1. Description of Our Community
Our local community is Singapore which is located at the tip of peninsular Malayasia at the equator. We have a large population of 4 million, for the small size of Singapore and we have a great history of local leaders. We were once a British Colony after which we were conquered by Japan during World War II. There were many deaths and many problems arose such as unemployment and food shortages but finally, we emerged from these problems to become a prosperous nation today.
2. Summary of Our Project
Many people have contributed to making it a beautiful community and one that shows a positive outlook as we move into the 21st century. It is some of these people who have made this community a great place to live that, in our project, we would like to honor and show how they have contributed into making Singapore the community it is. In doing so, we, as students, will acquire knowledge of what it takes to make a great community and a deeper respect for those people who have dedicated much of their time and energy towards making the community what it is.
Most people see Singapore as it is today, a modern society for electronics shopping etc, but we were once a fishing village, unexplored by the world. Singapore was founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in the year 1819 and from then on we were ruled by them up till the Japanese conquered us in the 1940’s. Those were bad times. We had to face many harsh conditions. Many sacrificed their lives to allow the rest of us to live. Fortunately, we survived the 3 harsh years, and finally gained independence in 1965. From then on we began on our journey to success to sustain what we have today. We intend to cover, this “growing up” of Singapore in our website and also, the contributions of the local leaders who made all this possible. As students, we are proud of our community and of those who have helped make it such a great community in which to live. We hope, in this project, to learn what it takes to make a positive community and, in turn, allow others to see what we have learned.
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
The project has allowed our students to see the hard work , dedication, and giving of oneself for the betterment of others and it has allowed our community to become more aware of the quality community that we have.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our project was based on the history of Singapore and our local leaders which is a part of the school Social Studies curriculum but through other books outside the school curriculum, we got more detailed information about our past. We also learned about new leaders whom we have never known before. It is in line with our National Education objectives of every Singaporean knowing about their homeland and loving their homeland. Also, we learned, most importantly of all, teamwork. Although it was hard to get everyone together at a certain day and certain time, we still did manage to meet up to discuss this project and also try our best to complete it on time. We learned many new things about each other and how we can work effectively with each other. We even went for some outings together and this brought us all closer together to each other. Lastly, we learned how to make better use of soft wares that we had not known earlier. We learned from each other how to use the software effectively as each of us was an “expert” in our own fields.