1. Description of Our Community
Our country, Kaohsiung, is full of sunshine, located in south Taiwan, and is the second metropolitan center in Taiwan. Kaohsiung is a well-known significant place for industrial, commerce and ocean capital. Because of having natural resources and convenient transportation system, it is developing a sightseeing form of ocean recreation now.
Coming to Kaohsiung with friends, you would find that this is a city full of sunshine, ocean and friendships. Let us go and enjoy its warm reception.
2. Summary of Our Project
Enormous cargo ships drive into the Kaohsiung Harbor slowly; Waves sparkle in the golden sunlight; The street, Duchuanton old street, beside this harbor satisfies gourments with its specialty 'Kaohsiung Big-Ice'
The Big-Ice, a huge bowl contained ice, is a famous and unique dessert in Taiwan. Its special is rich ingredients, fresh foods, and super weight for 30 people to eat. By sharing the Big-Ice, not only the love between family, lovers or friends becomes closer, but also a good method be used to relieve summer heat in Kaohsiung.
Our research through visits and investigations wants to understand the culture of the Big-Ice. We do hope that our study make more people know the Big-Ice; furthermore, it would enable a large increase in tourism of Kaohsiung.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
School There are two computer classrooms and 80 computers offered for students at our school. All researchers can have internet
access, find the data, and print the documents at the computer classrooms.
Home All researchers are using internet access of ADSL, e-mail box of school, internet hard disk, and webpage of class after
school to continue researching work by finding the data and conveying the file.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Interview Problems Interview is an important topic of our project, because we want to know more about the Big-Ice. For time is limited, how to get in touch with those people and how to translate those recording contents of interviews are difficult work. In addition, transportation is also a big problem for us!
Solution Three teachers helped us get in touch with shops. Every researcher has to use the morning to interview, but they have to take the regular class. Luckily, the teachers of regular class would rather send them out to interview, as long as they hand in homework later.
We had a long way to get to those places, and needed time to go. We took teacher Wu's M-car, and everyone squeezed into the car. That's how we solved our problem of transportation.
Researching Time Problems The eleven researchers scattered into different classes of sixth grade, we only can meet each other at our gifted class (three times a week). It's so hard to find the good time to research together, so we use the morning before all classes or lunch time to go to the computer room to finish our research. But there are one or two researchers who can't come with us sometimes. We are going to enter junior high school, the schoolwork s becomes more and heavier, the progress is slow and the homework isn't finished.
The most difficult obstacle in producing is pressure of our school work, especially during the examination, we couldn't even continue researching. There is plenty of homework, we are like candles burning at both ends.
Solution Teachers will discuss the progress and allocate the works after class, and researchers encourage each other, we will deal with the difficulties to accomplish our job.
Data Allocation Problems Because there are very few related materials about “Kaohsiung the Big-Ice”, we didn't know how to start our project and how to collect data.
Solution Before making a webpage, we categorized the webpage into the Big-Ice history, the shops, research diary, and happiness of eating ice, and then we started compiling and collecting data according to each items. Two of us to be a group to find the information. The immense data became orderly.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Before studying, we considered that the Big-Ice was just a dessert in hot summer. After many interviews on shops and customers, we found that the procedure of making it was difficult and complicated. It turns out that a delicious “Kaohsiung Big-Ice” needs plenty people's efforts. Although Kaohsiung Big-Ice is unable to become a souvenir taken home, it is the best product for keeping family's or friends' relationship: sharing a Kaohsiung Big-Ice, enjoying the beautiful ocean, chatting each other. Via our study, we hope more people to know Kaohsiung Big-Ice's deliciousness and its merit; moreover, we expect it would become a spokesman of Taiwan.
In addition, we learn how to cooporate. Definitely, there are three beautiful teachers of gifted education who led us into CyberFair world carefully although they were very tough. They taught us how to use digital camera, recording pen…etc. equipment, and instructed us the skill of speaking and interviewing, which we can't learn from class. Finally, we want to say “Thank You” to everyone who was involved with CyberFair researching! We really appreciate it.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Language Art From collecting data, making questions, compiling web diary and progress report, to interviewing and conforming, all improved our ability to analyze, induct, arrange, and write. Social Studies During the process of interviewing the community, we cared and learned more about humanities to build our love to our society. Mathematics During the process of researching, the rate of ice and syrup is related with the 'rate' we learned from math. Science & Technology Internet access, computer using, interview recording, video recording, digital camera using, and webpage making can cultivate our ability of good using of technology. Health & Physical Education Via the interviews, we had learned how to arrange working time and how to communicate with people. Our harvest from the study help us develop healthy personality and habits. Arts & Humanities In practicing and interviewing all shops, we appreciate the scenery of Kaohsiung. Integrative Activities Through researching, we cooperated with one another, communicated, and encouraged as team power to accomplish the goal.