1. Description of Our Community
At present, Deaf Women's Basketball Team is training in the Far Eastern Stadium, the gymnasium of Oriental Institute of Technology. It is located at the intersection of South Nan-Ya Road and Far East Road in Pan-chiao District. This is a convenient location for commuting players. Pan-chiao is rich in culture and history. Since earlier times, it has been an important town in the North; the famous Lin Family Mansion and Garden is located here. In recent years, with the joint development of train, high speed railway, and MRT, coupled with constructions of new buildings, Pan-chiao is now a prosperous location with vital functions. Deaf Women's Basketball Team becomes associated with the Far Eastern Stadium because of the coaches, Pi-cheng Teng and Pi-yun Teng. They were previously coaches for the Oriental Institute of Technology men and women's basketball teams, which also trained at this same location. So naturally this becomes the practice ground for Deaf Women's Basketball Team. Under the training of these two coaches, the team has transformed from a mismatched group to becoming number one in Asia. With everyone’s support, the team can continue to shine internationally, and display Taiwan's vitality to the world.
2. Summary of Our Project
The story of Deaf Women’s Basketball is not only motivational and inspirational, but also provides a comprehensive meaning to life education. To unveil the touching stories behind it, we developed research objectives as follows: (A)Understand the founding history of Deaf Women's Basketball Team, the significance of the Deaflympics, and develop a deeper appreciation for the efforts behind the process; (B)Understand the inconvenience of the hearing-impaired, and the development in deaf sports; (C)Interview people who have supported the team throughout the process, for an in-depth study and understanding of the difficulties and problems that were encountered; (D)Participate in basketball games, and coordinate activities and projects to introduce and promote their stories on campus; (E)Through active promotion, we intend to not only share and advocate their spirits to students, but also to help gain support for the team.
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):
(A)Web environment at School: Our school has a computer classroom, equipped with Internet access through fiber-optic network. We mostly conduct our research, discussion, and printouts of related data during lunch break or after-school hours. (B)Web environment at home: ADSL, Cable, or fiber-optic Internet access. (C)Data transmitting methods: Through the use of Google Drive, USB, and E-mails, we were able to access and share data in school and at home. (D)Communication modes: Through the use of social apps and emails on cell phones, iPads and computers.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
(A)Playing the role of journalists Throughout our project, we had numerous opportunities to play the role of journalists. We interviewed people from various fields including government officials, news anchor, sports commentator, sports editors, and even a film director. Prior to the interviews, we felt nervous because the basketball players, Secretary-General (Mr. Yu-ping Chao), and the referee (Mr. Hsin-da Lee) were hearing-impaired persons. We were afraid we could not fully understand their replies. Fortunately, documentary film director Ms. Lin shared with us her experience of working with the deaf basketball players, in addition to guidance from the teachers, our interviews were successful, and contributed greatly to our project. (B)Time management Every one of us has a club activity that requires a lot of practice, such as band, dance club, or chorus, in addition to our regular academic studies and other talent or after-school classes. To be engaged in the CyberFair Project, which involves significant planning and researching time, time management was essential. We learned to work effectively and utilize spare moments to complete the tasks on hand.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
After learning the story behind Deaf Women’s Basketball Team, we are touched by their dedication and persistence in pursue of their dreams. Even with disability, as long as you are willing to learn and willing to work hard, nothing is impossible. You may not be able to see immediate results, but once the seeds of endeavor sprouted deep within the heart, you can look forward to the day they blossom.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Throughout the research process, we learned to decide on the research topic, develop a research framework, allocate and plan our work, organize and design to complete our tasks. We worked as a team to explore our research topic. The skills we acquired can be applied in life, as well as in different areas of learning, which broaden and deepen our journey in the quest for knowledge to increased diversity.