1. Description of Our Community
Changhua County was named “Ban Xian” and known as “Taiwan’s Rice Barn.” In the Qing Dynasty, Lugang Town was one of the quickly developed cities. As a result, it earned the name, “Fucheng, Lugang and Manka.” Local produce includes Dacun/Xihu’s grape, Fenyuan’s lychee, Shetou’s guava, and Yunlin’s starfruit, high quality agricultural products marking to the whole Taiwan. Immigrants from Fujian and Guangdong also created different cultures here. Landmark sites include Baguashan Great Buddha Statue and Lugang Longshan Temple, also known as “Taiwan’s Imperial Palace,” and Grand Mazu Temple. In the ancient time, the said two temples were known by people with three other famous ones: Hu Shan Yan, Bao Zang Temple, and Qing Shui Yan.
2. Summary of Our Project
The Great Buddha Statue Scenic Area, one of Taiwan’s tourism sites, is located at the half way of Baguashan in Northeastern Changhua. Because it is one of the National Baguashan Scenic Areas, it is named “Baguashan Great Buddha Statue Area.” Behind the Great Buddha Statue, there is the Buddha Temple where visitors can have a glance of the whole Changhua City and streets. On sunny days, visitors can see clearly Taichung Fire Power Plant in a 360-degree wide-angle view. Visitors can also climb on the two eight-story pagodas on the sides to see Changhua City better. The Government planed this area for the public to get to know and appreciate features of Baguashan Great Buddha Statue.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
(1)66 computers at two computer labs were used for data search.
(2)Most team members have cell phones and computers at home;on weekends and holidays and after class, we used LINE to transmit data and discuss.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Due to personal factors or the need to go to cram schools, it was not easy for us to find time to get together.
(2)Difficulty to Construct Webpage:
We were new to webpage construction and there were many questions we had at the beginning.
Some members did not write well and we were struggling with some sentences.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
(1)Method to Overcome:
1.Found time to discuss together on summer and winter vacations, in weekends, or on holidays.
2.Made best use of spare time.
(2)Method to Overcome:
1.We consulted IT teachers or senior students that participated in Cyberfair before.
(3)Method to Overcome:
1.Asked those who write well to proofread.
2.We consulted Chinese teachers about article writing.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
(1)How do project elements combine with school curriculum?
After discussion and reports, on-site interviews, analyses, and data preparation, our language and writing competencies have been improved.
After studying the history and geography of “Baguashan” and going to the site, we got to know local history and culture of Baguashan.
For art design and webpage construction, we learned concepts including design and color matching; the sculpture and construction of the Great Buddha Statue taught us the beauty of arts.
During the process of data search, webpage construction, and photo editing, we improved our computer operation capabilities and literacy.
We learned manners and techniques of interviews as well as team cooperation and time management.
(2)What have we learned?
We learned techniques of interview, article writing, data search, and website construction.
(3)What’s the impact of the project on us?
Because of the project, we knew geographical location and culture of Baguashan and after on-site investigation and discussions after interviews, we have been closer.