1. Description of Our Community
Taipei Municipal Changan Elementary School is located Zhongshan District and south of the downtown Taipei City. School is closed to the business district and has convenient transportation. There are Songjiang-Nanjing MRT Station and Jilin-Nanjing bus Station. Take the metro to depart from Changan Elementary School to Songjiang Nanjing Station and you can see the public art work connecting the 5 metro lines. We can also get to any public art place set in Great Taipei Area due to the convenience of metro.
2. Summary of Our Project
The public art is the artistic behavior occurring in the public area. According to the provisions of Culture and Arts Reward Act, the setting budget of public art shall not be less than 1% of the building cost. The work of public art of Taipei Metro has already become the object existing for a long time in our life. We hope to discuss the significance of public art and artist’s professional knowledge and listen to the stories about public art through the development of metro public art, so that everyone can have a better understanding of Taipei metro public art and slow down their space in the busy life to appreciate these pubic arts.
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:none
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):
Our teacher built the Changan CWSC (22.214.171.124) web platform for us to upload and update data as well as handing in assignments. When we had no time to meet together, we also used the website discussion forum to discuss. Our teachers also let us use the computers in the classroom of gifted students during lunch and recess to complete our study progress.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Turning point of process During the research process, we have encountered many difficulties. For instance, the transcript is not completed and the guide of metro public art is not found; the interviewees change their journey temporarily to cause the changes in the whole plan; we are too rushed in the journey and we forget to take pictures. In spite of many difficulties, we can always face and solve them together, which has also strengthened our friendship. We have harvested a lot from this tough journey and it is really a blessing in disguise!
Data compilation After interviews, we had to organize the data. We divided tasks, such as writing scripts, writing interview thoughts, and compiling data. The data was very helpful for our research. After the survey, we did statistical analysis and created bar graphs to help us study data. The process for discussion and reading graphs was very time-consuming, but we became more efficient as time went by and our experience grew. It proves our abilities did grow.
Teamwork Work distribution is a very important procedure. The principle is distributing our work according to our ability and expertise, so that we complete each job easily and more efficiently. We first chose our jobs according to our own expertise, and then took our teacher’s suggestions. Teamwork is very important; we couldn’t have gotten our jobs down without the encouragement of our supervisor and each other, thus, we created strong relationship of tactful understanding and cooperation within ourselves.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
During the research process, we have found that the setting of public art needs to consider lots of things which can be completed through the efforts of decrees, artists and establishment agencies. A piece of good work of art can bring lots of surprises and admiration to the city and the surrounding people, and the combination of public art, the public and the community means that the art has been rooted in people’s surrounding environment. When you take the metro, you might as well stop and spare the time to understand metro public art and listen to the stories behind the public art!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Language Arts /Mandarin: The interview manuscript, records, afterthoughts and research data all need the language understanding and integration ability learned in the language field. While making the questionnaires, we need to consider how to make the respondents know our expression meaning or key points and the options cannot be repeated or contradictory. The good oral expression is necessary to interview others or conduct the interview survey. Moreover, we cannot be either nervous or tongue-shy. After the interview, we need to listen to the sound record to transcribe the interview contents. But as the children, we usually cannot understand the language of the adults easily. In this case, it is also our new challenge to recognize new words. Mathematics: During the questionnaire counting, we also have to learn to calculate the quantity and make the histogram, so as to use the numbers to express the results and explain the meaning represented by the numbers. We are amazed that the numbers can be used to express so many meanings. Social Studies: Metro is the public transit tool frequently exposed to us and metro public art is also the object often exposed to us. We are usually in a hurry to ignore the public art, but it plays an important role in our life. It makes the single-colored metro stations become more beautiful and add the color to metro stations. We are interested in these works of art, so we have conducted the further research. Arts and Humanities: The sense of beauty of public art is a kind of feast of visual sense and it needs to be appreciated and tasted to really experience its implication. In addition, the concept of color matching learned in the art class is also needed to make the webpage and give a presentation, so as to make the webpage and presentation become more beautiful. It is the sense of achievement in beauty when we see the edited photos shot by us take on a new look after the repair. Science and Technology: The public art is …