CyberFair Project ID: 4987

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Operation Greenhouse Effect
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Taipei Mnicipal Bin Jiang Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

12 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 7, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007

Classes and Teachers: Shu-Ching, Ten ; Hui-yuan Yen& Chi-ying, Huang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We live in Taipei City, and in response to the global effort to control climate changes, we, Taipei City, as a member of the international community and global village, cannot forget our responsibilities. We enthusiastically plan and set into motion many actions to control greenhouse gas emission, cooperate in international reduction conferences and organizations, and exchange experience and ideas with foreign cities on the efforts of reduction. This is to let the international community understand what Taipei City is doing to stabilize the climate and work for a better future. Accomplishing our responsibilities as a member of the global community and promoting Taipei City’s international status and reputation should be a focus of the overall plan to respond to the world’s changing climates.

2. Summary of Our Project

We are the “Environmental Scouts”, and we are making plans and actively trying to lower the amount of greenhouse gases. This activity is also integrated with Bin Jiang Elementary School’s “Bin Jiang Learning” program, to use the spirit of caring for our environment in a themed educational project. This will allow students to directly take notice of the greenhouse gas produced by everyday activities, to understand the relationship between personal behavior and the amount of gas released, and to try to make plans to achieve reduction. Further more, a self consciousness of “taking action for reduction” should be developed, and should help build a role model for younger grades, further influencing parents, families, and communities through these classes. We hope that through this research project, we can accomplish reduction of greenhouse gases to do what we can for the Earth that we all live on.

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):

Our school was established in the 2005 school year, and our current internet connection is a 100Mb optical fiber. We have two computer rooms with XP; every classroom has two computers, and all the subject classrooms have computers. Our wireless internet connection was completed this year, so with a computer, the internet is everywhere. Our Household Internet: Our team members use ADSL to access the internet, while the teachers have established a discussion area on the school net to allow members to upload information. Besides this, there is an FTP for members to upload web pages and pictures.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

During this project, we met many difficulties. Collecting data, interviewing people, and creating a website seemed easy, but was in fact very difficult after we started! However, through our teamwork, we overcame these difficulties. Below is a chart of our difficulties and how we overcame them. I. Not Enough Time: For this project we designed a discussion page and a ftp, and we divided the work, so students could use their own time to accomplish their part without restriction to time or space. Our internet advantage solved this difficult problem. II. Interviewing: Our solutions were: 1. Discussing the work and time together. 2. Ms. Nian-Lun Wu assisted our little reporters. A volunteer parent helped us. III. Unequal Computer Abilities: 1. Lessons on webpage design and photoimpact. 2. Lessons on digital products. 3. Lessons on copyright laws and internet ethics.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Though I didn’t know anything about the greenhouse effect before this, after this cyberfair, I’ve slowly known more and more. Besides understanding that global warming is intensifying, we need to pay attention to environmental protection and conserve energy. We need to care for our sick Earth, and nature, to let it recover earlier, or we will be the ones to suffer. Not only are extreme climates appearing, we will also lose many animals and plants on the verge of extinction. Because of human destruction, Earth’s valuable resources are rapidly diminishing. After half a year of work, searching for data, listening to lectures, interviewing, and discussing with our classmates, I’ve learned a lot, and it was also fun, so it was worth it.

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

Reducing the amount of greenhouse gases has been the goal of every government that has signed the “Kyoto Protocol”. This important international matter is a world perspective that elementary students need to have. Through the lessons, students get to know the greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, understand the reason behind abnormal climates, and build up a concept of “If not me, then who will help reduction?” This research topic spans seven disciplines and has connections with many important issues. Different subjects merge in with this activity. This topic is a mainstream integrated course with clear goals.

Project Elements

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

Email?msn: We used Email and msn to discuss and communicate, and contact subjects. Internet: This was an important tool. We used the internet to search and find more information on the greenhouse effect. Besides this, a discussion area was set on the school net, to let us record our research data. Digital Recording Pen: Important while interviewing, so that the information could be summarized. Digital Camera: On field trips, students personally take pictures for the record. Scanner: To scan our projects and pictures and to perform art correction on the PC. Printer: To print data, make press tags, thank you letters. Computer Software: Word Processing Software: Word, Notepad Image Processing Software: Photoimpact, Acese Webpage Design Software: Frontpage, Namo, Flash, Swish Media Processing Software: Digital Recording Program

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

We told the topic of our research to our parents and classmates to let them know our process, and to let them directly notice the everyday details that produce greenhouse gases, and to understand the relationship between human actions and greenhouse gas emission. We tried to plan out ways for reduction, and to build the self conscious of taking action to reduce from everyday life, and to build up the effect of leading others. With the research, we promoted our topic to our peers at school, and used them to influence their parents, family, and community. We hope that from this research, we can carry out the reduction of greenhouse gases, and allow the people who live here to use their hearts and discover the urgency of this problem, and love nature. This will allow us to complete another goal of our research: to let nature’s vitality sustain forever.

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

With the research, we promoted our topic to our peers at school, and used them to influence their parents, family, and community. We hope that from this research, we can carry out the reduction of greenhouse gases, and allow the people who live here to use their hearts and discover the urgency of this problem, and love nature. This will allow us to complete another goal of our research: to let nature’s vitality sustain forever.

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

School, parents, classmates, teachers, and rofessionals help us to find data or search for more pictures and films with speed, to let our project become more complete.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Every citizen of Earth has the responsibility to love and care for Earth, and as the future leaders of the 21st century, our children need to have knowledge of the crisis before them, to look at the world and have a broad perspective. The greenhouse effect is intensifying, which is a nightmare for our planet. Only if everyone cares and tries their best to calm the wounds of the planet will the planet we all rely on recover.


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