1. Description of Our Community
Shidong Market was officially opened on October 4, 1992 and has a total of 255 stalls, two floors and more than 20 years’ history so far. It is provided with the environmental protection and energy saving measures like solar panels, LED lamps, etc. Under the leadership of Mrs. Kui-chao Hsu, the self-governing committee’s president, Shidong Market is changing with each passing day, having changed from the ordinary and slightly messy traditional market in the beginning into a clean and hygienic traditional market and the pioneer of traditional market development. Shidong Market also held the “Good Relationship” project in May 2016 to conduct a big reconstruction for the market to provide reconstruction design for some vendors, letting them to have a strong artistic and brisk touch. Its self-governing committee hopes to create a modernized new market to reverse the citizens’ stereotyped dirty, messy and unhygienic image on the traditional market. The changing of Shidong Market would become a benchmark to be followed by the future traditional market, which is also an important step made by the traditional market towards the “modernization”.
2. Summary of Our Project
The stereotyped images of many people on the traditional market are messy vendors, garbage littered everywhere and inconvenient undesirable odor. These have become the established impression of the traditional market in Taiwan hard to get rid of even in the high-tech metropolises. However, our Cyberfair project of this time, the Shidong Market located in the Tianmu business area, has converted 19 vendors into the stall fronts full of the sense of design after the perfect finishing touch of reconstruction by the design team of the “Good Relationship”, giving a new look to Shidong Market as well. The “Good Relationship” has connected the traditional market with the “beauty”, improved the environmental hygiene, increased the quality and added beauty to the market in a hope to create a world-class traditional market. In order to bring Shidong Market to a higher level, our team of Sanyu Elementary School hopes to combine Shidong Market with new technologies to improve its air quality and reduce the contaminants through the new technologies like Arduino and IoT so that Shidong Market could have further development and become not only a traditional market full of human touches, but also a modernized traditional market.
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):
The school’s network is provided by the Ministry of Education, the environment is not bad as a whole and the teachers can also help us to solve the problem.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Shidong Market has already been a very high-class traditional market in Taiwan, environmentally friendly and having a comfortable space. It was really not easy for us to come up with the places for improvement. The school teachers happened to mention about all sorts of smells mixed in the air of the traditional market. So maybe we could go there to feel the local air actually and combine the recently very popular Internet of Things and the Arduino we have experienced at our computer class to make some decisions faster than humans, such as disaster prevention and emergency starting of the air-conditioning and other systems in the case of too high temperature and humidity.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Although Shidong Market is located near the Sanyu Elementary School and we have all been there, we have never expectedly that we could also utilize the technology to have a different experience. Through this study, we all have had a better understanding on how to use computers to create some interesting experiments. Although the process is hard, it is very meaningful.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?