1. Description of Our Community
Our local community is the Republic of Singapore , an island on the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. It lies in a central strategic location in Southeast Asia , the center of a trade route between the east and west. Singapore is well-known for one of the busiest seaports in the world and her world-class Changi Airport , thus attracting many tourists every year. Singapore , although a small nation, has many local attractions, with an aim to attract tourists. Tourism has flourished in all parts of the world after World War II, and it is now an important source of income for the destination countries in the tertiary industry. In order to attract more tourists, Singapore has introduced themes into attractions to offer tourists many things to see and do so that they will extend their stay or plan to return. Singapore is also constantly upgrading and improving on both her Natural and Man-made attractions, to compete for tourists with other countries. She is embarking on the planning of introducing future plans of upgrading of each local attraction, to cater for education and entertainment purposes. Also, the Ministry of Education has included Geography as part of our education curriculum, allowing students to better understand importance of the tourism industry in Singapore , as well as the significance of the local attractions in Singapore . Apart from just studying it in the classroom, students will also get different opportunities to visit these places under the schools, where guided tours are organized to provide the students with proper facts which they can make full use of in different aspects of the learning journey. Combining both work and play together, these outings have been well received by the students. As the future generation are groomed with a commendable knowledge on these places, they will grow up learning to appreciate how these attractions have prepared for the future, and thus will also do this for future generations to come.
2. Summary of Our Project
In land scarce Singapore , whatever is used has to be accounted for, and the use of land has to be maximized. In order to prevent any wastage of land, attractions in Singapore have to plan ahead for the future, be it to attract more customers or to aid in a world wide conservation efforts of different species of animals found around the world. By carrying out research on different locations, we were able to learn about the attraction itself, any special programmes which it might currently have and lastly it efforts in preparing for the future. Our project deals with the future of various attractions around Singapore , with the important aspect being how these different attractions are preparing for the future, in order to keep up with the times and also to preserve the old, through new methods. In a time when ground breaking technologies can be discovered daily, upgrading is not an option, but rather a must. Therefore, in this project, we will deal with how these areas of interests are making use of these technologies to maximise the attractiveness of the locations. A downside to the development of technologies would be that more and of the old is lost, so technology again is used to counter it. Advancement is science is used to prepare certain attractions, like those with a wildlife theme in mind, to protect and conserve these creatures for the future. As the power to make decisions lies with us, it is important for us to anticipate the events of the future, and take proper measures against it.
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:not sure
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We started our project very late, as some of us had camps and other major projects. We had the problem of beig unable to access the FTP server while attempting to upload, and we only realised that we had to submit a project narrative on the same day as well, due to the carelessness of our leader.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
It allowed us to look at the different places in Singapore, some that we never knew of. We read about many interesting places, and it definitely have been a enriching experience for all of us.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?