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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Wonderful! Pineapple Pastries Being Gold Bricks
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Taipei Municipal Guangfu Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C

19 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 27, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006

Classes and Teachers: Teacher Chou Yu-Shiu, Teacher Shu Neng-Shian, Teacher Yang Ya-Zhu

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taipei City, located in the north top of Taiwan, is a big city with 2,620,000 populations. The city has been set up for 120 years. Both in the past and at the moment, Taipei, the creative city, merging different ethnic groups, new and old concepts and the public need, has been founded and stood towering like a giant for hundred years.

Being a progressive international city, Taipei’s economy is flourishing, and business activities are all inclusive. It’s the first city in Taiwan and attracts a great deal of tourists to come a tour every year. There are more than 80% foreign tourists coming to Taiwan and choosing to go to Taipei necessarily. Therefore, Taipei City has the highest proportion of tourist shopping in Taiwan region.

Although the pineapple pastry is not derived from Taipei, there have been quite a lot of grand bakeries producing the pineapple pastry with their professed techniques for a few decades. Therefore, the pineapple pastry is not only the recollection of Taipei residents but also the best gifts when the tourists come back home.

2. Summary of Our Project

The pineapple pastry has greatly been popular for hundred years in Taiwan. It has always been one of the traditional pastries that are widely liked by the people. Taipei is an international sightseeing city, there are more than 700 bakeries selling the pineapple pastry because it is easy to carry, right in size, keeping a long time and reasonable in price. When the tourists go back home or people go abroad, they always choose the pineapple pastries as the gifts for their friends and relatives. To empower the pineapple pastry the new life like the gold brick, the government unites with the bakeries to announce 'Pineapple Pastries in Taipei, Healthy New Image'. The activity pushes the pineapple pastry to be the “Taipei gift” and expands it to the nations.

The purposes of this project are to understand how the pineapple pastry becomes the “Taipei gift”, to introduce the well-known pineapple pastry in Taipei, to spread the products in the nations and to bloom up the tourism in Taipei. Through this project, we expect the pineapple pastry will be famous all over the world.

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:2-3

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):

Our school provides ADSL for linking to internet with an upload speed of 2MB and download speed of 384 KB. We have completed a wireless internet this year and can receive the internet message in the campus everywhere.

There are four computer classrooms and a multi-media center for making teaching materials in our school. In each computer classroom, there are 35 computers for the students to have the computer class. Also, there is a desktop computer in every classroom of the school and there are more than 90 notebooks provided for teachers to personal use. Totally, we have 106 classrooms at school. So, approximately, there are more than 350 computers in our school, including the computers for the administrative use. Every computer is provided with an exclusive line for connecting to internet and various web services are available for application through the server. The school’s servers include Web Server, Mail Server, DNS Server and Proxy Server that provide convenient online application environment. Every student has his or her own E-mail address and has the capability of web making.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1) Computer Shortage Although we seem to have a lot of computers in our campus, the class computers, bought by Education Bureau of Taipei Government in 2001 and 2002, are out of date. There are no re-new plans because the government is short of budget. Moreover, the maintaining contract, signed by the Information Bureau of Taipei Government and the manufacturer, is at the expiry in 2006, hence the damage rate of the computers in the classrooms is extremely high. The multi-media center for making teaching materials has been out of work and the computer classroom is busy for lessons, so we always borrow the notebooks to do the work. (2)Responsibility System We had adopted the responsibility system to finish the project. Since we, the researchers, came from six different classes, it was rather difficult for us to find the same time to work together. So we had been divided into 6 teams and did our work independently. We met with the directing teachers only two sections each week. During the working period, there were still many activities in the campus, such as Sports’ Day, Graduation Ceremony, school trips, science exhibition…etc, which took the students a lot of time, so time was limited. We adopted a responsibility system to finish the project. Each teams was responsible for their part, and finally all of us work together to finish the whole project. In the researching process, we felt busy, but acquired an abundance of knowledge. (3)English not well Acquainted with and Japanese Impassability At questionnaires, although we were not well acquainted with English, we asked Euro-American tourists questions with an effort. But it was a different situation when we faced Japanese tourists. Generally, the Japanese tourists were not acquainted with English, and we don’t know Japanese at all. All we could do was to communicate with them by the gestures and the broken English, which both of us were not well acquainted with, too. The process of the interviews was really difficult.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

