CyberFair Project ID: 5018

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: No more flud from Typhoon Tao-Zhi in restoring of Da-Xin Village
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Hualien Dasing Primary school
    Hualien, Taiwan, R.O.C

6 students, ages 10~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 2, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007

Classes and Teachers: Yao Zhang,Tseng Liang-Rong,Lai Hui-Ping

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Hua-Lien is located at east coast of Taiwan, along to Wonderful Pacific Oceaon. It is full of Bountiful Natural Scenery, wonderful rivers and mountains, plus with special landform and geology, it became the best gorgeous scenery, was called Easter SWISS and Taiwan Carrar.

The Da-Xin Village of Hua-Lien county is one of the nine village of Guang-Fu township. You could find it from Tai number nine Road to south direction and turn right at the 255.5km Railway Tunnel Sign. Then it takes another 500 meters to reach our village.

It's hard to find related records according the Name 'Da-Xin'. The only one is from research of Professor Shou-Cheng Liao, researched at Hua-Lien Teacher College on 1985, on 'The formed and change of a-Mei tribe in Hua-Lien county' said, at the end of ninteen century, Tai-Ya tribe was inhabited Ma-Li-U, then moved to west side hill of Fu-Yuan to preventing from being bothered, the last family was called Okakay Afterwards the A-Mei tribe built community here, and called the community 'Okakay', it was translated as 'Gang-Jie' , finally changed to 'Da-Xin' after the restoration of Taiwan. Therefore the Name of ' The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan' in Da-Xin Village is called 'Gang-Jie Church'.

The Meaning of 'Okakay' in aborinige has too many explanation and sayings, thes makes the history of Da-Xin being covered with a acient mystery mask.

The Da-Xin Village was famous for its Da-Xin waterfall, but the floud at 2001, destoryed this tourist attraction and crumple this community. By the faith of the communty inhabitants, they make the dry and brown land has sprouting again.

2. Summary of Our Project

1.What did the Da-Xin Community of Hua-Lien County do on the rebuilding work after the Typhoon Tao-Zhi?

2.Does these works meet the local safty requirement?

3.In order to look after both Leisure Traveling and Environment Conservation, what else can we do to accelerate the work of eco-conservation?

The Typhoon Tao-Zhi came to visit Taiwan in the morning of Jul. 30th, 2001. The people in Da-Xin Village,Guang-Fu Town Hua-Lien County, expericened most terrible night of the last several decades. Hillside of the village was full of floud and the dike of Nan-Qing-Shui Stream broken. Suddenly Stream and floud are all over in village during the night without water and electricity. The road ,fields and houses became floud roads. Many people died. Time Passed, those alive people, suffering Sorrow, steadfastly rebuild their home. The above questions are our research direction and website content. We lead the students to find out the influence of the Typhoon in 2001 and visited some related people of the community and administration units. The students doing interviews, planning on the observe activity, Visting and write down reports. At the same time, they also gather data in paper and from Network. Aftering Gathering all kinds of data, they start to arragne and plan , then finalizing the website design. We hope waht we did could help other students and others have more understanding and expecting to the Government policy on renovating rivers.

We hope this project could help people understand how the community people can overcome from this disaster? And how do we make balance between nature and community. Also expecting our government could make further research on renovating rivers and seeking better benefit to people.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

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:4-6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Network at School

We use ADSL as our internet service at school. The Computer classroom has 14 Computers for students, AMD sempron 3000+, and One computer for teacher.

Network at home

Several team memebrs have 56k Dial up service or ADSL at home. They usually discuss at school or via email, MSN messenger, FTP and the project forum system to exchange data and sharing experience.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Not Familiar with Related People and Place, but we got help from rou principle ,School administration Department staffs, related units and persons.

2.Parents help on contacting narrator and project related people.

3.Project buget is relying on School Administration budget and sponsers found by teachers to support.

4.Teachers drive vehicle for transportion.

