1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
We used a wide range of the latest information tools and technologies. The hardwares used include: PCs, i-Macs (before our problems arose), scanners, Sony Digital Mavica Digital Camera, normal cameras, telephones and handphones (for SMS).
Among the computer programmes that we use are Adobe Photoshop 6.0 (for photo-editing and image-creating), Macromedia Flash 5.0 (for creating animations), Macromedia Dreamweaver 3.0 (for web-building), Microsoft Word (for collaborating information), Internet Explorer 5 (for previewing our site), Win FTP (for uploading our site), and the email and ICQ (for facilitate communication with one another).
The computers and their programmes can be found in our school’s computer labs. We can borrow AVA equipment, such as the digital camera, from our school’s library.
We also have frequent trips to the numerous libraries in Singapore to look for information. Some of us also visited the national parks in Singapore to take photographs and to collect information about the park. Among the unique and unusual ways that we collect information occurred when we took photographs of dustbins and recycling bins. People were staring at us, thinking we were mad, as ten of us were crowding around a dustbin and taking photographs of it, as though as we have never seen a dustbin before.
The Internet has certainly been our most helpful tool. Not only did we obtain most of our information through the Internet, the Internet also facilitated our communication. This is especially helpful as one of our group members had to return to her hometown in Malaysia for the holidays. As overseas calls are very expensive, email and ICQ provided us with a cheaper alternative for communication. This was also one of our unusual ways of working on this project.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
Our topic, ‘Clean and Green Singapore’, seemed like a subjective topic, biased towards Singapore, as we live in Singapore. However, we diminished the thought of biasness by obtaining opinions from tourists in Singapore. Most of them, when asked to describe Singapore in a phrase, stated that Singapore is ‘clean and green’.
We also communicated with the local community in Singapore by asking them what they think is ‘clean and green’ about Singapore. Many of them replied by commenting on Singapore’s air, water and trees. These seemed like vague answers but we took them seriously by using them to help in the planning of our site.
We contacted the Ministry of Environment, Singapore Environment Council and the National Parks Board to find out more about the schemes and programmes to keep Singapore clean and green. They were very helpful as they replied our emails promptly and never failed to clear our queries.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We feel that through our CyberFair site, we will be able to make a difference to not only the local community of Singapore, but also to the Internet community of the world. This is because our site touches on Singapore’s renowned recognition of a ‘Clean and Green City’.
We hope to create awareness among the local community of Singapore, which is starting to take Singapore’s cleanliness and greenery for granted. We also hope to promote Singapore to the world so that they will realise that Singapore is not just a miserable red dot at the equator. They will also find out why and how Singapore earns its name of a ‘Clean and Green City’ and what does the local community do to help keep Singapore clean and green.
The unique part of our presentation is the width and depth of our focus. We covered large and wide aspects of Singapore’s ‘clean’ and ‘green’ by compiling information from various sources. Visitors to our site will be able to learn about unique and interesting facts, information that cannot be obtained from textbooks.
We have certainly established new relationships with people in the community, for instance, with the people whom we have interviewed. However, most importantly, the relationship between our club members has certainly strengthened through the course of this project. We understand each other greatly and are able to be sensitive to one another’s feelings.
Our seniors, who are previous participants of CyberFair, have seen our site and we received feedback from both the negative and the positive point of view. Their critics allowed us to make changes to our site whereas their praises meant a lot to us. Our parents have also visited this site and are proud of our achievement. This really serves as a boost to us.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Firstly, we have to admit that this project would not have been possible without the help of our teachers, school, peers, families and the public.
The school has been very helpful in giving us the opportunity to take part in this project. They supported us along the way by providing us with all the equipment necessary for the building of our CyberFair site.
Our teachers have also been very supportive as they constantly asked if we were fine and if we needed additional information. One of our teachers, Miss Tan B. C., even had to be late for her dinner because she was helping us upload the site. Without her, our site would not exist and we would like to thank her for sacrificing her time for us.
Other club members were actively involved in this project as volunteers. They helped us in our research and also in the editing of photos. They were also involved in the discussion of a CyberFair topic. Our seniors provided us moral support by constantly giving us well wishes.
Our families also guided us along the way. They were the ones that had to endured our long string of complains at the dinner table if a problem occurred while doing our project in the afternoon.
Lastly, the public. They have been really great volunteers and without them, we will not be able to find out what they really like about Singapore.
To all these people mentioned above, thank you so much for your help and support.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
An important lesson that we have discovered while doing this project is not to judge a book by its cover.
Before we started on the project, there was an uneasy alliance between us. We lacked trust and confidence in the other group members hence things were not going smoothly in the group. We were divided though we were a team.
However, as the project carried on, we got to know each other better. After a series of discussion, which we openly criticised one another, we felt much better as there were nothing holding us back anymore.
That really helped as we no longer feel awkward when we are working together. Instead, we feel blessed and thankful to have each other as group members. We understood each other better and were now working as a team.
Working on the CyberFair project has really given us a chance to discover our friends and allow us to create a bond between us that cannot be broken.