In the project, we well understood the producing process and special features of the pineapple pastry. We also knew the mystery why the pineapple pastry became the “Taipei Gift”. We found each store had their secret of formulation and special features, so the pineapple pastry could be promoted in Taipei City. In the researching process, we were deeply impressed with the pineapple pastry, and, from now on, we will choose the pineapple pastry as the representative gift of Taipei City for our friends and relatives who live abroad

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

Using the topic of “Pineapple Pastries Being Gold Bricks” to teach the students who majored in the project, the research design will be organized to match with the curriculum requirements. 1.Math: statistical Charts. 2.Language: writing interview draft, poetry creates, questionnaires. 3.Art and Humanities: baking pineapple pastry, recommending cards, inviting cards. 4.Society: hometown speciality. 5.Science and Technology: food preserving. 6.Synthetic Activities: interview skills, person interaction, result presentation. 7.Health: calories statistics, balanced food.

Project Elements

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

1.Recorder: During our interviews, paper notes with writing could not catch up so that we used a recorder for assisting us in memorizing the missed portion. Digital camera To record what we did and what we heard. The photos were also selected for using in our web. 2.DVD Digital Video Recorder: To record what we did and what we heard in the video recorder with audio and video. It was a very good recording for our visit and interviews. 3.Mono-gun projector: To project the images and photos on a screen for purpose of presentation. 4.Memory bar: For easy saving of data. 5.Scanner: To digitize the photos taken with traditional camera. 6.Internet: To search related photos, information, telephone numbers and addresses available online. 7.Computer software: (1) Internet Explorer:to search web information (2)ACDSee:to browse digital photo. (3)PhotoImpact:to amend and cut digital photo. (4)Neo Imaging: (5)Microsoft Word:To write work schedule, wording report and research report. (6)Dreameaver:Web making. 8. E-mail To send digital information. 9. Oral Interviews: (1)Ben-Chang, Liao. The Chairman of Taipei Bakery Association. Personal interview. Oct. 19, 2006. (2)Yu-Mei, Jiang. The Directior of Taipei food and Drug Division of Department of Health of Taipei City Government. Personal interview. Nov. 09, 2006. (3)Miss Lin. The Superior of Meles Cake Store. Personal interview. Nov. 06, 2006. (4)Yue-Ying, Lin. The Owner’s Wife of Chia Te Bakery Company. Personal interview. Nov. 08, 2006. (5)Zhen-Rong, Lee. The Owner of Vigor Food Company. Personal interview. Nov. 10, 2006. (6)Zhen-Wen, Wang. The Baker of Green Gulf Food Company. Personal interview. Oct. 19, 2006. (7)Jin-Xiong, Jian. The Owner of Movie Star Bakery. Personal interview. Nov. 14, 2006. (8)Mr. Lee. The specialist of the Baking. Personal interview. Nov. 24, 2006. (9)Jing-Xiang, Xu. The Teacher of the Baking. Personal interview. Dec. 01, 2006.

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

1. The briefing collects: We collected the related news and pasted the briefing on the bulletin board in classroom corridor to provide our classmates to read. It would not only publicize the activity to the schoolmates but also accumulate the knowledge of the topic. 2. Interviews on the spot: The several interviews we made during the researching time enriched the project a lot. In fact, we interviewed Bakery Commercial Association of Taipei, Food and Drug division of Department of Health of Taipei, and 6 well-known bakeries. 3. Questionnaires: In order to understand the reaction and the purchasing habits of the citizens and the tourists to the pineapple pastries, we proceed with the questionnaires in the street. We had learned the skills of how to make a questionnaire. In addition, the questionnaire made us play the role of the ambassadors in the activity. In fact, this action evoked much attention of the citizens and the tourists. 4?Collecting the pineapple pastries: During the researching period, all of us, including the researchers, when walking on the street, we would search for the bakeries automatically and focused the attention on the target of the pineapple pastries. We collected the different kinds of pineapple pastries and compared their features of appearance, weight and packing. 5. Web-making: We posted our researching reports on our website on the schedule time. Totally, we had posted 50 articles of the reports on the Chinese website. We had tried to act the role of ambassador on the internet and it was really a successful work because there were more than 300 persons browsing our Chinese website. We hoped the English website would be fascinating to attract people to browse it and could act the ambassador in the nations, too. 6. Result Presentation: (1) Oral Presentation: In addition to releasing the research result on the website in the school’s website, result presentation was also presided in the campus. We invited 280 students, parents and teacher to attend our presentation. In the presentation, we presented the process of the researching and the products of the pineapple pastries. The audiences gave their great appreciation after our report. (2) Written presentation: The result of the research was printed into class book and then distributed to various schools in Taipei as a promotion.

