CyberFair Project ID: 8402

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Beautiful Memory of Coal in Houtong
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Jui-Fang Industrial High School
    New Taipei City, New Taipei City, TAIWAN

8 students, ages 16-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 6, 2018. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2017


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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The Houtong area located between Jiufen and Pingxi is surrounded by high mountains. Keelung River flows through from south to north, making it a mountain town in the long and narrow strip of valley. The residents live by the mountains and river. Due to the geological location, it is hit by the northeastern monsoon every year. It rains over 200 days a year. The place was developed because of the rich mines and also declined because of the mines in Taiwan stopped to produce gold and coal.

2. Summary of Our Project

A quiet mountain town used to rise and fall with the coal mining. People have gradually forgotten that “Houtong” used to be the hometown of coal. The establishment of the coal-mine ecological park will reacquaint the public with the “historical relics of mining.” Through the questionnaire, document collection, and local guide, the research team will have a deeper understanding of the mining history in the Houtong area.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We encountered and overcame the following obstacles: 1.Insufficient activity photos and content: Attend mining in person, increase questionnaire. 2.Relatively insufficient time for group discussions: Record meetings and put notes online for further discussion. 3.Website design skills not proficient: Seek assistance from teachers or search for guidance online. 4.No previous experience attending Website Exposition: Discuss previous Website Exposition award winners with teachers and members. 5.Work distribution & progress: Push group members to work harder and request assistance if encounter difficulties.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our research project on the Houtong mining industry sought to give us a deeper understanding of our local culture and we hope more people can learn about it. We were made to feel like a part of the community, spurring us on to make a contribution to Ruifang.

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

1. We developed strong connections with each other as we faced challenges together. 2. We conducted research, survey, and organized the survey transcripts. 3. We learned about designing web pages and surveys, organizing data and information, among many other things. 4. We used Excel to organize survey responses, analyze data, and create graphics. 5. We integrated information and data from the surveys, and others to complete the project.

Project Elements

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

1.Hardware a. PCs: Research information, Web Design b. Mobile phones: Contact group members, make appointments c. Digital cameras: Take photos at the Houtong Coalmine Ecological Park d. Flash drives: Store data and backup files e. Handheld recorder: Record interviews f. Printer: Print documents g. Scanner: Scan documents 2.Software a. Microsoft Word 2010: Process Documents b. Dreamweaver CS6: Web Design c. Photoshop CS6: Edit images d. Microsoft Excel 2010: Analyze survey data e. Line: Communicate, coordinate with group members.

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

Our research project on the Houtong Coalmine Ecological Park sought to give us a deeper understanding of our community’s local culture. By attending the International Cyberfair, we hope that people can see another side ofHoutong. We collected extensive information through surveys in order to form a better understanding. Finally, we presented all of our data with statistics.

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

We are students at Jui-Fang Industrial High School in New Taipei City and come from far away places to study in Ruifang. We tried to take this opportunity to learn more about the local culture and are pleased to introduce our local community attractions, Houtong Coalmine Ecological Park. The impact of our community: In terms of the survey result, we approve the overall planning of Houtong Coal-Mine Ecological Park and also hope through this chance to do the great promotion and introduction to Houtong. At the same time, the park can develop the diverse cultural and creative products and mining experience tour to deepen the tourists’ impression on Houtong Coal-Mine Park. The impact on us: 1. Deeply understanding of Houtong history. 2.We observed changes in our perceptions as well as growth in our attitudes towards work. We learned how to cooperate with each other to resolve issues quickly and effectively, and also gained a lot of valuable experience throughout our investigation.

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

1. The volunteers serving at the park explained the general situation of the park and specifically pointed out the historical relics at each exhibition hall so that we gained the messages we needed in a more systematic way. 2. The security guard of the park is the son of a miner, knowing a lot about coal mine and enthusiastically explaining the formation of coal and the process and sorting of coal mining. 3. Mr. Wang Yeh-sheng They are our English teachers at school and helped us polish the content

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Through the on-site interview and experience, we have more concrete knowledge on the history and culture of the coal mining in Houtong. Coal is the gift to the Houtong area granted by God. After coal mining stopped, the population moved out and Houtong has been gradually forgotten by people. Here we’d like to express our gratitude to New Taipei City Government for establishing Houtong Coal-Mine Park, which has preserved the valuable historical relics. In our months of collaboration, we put in lots of hours learning many things we did not know before, including web design, survey design, and interviewing techniques. Our efforts showed us that we still have a lot to learn. However, through long hours of teamwork, we developed strong connections with each other as we faced challenges together


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