1. Description of Our Community
Singapore is a small island country located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in South-East Asia. Singapore has about 4,483,900 people (as of December 2006) spread over a land area of about 699.4 square kilometres (44th smallest country in the world), making it the densest-populated country in the world after Monaco at 6,208 persons per square kilometre.
2. Summary of Our Project
Climate change is when there is a change in the Earth's global climate over a certain period of time.
These changes can be caused by natural process on Earth, as well as external forces such as human activities.
Therefore, our project seek to investigate the causes of climate change and how they will affect our lives. Most importantly, our project aim to raise awareness amongst the people, for them to take action and responsibility for their environment.
We had also interviewed individuals in our local community to talk about the efforts they had made and the efforts made by our country, as well as what the other countries can do to address climate change.
As such, we hope that people who visit our website will have a change in perspectives and take an initiative to play a part in preventing further damage to the Earth.
Lastly, through our research, we had also suggested several solutions to prevent further damage to the Earth. People who visit our website can take the solutions into considerations.
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:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Consisting of members from year 3 and year 4 and all of us in different classes, it was hard for all of us to meet up to work on the project together. Our only available time was during our co-curriculum session but even so, we are not always free then.
From last year's experience, one of our group members had us look out for reliable web hosting websites. We had much difficulty deciding on which hosting server to use, but finally chose the more user friendly host.
It wasn't easy for us to find time to work on the project other than the time during our cca session. Having to cope with the tests and assesments that our school gives, we had problems trying to juggle our time well. Some of our members had to stay up late in the night to complete the work but the sacrifice was worth it.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our participation in International Schools Cyberfair has meant learning and sharing our knowledege on climate change to the rest of the world.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our Cyberfair project showed a link of how our local Singapore community, is linked with the global community in terms of the responsibility of climate change by looking through the eyes of Singapore and the world, enlightening us by providing a global perspective to this issue.
The project allowed us to practice our Habits of Minds learnt in school, with processes such as empathy and livelong learning being practiced and important new skills learnt like the analysis of information and critical thinking. These skills enabled us to grasp the key ideas of the various articles and websites we researched on. We feel that the skills learnt will prove extremely useful in the future.
The project also allowed us to work together as a team, not as individuals. Work is split up accordingly to ensure the workload of the overall project is not too much to handle and that we all play important roles in the project.
Finally, the project ties in closely with the goals our school has set for its students. Our school’s vision is to allow students to be “equipped for the future” and one of its core values to have a global perspective. Indeed, the project has allowed us to know the present and to have the knowledge to change the future of the world, to think globally by acting locally. The internet has indeed been a great help in the completion of our project however we feel that it is incomparable to the information found in books hence we used a mixed of both for the research of our project.
All in all, we each play an important part in conveying the message of climate change to our classmates and friends by becoming ambassadors of the world, passing on this message of our dying earth.