1. Description of Our Community
Tamsui-Xinyi Line is a metro line run by Taipei Metro. It connects Tamsui District and Xinyi District and there are thirty stations along this line. Shilin Junior High School is located near Shilin Station. It takes only eight minutes to walk to Shilin MRT Station from Shilin Junior High School, and within 15-minute walk, you can get to Jiantan MRT Station from the school. These two stations are on the Tamsui-Xinyi Line of Taipei Metro, which is also known as Red line.
Red line of Taipei Metro can take tourists to many famous scenic spots in Taipei, such as Beitou Hot Spring,Shilin Night Market and Taipei 101. Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation at Shuanglian Station,Operation Control Center at Taipei Train Station,and Beitou Depot at Beitou Station, which is the biggest train maintenance and repair center, are also on Red line. We can explore the local characteristics along the metro line by walking or taking the MRT as well as learn more about the operation and maintenance of Taipei Metro.
2. Summary of Our Project
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a convenient traffic tool for Taipei citizens. However, MRT is not only a way of transportation, it is also a starting point for people to get to know distinguished places where there are local specialties and cultural activities in Taipei. Through information collection and field visits, our exploration starts with the development of Taipei Metro. Then we delve into MRT stations with unique design and the tourist attractions nearby. We also look into MRT-featured activities, for instance, MRT Street Dance Festival and Fantasy Market (Zhongshan Market). Furthermore, Taipei Metro provides considerable resources in learning. There is an exhibition of the MRT development at Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation, a chance to learn about the operation at Beitou Depot and an interactive Emergency Evacuation Center for visitors to experience how to evacuate through emergency at Beitou Resort. We hope that by planning a jaunt and providing ways to take the MRT, you can experience the colorful and energetic life in Taipei.
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
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
We gathered information together by academic networks and made the website in the computer room of school. We even arranged the data in our personal free time. We communicated each other by Line and Facebook to achieve the greatest effect of teamwork!
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We spent a considerable time working on the project website. The major challenge we had was to arrange the timetable for the visits. Our team members were from different classes and grades, and it was not easy for us to set the mutual visiting schedule because at school, everyone had different classes and school activities to attend; after school, some members had to go to cram school or participate extracurricular activities. Sometimes, we paid visits during school hours, and in order not to be left behind class schedules, we needed to borrow notes from our classmates and asked our teachers for help when we had problems with our homework after visiting. Besides, we needed to collaborate with each other to collect and arrange all the information. Some members had trouble sorting data or typing, but their ability had been improved through this project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
When doing the project, we visited the Headquarter of Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation, Beitou Depot for train repair and maintenance, Operation Control Center for train dispatch and emergency handling and several MRT stations. In addition to learning to appreciate the architectural design of MRT stations, we also visited the adjacent areas around the stations as well as participated in the activities held by the MRT corporation and creative product markets on holidays. We leaned that MRT was not only a convenient traffic tool but also a way to experience a variety of urban cultural activities.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.Language: Our reading competence has been improved immensely from reading and sorting out reading materials during this project. We’ve learned to express ourselves clearly from interviewing the staff and the related people. Also, our writing competence has been elevated from organizing the interview results. 2. Mathematics: Questionnaires of the usual habits and what people would observe when taking the MRT were conducted at our school fair. We used Excel to organize the data and show the survey results with graphics.
3. Science and Technology: During visiting, we’ve learned how the metro system works, such as, the train moves with the power supply from rails and how the staff ensures the security when the maintenance team checks the rail tracks.
4. Integrative Activities: Some members are good at writing, and they wrote reports from sorted information, some members are eloquent and they interviewed people during the visits, and others are creative and their creativity enriched our project. All of us contributed what we are good at and collaborated with each other to make the project complete and successful.
5. Social Studies: We learned what the etiquette of taking the MRT (Civil Ethics), and how the team designs and adjusts the MRT routes based on the environmental difference and traffic volume of each place (Geography). Besides, we also learned about the building history of each metro line from the beginning phase to the final operation phase (History).
6. Arts and Humanities: We delved into some MRT stations with special features, for example, Jiantan Station which is famous for its unique dragon boat design and the enlivened art installations surrounding Zhongshan Station.
7. Environmental Education: The government encourages citizens and tourists to take the public transport to reduce carbon emissions. Taking the MRT is an effective way to go green.