CyberFair Project ID: 5041

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Water for Live
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Beishichao Middle School
    Beijing, Beijing, China

7 students, ages 12-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 25, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): no

Classes and Teachers: Yang Bing-guo

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Beishicao Town, 40km away from enter of Beijing,covering an area of 33.5 square kilometers, is divided into 16 townships with a population of 14,000. The arable area is 3o, 000 mu. In its region, Jingmi Channel as the main resource to capital stretches 9.2km from west to east. The shortage of water resource is severe in recent years, which due to over exploring of underground water, pollution and wasting. In 16 villages of our district, most rivers dry up and others are severely polluted. If people don’t protect water resource, the water crisis would happen in the near future. Therefore, we make research on this topic, analyze the reasons of pollution and propose our suggestion. We hope each person can realize the seriousness of the problem and protect water resource in daily life.

2. Summary of Our Project

In our research, we compare the water samples of the river in the past and present, and then we realize the importance and emergency to protect local environment. Also, we sort out the reason of water pollution in our hometown and propose suggestions. In our campus, we formed a 'Water Protection Team', in which the team members get rid of rubbish and persuade people not to swim in Jingmi Channel. We hope everyone can pay attention on this serious problem, as it relates to the survival of human beings and sustainable development. In 2008 Olympic Games, the theme is 'Green Olympics', a 'Hi-Tech Olympics', a 'People's Olympics'. Two aquatic sports will be held in our hometown. We hope everyone can protect water resource to welcome 2008 Olympics.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

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

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

1?Computer room ? One air conditioner ? One server; System: OTschool Ver3.0 ? client-side: 24 computers; system: OTschool Ver3.0 ? Broadband system 2?Laboratory One research laboratory for Cyber Fair Lab equipment Biological microscope Spectrometer Electronic balance Agitator Pavilion distillatory Disinfector Intelligent illumination box

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

This is the first time we participate in the CyberFair. The supervising teachers and the team members lack previous experience in webpage construction. All the team members are nervous; however, our teacher-Yang encourages each team member to do his or her best. As students in Grade Eight, we don’t have much computer skills in information search. Teachers give us quick training in searching information with Google, make web pages with DM, downloading picture, sending and receiving emails. We have to consult others whenever difficulties arise. Team members have no vehicles when interviewing outside, so we borrow bikes from other students or two people ride one bicycle. The team members are busy with study. We have little commonly free time apart from the time for group activities. Therefore, we make use of spare time for group discussion with the teachers. Our computers are very old with low proceeding speed and surfing speed is also terrible. However, with our endeavor and help from Town and Talent Technologies, we have succeeded in completing the website. We are proud of ourselves and the experience is unforgettable.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

In our research, we realize the importance of environmental protection. In the past, we felt that the environmental problems, like air pollution, water pollution and noise pollution, were far away from us. However, according to our research in 16 nearby villages, we find out that the only river left turns to be pollutant and other rivers have dried up. In the river, there is no hop toad, not mentioned other animals. The over exploring of underground water and pollution have threaten people’s daily life. For example, in Wugezhuang Village, villagers have to drink water from other villages. From now on, we should do something to protect water resource and our environment. We believe that as long as we endeavor, our hometown will become more beautiful.

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

Goal and purpose: in our research of natural environment protection, we do interview, experiment and analysis, in which we put knowledge on textbook into practice. What’s more, our propaganda of protecting water resource is realized by our community and people’s concept of protecting environment is improved.

Project Elements

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

Computer software: Dreamweaver4 for webpage editing, Fireworks 4.0 for graphic processing, Microsoft Word 2000 for textual information editing, Outlook Express for receiving and sending mails, Internet Explorer for browsing website . Hardware facilities: computer, digital camera, scanner.

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

The headmaster-Mr. Huangjie is our first interviewee, who receives the interview plan from our instructor-Mr. Yang Bingguo. Although Mr. Huang is very busy, he cooperates with our work for two times. In the following research, we get to learn the history and present situation of Maoniu River. The local villager-Mr. Yang Guanglai tells us more stories about it. This becomes our precious interview records. When we go back school, we hold a series of activity to let more students know the importance of water resource protection.

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

Because of our hard work, we arouse public recognition and passion for water resource protection. To our surprise, the leaders in Sishang Village launch an activity about using washing powder to exchange waste plastic bags, which greatly improves local natural environment. In our interview, we get to know that their activity is used to foster villagers’ conception of protecting environment. Our research draws public attention. Our “Protecting water resource activity” was reported on Beijing Water Newspaper. The water administration sends silk banner and letter of acknowledgement to our school. Tianjin Ou’ge Bicycle Factory donated 20 advanced bicycles to “Water Protection Team” in Beishicao Middle School. Through this project, we have established good interaction with the community. Our actions are full of passion, and we behave with full confidence.

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

We got a lot of help from Town & Talent Company throughout the school involvement in the Cyberfair. As a school member of Town & Talent, we knew the Cyberfair by them,and decided to attend this competition. When Mr.Peng Hai-na,a representative of Town & Talent company paid our school a visit, he encouraged us participation,and gave us more advice and technical guidance by email,MSN after he retured. Moreover,Town & Talent Company provides us the cyberspace of internet. Thank you very much indeed for their help.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

At the beginning, we don’t have confidence in finishing this task, as we have neither digital camera nor experience of participating in such an international competition. With the development of our research, we learn to make web pages and possess pictures. Its’ our first time to organize an interview; however, we learn much knowledge beyond textbooks. In participating in Cyber Fair, we broaden our knowledge scale and deepen our thought. In the future, the natural environmental protection will be a hot issue. In our research, we realize the importance of environmental protection. In the past, we felt that the environmental problems, like air pollution, water pollution and noise pollution, were far away from us. However, according to our research in nearby villages, we find out that the only river left turns to be pollutant and other rivers have dried up. Thus, we organize activities to foster local people’s conception of protecting water resource. Our parents, schoolmates and people in community voluntarily join in our activities. At the same time, the research has enhanced our teamwork spirit and improved our communicating and interpersonal abilities. We have also gained the valuable experiences of interacting with others; this ability will be a long-life benefit for us.


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