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

1. The cooperation between the government and the folk created a big strength. In order to promote the traditional pineapple pastries to the international stage, it was important to combine the resources of the government and the strength of the dealers. The suppliers should constantly improve something for the best, and the government was responsible for promoting the products and checking on the food hygiene. Under this condition, based on the cooperation between the government and the dealers the promotion of the pineapple pastries would be larger and smother. 2. The pineapple pastry became the gold brick. The strength between the incorporation of the government and the dealers would evoke the innovation of the local specialties. The pineapple pastries, combining the marketing, the packing, the fashion and local features, would make a profit with infinite opportunities of business in Taipei City, like pieces of the gold bricks.

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

1.Chairman Liao Ben-Cang: Mr. Liao was the back-hand of the activity of the “Pineapple Pastry Taipei, Health New Phenomena”. He was the chairman of Taipei Bakery Commercial Association and the president of Green Gulf Food Company. He mentioned about the related news of the activity and provided a place for us to experience the process of making the pineapple pastries. 2.Universal Communication Company : The company played the role of contacting and arranging to visit the Green Gulf Food Company, and issuing a press release to the media. 3.Director Jiang Yu-Mei: Miss Jiang was the director of Taipei Food and Drug division of Department of Health. She received our interview and explained how the government and the dealers cooperated to promote the pineapple pastry to be the “Taipei Gift”. 4.Superior Lin of Meles Cake Store: Mr. Lin, the Superior of Meles Cake Store, received our interview, and introduced the features of the Meles’ pineapple pastries, which got the gold prize of creativity item. 5.Owner’s wife of Chia Te Bakery Company, Miss Lin Yue-ying: The pineapple pastry of Chia Te got the gold prize of the original taste. Miss Lin brought us to visit the making process of the pineapple pastry and introduced the features of their pastries. 6.Owner of Vigor Food Company, Mr. Lee Zhen-Rong: The pineapple pastry of Vigor Food Company got the best popular prize. Mr. Lee, the owner, received our interview, and introduced how to make the tasty pineapple pastries. Moreover, Mr. Lee gave us the chance to interview the foreign tourists. 7.The Owner of Movie Star Bakery, Mr. Jian Jin-Xiong: The pineapple pastry of Movie Star Bakery got the classy prize. Mr. Jian introduced proudly that their pineapple pastries had the traditional flavor. 8.Baker Wang Zheng-Wen: The baker of Green Gulf Food Company, Mr. Wang Zheng-Wen, was the maker of the pineapple pastry of North Door City. He taught us how to make the pineapple pastries. 9.Teacher Xu Jing-Xiang: Miss Xu was the teacher of Taipei Municipal Guangfu Primary School. She majored in the subject of health and sports, and she was a specialist on baking, too. She received our interview and mentioned us the particular notes when eating the pineapple pastries. 10.Mr. Lin: Mr. Lin was the father of student Zi-Wen. He taught us how to make the pineapple pastries at home. He was a specialist of baking the pineapple pastries, too.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

1. Discoveries: Before the research, we thought the pineapple pastry was only a small dessert. The more we studied the topic, the more we fell in love with the pineapple pastry. At the first sight of the “Taipei Gift”, we thought it was only a special dish of Chinese food. Now we know it is the representation of the pineapple pastry. Wonderful! The little, square and golden pastries were becoming worthy like the gold bricks.

2. Lessons: When we made the pineapple pastries in Green Gulf Food Company, the news reporter of CTI came to interview us. We were looking forward to watching ourselves on the TV. Unfortunately, we saw the topic on the TV was “For Pursuing to Enter the Junior School, the Students in Primary School Learned to Make the Pineapple Pastries for Getting the Certificates”. It was not true. We were so surprised to see this false report that we wanted to ask the reporters what was their discipline. It was an episode, but we felt sorry about that. We learned that one thing had two different sides. The media could spread the news, and at the same time, distorted the truth, too. The lesson is, when we read the news, we should have the ability of judgment and deliberating.

3. Surprises: We are usually nervous when we have to make a public report in the class. Surprisingly, we dared to interview the foreign tourists in the street. It was really amazing for us to do that.


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