CyberFair Project ID: 8358

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Extra High Voltage Project-Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)
URL: http://whpswp.dcs.tn.edu.tw/lehvscptheme
Bibliography: http://whpswp.dcs.tn.edu.tw/lehvscptheme/reference/

School: Wenhe Experimental Elementary School
    Tainan City, none, Taiwan

10 students, ages 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 20, 2018. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2015,2016,2017

Classes and Teachers: Sixth grade A class

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Our School's Web Site: http://www.whps.tn.edu.tw

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Budai Li(Budai Village), located in Guanmiao District, Tainan City, Taiwan, has six small rural settlements - Luzhou, Caobi, Bajiaoliao, Wanzai, Majiu and Budaiwei. During Japa-nese colonial period, this village was originally named “Budai Bao” as a result of suggestion from Mr. Ruilong Huang, the Chief of Village at that time. However, after the recovery of Taiwan, in 1945, the Taiwanese government then changed the name to “Budai Cun”. In 2011, after the merger of Tainan county and city, another new name “Budai Li” (Budai Vil-lage) is called as the one being known today. “Budai Li” (Budai Village) is the largest resi-dential village in the Guanmiao District.

2. Summary of Our Project

Electricity is a symbol of modern human civilization. If there were no electricity, modern human civilization would be dying out! In order to provide sufficient and stable power, with lots of effort, a group of anonymous heroes have to devote temselves to providing enough electricity for everyone in a 24-hour nonstop relay. This time we are going to ex-plore one of the important links - EHV substation. About 2 km near the school, there is a ' Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation ', which is one of the largest EHV substations in Taiwan and one of the most important substations. It receivess the extra high voltage cur-rent from the third nuclear power plant in Taiwan and Xingda thermal power plant. Throughstep-down converter, this substation transmit electricity to Taiwan around. Without this EHV substation working for 24 hours everyday , one third of Taiwan may be covered by darkness. Today with the students from Wen He Experimental Elemtary School, we hope that we can take a closer look into Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation.

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:2-3

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):

In our school, the role of the Internet in the classroom was viewed as a teaching tool rather than the learning tool for students. To optimize the use of technology in learning, our school administration team has been working hard to facilitate the internet connection, setting up Wi-Fi zones, and encouraging the use of tablets for teaching and learning in different sub-jects. With the help of technology, learning becomes much more fun and effective, and also, there are more happiness and laugher brought into the class.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Although it is only 10 minutes driving from our school to Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation, due to few public transport service, students can only do the observation with the help of school teachers who have cars and time to pick up. 2.EHV substation, after all, is not an amusement park and a large part of the region is dan-gerous. Therefore, teachers can not let students observe in the substation at will without any adults’ company. Also, some eqipments are too professional for students to under-stand the theories behind them. Therefore, we can only try our best to carry out thematic research on the humanities of the substation, hoping to really have some growth and gain precious experience.

3.The internet access is not pevalent in some area of Budai Li. Hence, for those students who have no Internet at home, they could only spend their spare time as much as possible doing the project at school.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Participating in the CyberFair means a lot to our students. For some of them who have nev-er been to the Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation before, this CyberFair project truly builds up a stronger connection between them and the Budai community. Besides, it has provided a better opportunity for students to discover different beauty of their hometown and to love the place where they grow up with gratitude. Like this one, ' Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation ' located near the community. Knowing about the most important substation in Taiwan through the exploration learning, we can understand the basic princi-ples of electricity and believe it will help us learn more in the future. Students can under-stood that 'electricity' is actually not as horrible as it is imagined. It lies in every corner that we live. Because of a group of unnamed heroes, we can use sufficient electricity

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

1.This project aims to encourage students to understand what EHV substation is. Students also learn to find the way to observe the configuration of UHV substations. Before the field trips and interviews, students have to surf on the Internet first to read and find out relevant information. By doing so, students can go into the situation quickly, and learn more while they are do research at the EHV substation. 2.The benefits of teamwork bring higher quality, and increase efficiency and mutual sup-ports. This CyberFair project allows students to work both individually and as a team to explore new knowledge on the Internet. The students also learn how to classify, analyze and organize different ideas and opinions that they have come out of. The importance of teamwork to achieve the goal is cherished by every student who participates in this pro-ject.

3.Teamwork in this project allows students to maximize overall productivity and communi-cation skills. We believe that the teamwork and leadership skills which students have ac-quired in this project would benefit their future study while they are trying to achieve higher education goals.

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Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

1.In addition to smart phones, we also use technology devices such as digital cameras, desktop computers, and Wi-Fi routers.

2.These digital tools can help us in doing research and recording interviews. Also, these tools are beneficial to gather and analyze statistics and information systematically.

3.By getting used to apply these digital tools, we can learn how to apply technology soft-wares, enhance our abilities, and define questions in the projects effectively and then solve the problems directly.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Most of the students took field trips and had interviews at the Longzaki Extra High Volt-age Substation to collect necessary information for this project. When students visited the service area at the first time, they were excited and so curious about everything they saw and experienced there. And after the interview with the Manager Li of Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation, students started to look into more details about this area and asked some good questions which are so creative that impressed people.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Many people in Taiwan are scared of living closed to substations, because of some negative medical reports on electromagnetic waves in the past. Therefore, few people wanted to live nearby substations, let alone 'EHV substations!' However, we are curious that if electro-magnetic waves had such a negative impact on the human body, every employee who works there would be surrounded by a high level of danger all year round, wouldn’t they? In ad-dition to unveiling the mystery of 'EHV Substation', our team also hope that by interview-ing the staff inside to understand their health conditions, we can make a circumspective re-port on how the electromagnetic waves affects humanbody. Perhaps there is no such evi-dence that the electromagnetic waves do seroius harm to our health and without the stereo-type of EHV, people would more willing to accept the 'special neighbor.' The results on the web page we have made will be completely open to the public. Anyone who is interested in the topic of 'EHV substation' can freely browse the web. We hope to help the community and students have better understanding of the ' Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation.'

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Some people in our community work at the Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation, and there are a few of them who are parents of our students. After knowing the Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation is chosen as the topic of this project, they are enthusiastic in providing rel-evant information and other necessary assistance without any hesitation. With their help, our team can handle the situation precisely and quickly , and the students can also easily know well about everything at the substation. Bu Dai Community is a village filled with warm atmosphere that makes Wen He Experimental Elemetary School teachers and stu-dents feel grateful and thankful to their warmth and kind help. As a result, we will do our best in this project this year and promise not to let them down.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Before exploring ' Longzaki Extra High Voltage Substation', there is a stereotype that it was nothing more than a voltage-changing place. However, after it was explored, we realized that it was not as horrible as it imagined. Instead, we feel so proud that such an important substation is near my home. Thanks to the devotion of those people working in the substa-tion, without them, one third of Taiwan's land will plunge into darkness and many things will shut down. We admire their effort from the bottom of our hearts, because those staffs are responsible for the operation of the most important substation in Taiwan. They have to face the ice-cold machines for a long time with all their minds in such dangerous surround-ings. In the end, we are no longer afraid of substations due to our ignorance.

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