1. Description of Our Community
Lukang is in the northwest of Changhua County, situated in the central part of Taiwan. Having been colonized by Holland and Spain in the mid-17th century, she used to be a vital port that exported the most deer skin to other countries, after which reason, Lukang was named. Due to some geographical advantages, the short distance between Lukang and Mainland China made the former a highly prosperous port city in the Qing Dynasty. In 1784, Lukang was officially granted the franchise to allow commercial transactions by ship, which later decked her with laurel being one of the top 3 port cities then . Nevertheless, with the sand sedimentation up to 1845 and the lack of rail transportation, Lukang had sunk into oblivion due to hindered commercial activities. A blessing in disguise, Lukang retakes her fame as a fascinating touristic place nowadays owing to such inconvenience of transportation that keeps plentiful old architecture intact, therefore arraying her with an elegantly antique taste.
2. Summary of Our Project
We are 5th and 6th graders from Ludong Elementary School (LDES), dedicating ourselves to advertising Chi-Niang-Ma pavilion through webpage design. A widespread folktale of romance about a cowherd and a weaver goddess’s annual one-time reunion has lingered in people’s minds for a long time. The date they could see each other is said to fall on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, which explains the name of Double 7th Day, as known as “Chi-Shi” in Mandarin. On this day, many households in Lukang prepare special food and burn Lukang-exclusive Chi-Niang-Ma pavilions to worship the seven goddesses for blessings. Somehow, handmade paper pavilions have gradually been replaced by printed ones recently. In view of the above, our research explores the origin of the aforesaid worship practices and traditional arts of paper offering, further investigating the reasons that make them less remembered or disappearing. Most importantly, it is hoped that more and more pupils in Lukang could get to know more about Double 7th Day through our designed experiential activities, henceforth passing these traditions and customs on to the next generation.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
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
I think the biggest problem in the group is lack of time. In the school can only use a short lunch break time, and some of the number is often unable to come because many people in this group have other positions are also lunch time meeting. So we use winter vacation more leisure time, and went to the school together to do the site, will be additional at home production. Members of this group are business management department. In the computer program is not often contact, so do not familiar with using it. Thanks teachers carefully taught almost zero from the beginning. If there are small places unknown we will support each other, or Find answers from the web yourself.
Every week we will have a meeting for making and discussing website, and draw up a goal, everyone assign different jobs, some teammate may not hand out on time because of the personal reasons, caused our inconvenience, Otherwise we will review our job assign, readjust, and let the finished teammates help those who were unfinished, helping each other, and play our team force.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We through lots of interviews and practice s to finish our Topic, and by the process we promoted a lot of concept of seed paper. Even grant questionnaires (about 182 papers), also let more people to understanding seed paper. Many people do not know this, even surprise their exist. Also think about the significances of them---How to regeneration environmental resources ! Blessing may become environmental protection. Make the seed of gratitude germinate again. After watching out Topic, we believe that more and more people willing to think more. We also make an effort for environmental protection of the world.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We discussed during our lunch break, using websites making skill in computer class, analysis skill in business class, and language logic in English class. In addition to teachers help, we also visited businessmen, made some investigations ,found some books and looked for studios to learn how to make paper ,and we gained a lot.