CyberFair Project ID: 1526

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Water Situation in Singapore - An Environmental Issue
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Victoria School
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

6 students, ages from 13 to 16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2001. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2000

Classes and Teachers: Mr Anuar Ikhwan and Mr Kenneth Wee

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our local community is Singapore which is located at the tip of peninsular Malayasia at the equator. It has a tropical climate all year round and relies on external sources as well as internal ones to supply water for its population of over three million. Singapore depends on its neighbours to supply much of its domestic needs such as water and foodstuff.

2. Summary of Our Project

We are going to do a research on the water situation in Singapore. Singapore depends on many sources to get water for its population. We wish to look at : -How Singapore collects it water on its own land in reservoirs and how much does it supply -Water bought from Malaysia -How much is the water -What are the factors that affect the water agreement? (e.g. political stability etc.) -What are the alternative sources of water in Singapore? -Newater -Desalination of Sea water -How is water processed in Singapore and how that helps Singaporeans -What are the methods of saving water in Sinagpore on a large scale? Our aim for this website is to create an awareness amongst people that water is a major part of the environment, and in Singapore, many factors affect it. The search for new methods of water and the preservation of old ones are very important for us. Our focus is more towards the human environment than the physical one.

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:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure

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):

We had used the computers in our school labs as well as the ones at home to access the internet. As free internet access in available in Singapore, cost was not a problem.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We did not have many technical problems. But a problem was of time as this was a very extensive project. We had to plan our time very carefully so as to not fall behind the deadline.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Act local and think Global

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

Please refer to the website

Project Elements

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

e used the following tools in our project: 1.Netscape Navigator 2.Macromedia Fireworks 3.Macromedia Dreamweaver 4.Allaire Homsite 5.Digital Camera's 6.Scanners 7.MSN Chat (to have e-coversations with officers from various environmental groups) 8.Tape recorders

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

We visited many places such as water purification plants, reservoirs and construction sites of Desaination plants. We interviewed officers from various environmental groups such as the Ministry of Environment, Singapore. The officers were impressesd that we, as teenagers, showed a keen interest in the domestic issues of Singapore. We chose places that we were interested in finding more about.Some were close to their home and some had parents or friends who worked there. We had also used chat programs to our advantage by having e-conversations with many people and interviewing them online.

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

When we showed this project to selected people from our neighbourhoods, many of them showed surprised faces in finding out facts that they never knew about. Many of them took greater interest in Singapore's water situation and they realised that it is not only a local issue but a global one as well. Please refer to the website

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

We had first the help of officials from various environmental agencies. They were very helpful. the people at the water purification plant even gave us a free tour of their premises. We gained a lot from that tour. Our classmates and schoolmates also gave adivice and their own knowledge of that situation so that helped us put more information on the website. Our Teacher, Mr Anuar, assisted us by doing a critique of our website so that we were able to improve on it. The people that helped us that were the backbone of the project. Without them and their expertise the students would not have been able to do the project. It is here that the "Share and Unite" theme has particular meaning. Their sharing with us allowed that collaborative experience. Together we were able to create our project.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We have learnt that water, a precious resource in Singapore, shouldn't be taken for granted. We have realised the value of water and know that we are fortunate to have this resource when many people all over the world are dying of thirst. We have taken more interest in these aspects of Singapore and have learned to become better citizens by just being aware and acting on the information we receive. Please refer to the website


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