Cream, Haagen Dazs, Sarnugi frozen cooked noodles. Recently, President Chen has terminated the contracts with O'smile, Drayer's and Haagen-Daz.
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:2-3
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
There are 2 computer classrooms in our school,where we can use the internet to register into Cyberfair 2006 and browse other sites on the cross-review stage.Every team member has computers at home so that everyone can post the assigned reports or journals at home. With the prior experience of the participation of last year's cyberfair, we have been very familiar with the procedures to post our work. Each of us would post our work on time unless the connection failure of either home computers or cyberfair site.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We met a lot of difficulties last year, no matter in web-page or in interviews. It turns to be easier to work this time since we are experienced.The major problems are making erviews.It's rare that a company would accept an interview at first time without thinking twice or checking the upper management level.It's common to be refused.It's not possible to go on any topic if one feels frustrated and give up at the first time when he is refused.Our teachers contribute more efforts than any of us. They need to well-prepare and face the occasion when they are rejected coldly for an interview.This is the circumstance we may not well handle.The next difficulty is our turn to face!
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Some gave us suggestion after viewing our web-page. Some praised our hard working, some comments upon our words. Thanks for their comments. We collected all the information about Namchow on the Internet. Then we arranged for the visit to the works, to see the process of soap making, and to eat ramen noodles at Honbaryu. We did a lot of interviews with their president, business manager, and chef. We recorded them. We also took many pictures. We even did a lot of surveys later and make more people know the crystal soaps.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.The association between information and science technology: Thru the correspondent interface of Cyberfair, students know learning happens everywhere and every time. There's no spacious limit for communication. Everything can be done effectively once upon they learn to make good use of Internet. 2.The association between art and humanity: It requires creativity to set up a web page full of creations, to make the unique candy house, and to carve exquisite soap stamps. The lessons of aesthetics are being preceded simultaneously. 3.Language Art: We applied the right tone to write about Namchow. It requires the techniques of note-taking, planning, and organization to come out the articles. We practice all the writing skills and make our articles better and better. 4.The training of self-expression: Speaking is an very important learning. We usually have not much chance to practice although a lot of theories and skills are taught in the classroom. The research helps to practice these skills since we do a lot of interviews in the research.