5.We want to thank the village head and 6th construction station of son and water conservation bureau provided information and introduction. 6.Use lunch break and school break time to research the project.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

'Begin from the footstep.' 'Experience life from actions.' This kind of life experiences will be very helpful to increase learning attitudes in the future. Through caring about the nature and approaching the nature, we found out more treasures in the environment we visited. This research activity has broadened our view and extended our breadth. It also let us have more confidence and expectation on our future learning path. These webpage also show the others feeling.

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

Mandarine and Language Art During the researching proccess, we have learned several very basic, but important abilities. For Example: Project website, Reading Professional Books. By reading books, we have generalized many data and finalized our learning notes. We have also seen our learning history by writing progress report. We also leanred how to communicate while making interview records and using proper sentences in the interviews and write important parts into records. Social Studies By combining with eco-conservation and environment protection themes from the 5th Grade social course, we actually experienced and proved what we learned and extended our course to related outdoor materials.

Science and Technology Developed Scientific researching attitude and project researching ability. Using resarching result to find out efficient way for resolving questions of life.

Arts and Humanities Developing ability for enjoying the beauty of nature and express feelings by sharing or taking pictures to keep our memory to community, then extended out the beauty of sociaty via internet.

Information Technology Education During the proccess of gathering and intervies, we have learned to use all kinds of resourses and multi-media equipments to resolve any difficulties we faced. For Example: Internet, Digital Camera, recording machine and computers... And learned how to coordinating these skills and use, then became a information creator, not a information copier.

Environmental Education Conjunction with our project content, it helped us understand the beauty of Nature, learning to enjoy, respect and cherish the gifts of Nature, then continousely taking care of this wonderful land.

Project Elements

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

We used “computers” and “internet” often. They ware used in writing and uploading our daily reports, searching information, making website, and emailing to each others. Appropriate “software” is needed at the same time. During the interview, we used “digital cameras” and “tape recorders” to get the materials that we want. When we make the webpage, we used a “photo scanner” to input our pictures and a “printer” to output the results we made or searched. Totally, we had used “computers”, the “internet”, some “software”, a “digital cameras”, “tape recorders”, a “photo scanner”, and a “printer”.

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

Our goal of this project is to let others, get to know the beauty of Da-Xin, and let everyone understand the goverment policy to river renovation in these years. Therefore we let more people, through Cyberfair, understand that besides the biggest comb dike and floud in Da-Xin Community, there are more scenery for us to get to know the beauty of Da-Xin. Plus the government use all kinds of construction on the reiver renovation. Wether these constructions fit the acknowledge of the scholar or could prevent from disaster. But each visitor will understand all history in this community through our project report. Each member in this project has their only work to do, via group work , gathering and arranging data, discussions and group interviews, let we apply these learned knowledge into our life, proving the knowledge in life. In each interview and visit, we became more concentraive, gained better interview skills and encouraging each other, then let things become more perfect. The most important improve is we became more dissected and let those who we interviewed felt our cordiality and earnest.

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

There are many learning activities at outside the school in this Research plan, for example: Gathering data, develope interview skills , beforehand planning, writing research report and building webpages. We have developed many ability, through these proccess, these are precious learning experiences. During the interview proccess, those who we inteviewed were undoubtedly agree our goal and think that there will be more people loves this land with respectful attitude via our advertisement. And people will be willing to pay more mental power to protect this land for their descendant.

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

We want to thank our principle and all the teachers who have helped us in our schools. They spent lots of time to give us information and to help us to finish all the works we need to do. Teacher Yao, he teach us using the computer skillfully. We also want to thank all the people with whom we had the interviews. They are official members, teachers, and people in the Taroko national park. They are happy about that we work on the project related to local Attractions. They think we are doing an important thing. We are very grateful to some student parents who had been giving us a hand in helping us connect with people whom we want to visit and how to do a good interview. Thanks for the help of these people.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We didn't have related skills and knowledge for project research, but by the guidance from teachers and all kinds of proccess in this preiod of time , light up our passion to the project. We came to realize that the river renovation is not only to comb dike, but more to be work on. The Tao-Zhi Typhoon has passed, but the Luo-Jia-Lan will be restored, as the greeny leaves grows, it also help us better pay respection to the nature, more like and cherish it.


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