1. Description of Our Community
Taiwan is a Pacific island with beautiful mountains and rivers. It is in a special geographical location located at the junction of the Philippine Sea Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Xindian Mountain has beautiful scenery and a wide field of vision. Our school is located in the mountains, through extensive interactions with nature, students appreciate the beauty of it. Taiwan's mountains have a long history. From the provision of the daily needs of the aborigines and then to the development of mountaineering experience, the mountains and forests are rich in resources. Later, after industrial development, wood became a large export commodity, helping Taiwan's economic and trade development. Now, the mountains are a place for rest, providing the opportunity for people to live along with nature. Students in our school have a certain understanding of mountain areas. The combination of diverse courses and local education has stimulated our curiosity to learn about mountains. Therefore, through this project, we hope to help more people understand the beauty and the life of Taiwan's mountains.
2. Summary of Our Project
The current 108 syllabus in Taiwan promotes school-based curriculum and cross-disciplinary activities. Our school combines a variety of courses, breaks away from the traditional courses, promote cross-disciplinary education, and learns through personal experience. The elite activities are a major curriculum of the school. Through the special mountains and lakes of Taiwan, activities are designed for different ages. The nature of Taiwan is of great significance to the people of Taiwan. Nature not only provides rest but also supports the economy. Therefore, the elite courses are best known for their hiking activities. Our school combine humanities and sports and use actual activities and personal experience to educate the students the three main principal of hiking- clean, quiet and respectful. Since this thematic team has all experienced mountaineering training, the team decided to promote mountaineering-related knowledge. Through Dr. Wang Shihao's knowledge and experience of the mountains, we will discuss how to enjoy the beauty of the mountains without having to worry about the potential crisis of mountain climbing.
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:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Since most of the team members are participating for the first time in the International Cyberfair, we are not familiar with the process of creating the project. Therefore, among the team, two members with experience in participating took the role of president and vice president. However, we encountered various problems during the competition. The main issue was the team’s distribution of work, we face difficulties in cooperating in the most efficient way. Later, with the guidance of the teachers, we were able to better organize our work and produce better work. Our team not only encountered problems in teamwork but also faced bottlenecks in individual work of website creation, questionnaire analysis, and video production. The person in charge of website installation has no experience in setting up a website. The progress starts from zero, taking him months to finalize the website. The questionnaire analysis was also troublesome because some respondents submitted invalid data, causing difficulties in creating the charts of the data. When creating the video of the interview of Dr. Wang, he spoke too fast, which caused some words to be vague. Therefore, the student in charge of editing and submitting the video took three weeks to edit and add in subtitles. The difficulties and hardships during the competition, although they brought great challenges to the team members, cultivated a tacit team and a strong bond between each team member.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In this Cyberfair project, the team researched Dr. Wang, including his background story, his motivation, his job and career, and his goals. Through the interview of Dr. Wang and the questionnaire, the members of the team collected credible data to include in the website created.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The CyberFair project addresses the knowledge of mountain climbing safety, related to our school’s elite program, mountain climbing (Xue Mountain, Hehuan Mountain). The students learned about the knowledge of creating a website, putting together an interview, and working together as a team to be more efficient and to urge each other to produce the most out of each person. The team used the internet to research online for information to help them better understand details about the project. In addition, the members found the importance of being aware of our social and environmental issues. With the help of the Internet, contacting with each member of the team became faster and easier, benefiting all students to be able to finish the project even during winter vacation.