1. Description of Our Community
Our community is Hualien County. Hualien is located in the eastern part of Taiwan. Its main industries includes farming, marble manufacturing and tourism. Local people has long been practicing agriculture for decades. One of the main crops is sugar cane.
Sugar industry has played a vital role in the local economy for over 80 years. For generations local people are used to the view of the green cane field in their lives here in Hualien County. Taiwan Sugar Corporation is the sole sugar company due to historical reasons. Now it has decided to shutdown its operation in Hualien. This is the last year we can see its final operation. The special fragrance of sugar milling drifting in the air constructs the good old smell for every local people. We hope to renew the memory of the smell that caresses every soul once more.
2. Summary of Our Project
The Taiwan Sugar Corporation Hualien Sugar Refinery (TSCHSR) founded at the Japanese Occupation Period has been existing for over 80 year. Apart from sugar products, it has devoted to multiple investments from real estate, food industry, and orchid farming to organic agriculture and gas stations. It has been successfully in many areas. However, with the entry of WTO Taiwan has to face the impact to local markets.
In order to keep this historical meaning of the sugar industry in our community to carry on, we hope to share our findings and ideas through our project which is also the reason we participate in the CyberFair event. It is our hope that not only we can utilize and learn more skills in computer technology but also apply them to help the community to get a chance to know deeper about the historical meaning of sugar industry in our own community.
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:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
3 Servers : Domain Name Server, Web Server, Mail Server 2 Computer classrooms: 41 each with AMD K6-2 550 CPU, 64MB RAM, 4.2GB HDD Administrative Computers:：20 with Pentium133, 16MB RAM, B850MB HDD Academic Computers:Laptop, Digital Projector and 5 Digital Cameras.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
ALL of us have never parcipated in SyberFair and some never known how to make homepage. Therefore it is a great challenge for us. Most of time we learn by mistakes. But we're luck to have Mr. Huang project manager who is also one of our teacher in Ming Yih Primary School to help us. During our interviews with local people sometimes we have difficulties in understanding their Taiwanese accent. With the help of some parents and teachers we over the language barriers. The time is too short. We have to prepare for the mid term and final and the cane crushing opening falls on almost same week. We manage to organize our time to do our project. Some of us don't have computers in our houses. Therefore the only place we can do our project is in school. We did it in school. All the team members are not from the same classroom, therefore we need to over come the coordination problem. We did it. The sugar company is closing. Everyone is busy with their jobs. Hardly anyone had any time to help us. We succeeded in persuading them to give us some assistance. Our school is 50 kilometers away from TSCHR. We have to very efficient in using our resource and in collecting our information. We never failed to do so.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
How unforgetable a learning experience we have! Sugar is such a common thing in our daily life. Who cares how and where it is from! Now we do care. Because we understand there are a group of common people who silently devote their time and energy to make our ice cream possible. It is not just the ice cream which means something to us. It is the cultural, historical, humanitarian and social aspects of it which means something to us, to all of us. We owe something to them. Throgh this project we understand more deeply about our own history and our society and especially those people behind it.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Through the diligent fund raising efforts from our principal Mr. Lin Chi-Shen and ceaseless devotion to maintainance from our computer center supervisor Mr. Huang Shyh-Yuan, our school has finally established 2 well equiped computer classrooms for computer technology learning. Every week we have computer class for 3 grader to 6 grader students. It is this project that enables us to utilize our adpoted skills to learn more and learn deeper in other areas. In the area of computer technology we learn to make homepage, digital cameras and scanners. More importantly we learn how to contact other people through telephone calls, design interviews, interviewing skills and editing and publishing our findings. We really learn something specifically on the skills of interpersonal relationship.