1. Description of Our Community
East Coast Route goes through the less populated area of east coast of Taiwan. The Taitung section in Hualien-Taitung Line run along small towns like Chihshang, Haituan, Kuanshan, Luyeh, Puyuma, and Taitung.
There is the Bad Land of Lichi, which is famous for its geographic formation. Rices treasured by connoisseurs, like Chihshang Rice, Kuanshang Rice and Fulu Rice, are harvested here. Hardworking Minans, austere Hokkas, brightly-dressed Amis, brave Bununs, and retired-veterans Mainlanders all settle here and live peacefully together.
2. Summary of Our Project
Hualien-Taitung Line runs through the East Rift Valley National Park. It serves for both cargo and passenger transportation. There’re many tourists during weekends.
There’re many famous and less known scenic spots, and many well-known produce grown along Taitung section of Hualien-Taitung Line, and they’re a lot to know about them.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3
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):
There is a computer center with 14 PCs shared by all pupils in our school. They were slow, as they were bought 6 years ago. The computer center uses Microsoft NT LAN, and links to TANet, a network for schools and institutes in Taiwan, before reaching Internet through an ADSL line.
It was what we relied on when we searched info and uploaded reports. We could hardly do anything after school because none has PC and networking except two of our teammates.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1.It's a long way to go to any train station, and ere were 15 of us. The transportation we needed relied on the parents and teachers. We often re-scheduled because we couldn’t go along with the parents’ plans. 2.We spent tremendous time looking for many of the train stations, as they were abandoned for lon, had tumbled into ruins and being sabotaged. Some of them don’t look like train stations anymore. We had to ask local residents to know how they were like at their times.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
saw the transformation of Hualien-Taitung Line through the project. As the communities change, many train stations fall from their highs.
Trains were the most mean of important transportation. Many old timers still remember that they used to shout out loud when the train had a hard time going uphills, and always bought meal boxes whenever the train went by the stations of Kuanshan and Chishang.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our project falls in the category of Sightseeing Highlights. Our target is Taitung section of Hualien-Taitung Line, including small towns from Chishang to Taitung. It’s deeply related with the topics of Nature and Lives, Societies, Arts and Humanities, Comprehensive Activities and Information Educations in our curriculum.
The courses of Societies mentioned our hometowns and means of transportation. Our project helped us look deep into them. Through what we learned from the advancement of railroads and changes in means of transportation, we learned more about the topics in Nature and Lives. The Comprehensive Activities gave us insights into the farming products and peoples in Taitung, which was contributive to our project.