1. Description of Our Community
The THSR that has transport service in year 2007 connects the two main capitals - Taipei and Kaoshiung and other cities and counties mainly in the west of Taiwan. The rail’s total length is about 345 km, which is one of the most important arteries in the west of Taiwan in nowadays. THSR is now the fastest transportation on land in Taiwan. It is also the index of Taiwan’s rails. In addition, it helps Taiwan’s history of transportation gets into a new milestone. The suggestions of Taiwan building high speed rail started in the time of 1980, the basic reason of the suggestion is to solve the problem of transporting from city to city everyday. In the year of 1998, the idea had started. THSR is Taiwan’s first and the world’s biggest scope of the BOT pattern in the public construction. THSR has 12 stations in total, which are Nankang, Taipei, Banciao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, and Zuoying. THSRC expects to form the THSR as the longitude, and the district mass transit as the latitude, and become a public transit web. They also expect to push forward to balance every city and county. Our team “Sonics” had a deep-going visit, and we wrote down everything clearly.
2. Summary of Our Project
From 2007, after THSR having the transport service, it shortens the time of transporting from the North to the South. It made the dream of one-day-traveling come true. It only took 90 min. from Taipei to Kaoshiung, which is the fastest transportation on land in Taiwan. THSR is also an important construct of tourism, economy, transporting, culture interflowing. After THSR having the transport service, the transit of the North and the South became more prosperous, and it promotes the ability of competing with other countries. As the result, we chose THSR to be our topic, to introduce “The Incarnation of the Sonic” in Taiwan, Taiwan High Speed Rail. Our topic researching plan “THSR Happy Go” is mainly actual visiting THSRC and also taking THSR, writing THSR, taking photos of THSR. We use what we see, what we hear and the most vivid, brisk way to express the special feeling of taking the fastest transportation on land in Taiwan, THSR, by showing our website, to prove together that Taiwan’s history of transportation gets into a new milestone.
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
1. The pressure from schoolwork: When conducting the project, we also need to work hard on our school work. We need to use our time wisely and keep the promise to our parents that CyberFair won’t cause bad effect on our grades. We use naptime to discuss with our teachers. We went to school everyday on the last 2 weeks before winter vacation to arrange the information and what we’ve written. We used e-mail to tell everyone our progress, and also to encourage each other.
2. Not enough experience in making interviews: So we arrange visits to get first hand information. But, we never have any experience of visiting such big companies. We didn’t know how to design our questions, and how to consult with the workers in the company. We’ll also design questions in advance and let the teacher correct them. We even have rehearsals before the interviews.
3. Not enough techniques on computer science: We don’t have enough techniques on computer, including processing the image, web design, and create analytic charts by Excel etc. We asked our computer teacher for help, and divide ourselves into groups. Each team is responsible for a certain part. Some people are in charge of typing, and others do decoration work.
4. Transportation limits: The prices of visits by taking THSR aren’t cheap. In the 3 visits, we were divided into groups and went to different batches. We bought the non-reserved seats that have 20% off on the price.
5. Behind the working schedule: We started the project in October, but we are afraid that we couldn’t finish the project on time. We hurried each other on the progress of planning the work, arranging the time of visiting, and work really hard during the winter vacation.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Conducting the project, we know more about Taiwan High Speed Rail. CyberFair enables us to discovered our own potentail, and use the knowledge in the real situation.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In the process, we learned how to use and collect information from the source, also on time managing and self- responsibility. This kind of ability is the mixture of language, social studies, mathematics, science and technology, art and culture, and the synthetic. This is a combination of the knowledge from all the subjects. Through the study and the combination’s ability, our research can get finished quickly.
1. Language- Gather, arrange information, and teach students to plan on questions, also on the writing competition.
2. social studies- Combine Taiwan’s transportation, and push forward on teaching the students to gather information to form a brief, just like the classmates in school and sharing with the students from Hong Kong to sell THSR.
3. Mathematics- Design questionnaires, and gather statistics, also to change the result into numbers. Use Excel to form statistics and charts.
4. Science and technology- Actual visit to get to know the local specialty. Learn and handle the computer and the internet, also the web design.
5. Art and culture- Computer art design lessons, make posters when conducting the research of “the Satisfaction Degree of Taiwan High Speed Rail.”
6. Synthetic- Teach students to prepare before visiting, also the manners, teamwork’s learning spirit; In addition, time managing and self- responsibility.