1. Description of Our Community
Singapore is an urbanised city with very few natural habitats. As Singapore is a comparably small country where land is scarce, many of the swampy areas and offshore islands have been reclaimed for industrialisation and development projects. Tanjong Chek Jawa is a swampy area at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin which is an offshore island off the northeastern coast of Singapore. Chek Jawa which is one of the very few natural habitat left, nearly had to suffer the same fate. Fortunately, our community is made up of people who feel strongly about conserving and protecting the precious and vulnerable environment. To prevent Singapore from suffering an ecological unbalance, many Singaporeans have stood up and made their stand - to protect Chek Jawa. The community played many different roles in the course of salvaging Chek Jawa. Though many say that young, old, alike, are neglecting our environment, the response from this situation had proved that wrong. We have bonded our love for nature to care for the wonders of it.
2. Summary of Our Project
In 1992, the Ministry of National Development (MND) had decided to reclaim Chek Jawa, where an array of marine life exists, for military use. This decision sparked protests from various nature associations and enthusiasts. However, after much consultation and collaboration between MND and the stakeholders, MND has deferred the reclamation works. When the issue on Chek Jawa was highlighted, we were concerned with the island’s welfare. Many of us couldn’t believe that a place so beautiful actually existed in our backyard. We were curious about the place and thus, embarked on this project hoping to be able to provide the public with more information concerning the beach. We hoped that the globe would get in touch with our beautiful heritage. Our project highlights the voices of the people and the conservation efforts taken. We chose Chek Jawa as our subject matter. We are educating the younger generation, who will in turn make a deep impact on the fate of Chek Jawa years down the road, on the importance of appreciating and salvaging what is left. We aim to bring awareness to the globe, and hope that through our project, people will learn to appreciate what Mother Nature has created for us. Our project exhibits the little acts of individuals, which create a huge impact on the eco-system. By submitting petitions, we, Singaporeans managed to save the rich biodiversity in Chek Jawa. The community has thus proven itself able to unite and rise to the challenge of caring for their unblemished treasure. This clearly illustrates the theme — Care and Unite. This year, we designed our own graphics from scratch and sourced for new animations. The animated and interactive platform we took up, strives to accommodate children and hope to be a plus factor to inform and enrich youths. The webpage takes on a relaxed atmosphere, which is in line with the true meaning of nature - soothing and peaceful. The materials on the site are well spread, therefore, absorption of content is easier.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Primarily, as students, we have our studies to be concerned about. Juggling the project with our tests and homework was tedious. Also, many of us had other personal commitments. As the reclamation project is a relatively new topic, we had to source for information from all kinds of places. Moreover, all seven of us were in different classes and have different schedules. On top of that, we had to juggle between doing this project and "conquering" our tests. Thus, it was hard for the whole team to meet up and complete our project. This process was time-consuming. Due to this time constrain and lack of manpower, we divided the work among ourselves and met 3-4 times a week to collate our information. The nature of our project requires us to do plenty of onsite survey and investigative work. We had to make several trips down to Pulau Ubin to experience Chek Jawa for ourselves and interview the residents. For many of us it was our first time there and we knew nothing about that place. Luckily, we managed to enlist the help of our geography teacher, Mr Koh Soo Keong. He is an avid nature lover and was of a great help to us. In the course of our project, we came across many geographical terms. Candace was the only student offering Geography and thus we had to rely on her on the various “profound” terms. However, she offered to lend us her textbooks so that we can have a better understanding.There were also technical problems encountered, as it was the first time we had to do so much HTML editing, photo designing and animation editing. However, Mr Koh Beng Liang, an engineer by profession offered his help by monitoring and advising us.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Do not let ignorance of the environmental debate be YOUR legacy to future generations!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
On our on-site visits to Chek Jawa, we were introduced to many different plants and animals, and not forgetting the reclamation work itself. Also, we got in touch with the various conservation means taken by the local community. These information had enriched us in the field of Geography. The various species of organisms found in Chek Jawa has broadened our team’s knowledge in the aspects of Biology. Most importantly, this issue blends in well with what the Ministry of Education has been emphasizing — National Education. This reclamation issue had nurtured and boosted our national identity. It had not only brought the citizens from all walks of life closer to each other, it had also strengthened the relationship between the government authorities and the people. Last but not least, we have definitely improved vastly on our technical skills after the completion of the project.