1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
The technological hardware we used included, computer, digital camera, video camera, recording pen, USB disk. Also we used computer software to help us to do our project including, Microsoft word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, Presto! Print Magic, Namo,Micromedia Flash, Swishmax, PhotoImpact, Paint, PhotoCap, Internet. In completeing the project, we used email the most. Through emailing, we communicated with each others frequently, integrated each others’ parts of work and even encourged each others to keep going on. There were a few programs that we had never used before, including programs for video editing and web page making, thus we had to learn how to use them from the very beginning.It was hard in the first, however the students learned fast and practiced a lot so some of the students even became good at some programs in the end.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
After knowing our project was about Nangang Pouchong tea, our school’s volunteer Ms. Que Shu-Hui helped us contacting tea growers in Nangang District and people in Nangang Farmers’ Association. After close communication with the interviewees done by our teacher via telephone and E-mail, we received great help from them. Not only they answered our questions regarding Nangang Pouchong tea, they also offered us great kind help. For instance, Mr. Yang knew buses don’t come very often in the mountainous area so he drove us down the mountain. He also asked us if we needed any other book information without us asking him. Moreover, the chairman, director-general and staffs of the Farmers’ Association provided a lot of resources regarding Nangang Farmers’ Association for us to use for free. We often returned fully loaded after visiting them. They approved our project and hoped more people would understand the history and characteristics of Nangang Pouchong tea from our project.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
This project allowed us to understand the place we grew up in since childhood in fact has a glorious history about Nangang Pouchong tea. We are all very honored. We are also surprised that we, local residents from Jiuzhuang of Nangang District, knew nothing about the history and that we did not even know how to brew tea. It is hoped that the website can help students and underclassmen of Jiuzhuang Elementary School, situated at the foot of Cha Shan in Nangang District, to have an initial understanding about Nangang Pouchong tea. Maybe the school will consider to let students of Jiuzhuang Elementary School have tea culture literacy so the precious resources would not be wasted.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
It is thanks to so many people’s effort that we can complete the project. First, we would like to thank our interviewees, Mr. Chen Tian-Jin and Mr. Yang Chih-Tsung, for their share knowledge of Nangang Pouchoung Tea. Also, the Nangang District Farmers’ Association gave us so many help in offering pictures and information about Nangang Pouchoung Tea. In addition, We would like to thank the cultural and history workers, Mr. Chiu Tien-Lu and Mr. Wei Cheng, in our community for their provision of some precious pictures and books. The last but not the least, the teachers in our school, including the Principal, the Director of Academic Affairs Office, the Director of General Affairs Office, Ms. Chen Jung-Chuan and Ms. Liu Yi, they all gave us big support and a great deal of encouragement. We all feel deeply appreciate of their help.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
We found we have learnt a lot. Not only we have learnt tea knowledge, we have also learnt how to overcome our fear intangibly to conduct interview and report in front of people. Through one interview after another, we understood how to talk with people politely. Although the time was short and we had learnt our lesson that we should have started preparing early next time, with each other’s close teamwork, we still completed the impossible mission. We are surprised at human’s unlimited potential and the power of teamwork.