1. Description of Our Community
The Kaohsiung city is really different now, not only a industry city any more, but is a beautiful city that quickly adding the elements of culture, ecology, and creativity. As the global environmental consciousness raising and the initiating of the energy conservation policy, the Kaohsiung city government has also dedicated on building a bicycle system that is both beautiful and practical and trying to make the concept of “protecting our environment” deeply rooted in the city’s development. Besides, we also add the specialties of different culture; let everyone to understand the beauty of different culture.
2. Summary of Our Project
Through our investigation, interview, and induction, we try letting everyone feel the change and potential green energy of Kaohsiung and the passion of people in Kaohsiung from the bicycle path system. We investigate in several aspects including: 1) the design of the bicycle path, attractions, and the special gears for riding. 2) Questionnaire and querying cyclists. 3) Interviewing many different bureaus in the Kaohsiung City Government.4) Visit different places to understand the viewpoints of experts in architecture and ecology. 5) Compare with other bicycle path system in Taiwan in order to know the advantages and disadvantages of our system.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
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):
We usually use the computer/internet in the computer classroom, which has around 30 computers. Also, we use Internet at home,too. We had a FTP server in our school for us to upload or download information.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We faced many problems during the project. We tried our best to overcome them. The problems included: A) The collecting and sorting of information: Some information is hard to get, so we had to browse many web pages which really takes time. Also we face many set back during giving out the questionnaire. B) The process of interview: Some officials are very careful about the records, so we can only take down notes but not sound or image. Besides, it was hard to make an appointment with people, so we had to take a half-day off for interviewing. In addition, the lack of experience was also bothering us. C) The time: Because the pressure of academic is quite high in Taiwan, so it had been a very difficult time to spend time on both studies and this project. D) Language: It was a very serious problem to us. We got the information of this competition very late. And our English isn’t very good. So translating the whole project is actually a big challenge to us. Well, we hope everyone can understand our “Taiwanese-English.”
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In the 21 century, how to reduce the damage to earth is a very important and serious issue. There is no doubt that using zero-carbon emission transportations such as a bicycle are very helpful. And in Kaohsiung, one of the friendliest cities for cyclists in Asia, there is a complete bicycle lane system almost all across the city with a wide variety of view. Therefore, we want to introduce to people everywhere. But not only the path itself, we also introduce the attractions and many other viewpoints. All in all, we are trying to send a message to the world:” Kaohsiung will touch your heart! “
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
By researching about the “Kaohsiung City Bicycle Path System” in ecology, architecture, beauty, design and many other view points, we connected with many subjects in school like art and humanities, social studies, living technology etc. Also we learn many skills: 1) Can work together and support each other 2) Use technology to collect information and show it by graphs. 3) Understand our community by observing4) Learn the techniques of conducting a research, including analyzing and concluding.