CyberFair Project ID: 4980

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Chinese Herb Tea
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: St. Paul's Secondary School
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

6 students, ages 15-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on August 3, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Classes and Teachers: Mr C Lin / Form 4S1 4S2

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Hong Kong is situated at the southeastern tip of China. As an international financial, trading and business center, Hong Kong is well known for its efficiency, transparency and fairness. Ever since the sovereignty of Hong Kong was returned to People's Republic of China on 1 July 1997 and became a Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong has become a place to share the Chinese culture with the rest of the world and also a door for China to get to the world.

2. Summary of Our Project

Chinese Herb Tea has been listed as one of the cultural heritage in year 2006. Want to learn more about Chinese Herb Tea? Don't hesitate to visit our site! Our fascinating site contains information relating to Chinese Herb Tea. Our web site gives a brief introduction about the history of the Herb Tea and the medical effects of some popular herb teas. In addition to the interesting content, there is a video clip about our interview with Mr Yeung, an owner of a Chinese Herbal Tea shop in Hong Kong, sharing his point of view towards Chinese Herb Tea. Hope you will enjoy our site of Chinese Herb Tea.

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

Chinese Herb Tea is a local Chinese culture. At the beginning of the project, we found it difficult to find information of it in English. We needed to spend more time in translating the Chinese or Cantonese texts into English. There are some specified Chinese terms concerning the names and the medicinal effects of the herbs. We had no way to translate them into phrases and finally we used sentences to explain the effects.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our participation in International Schools CyberFair allow us to learn through cooperation and doing project. The CyberFair provide a platform for us to share our ideas, opinions and happiness of the Chinese culture - Chinese Herb Tea to the people all over the world.

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

The theme of our school this year is 'Local Mission, Global Vision'. Through doing this project, we are able to obtain our school theme. We do not only share happiness and knowledge among the neighbours, but also with the rest of the world. We applied our skills learnt in school and creativity on the web page designing. Through activities and research, we benefit a lot by interviewing famous people. We were taught by our experiences gained that we need to be well prepared for every oncoming challenge. Especially, before and after the interview with Mr Yeung. Before we actually meet the interviewee, we had done some research so that we can have a brief idea of what we were going to ask and to achieve a successful and fluent interview; and after the meeting with Mr Yeung, we had got much inspiration from him. We further gathered data based on the interview and what we finally achieved has already gone beyond our expectation. Thanks for the facilities that the school had provided for us to get on the Internet. It offered us a tool for more effective researching, leading us to our destination.

Project Elements

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

We used 3 to 5 computers in doing the project. Discussing current issues related to herb tea; gathering information in the mass media, like television programmes, newspapers, magazines and from reference books; interviewing famous people in the city, etc. All these activities has become our daily routine. We enjoyed our process and we made good use of softwares, like Microsoft Frontpage, Windows Movie Maker, Macromedia Flash to create an attractive web site; adding video of interview and colourful photos which are taken with a digital video camera to enhance the content of the site.

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

We act as ambassadors of one of the Chiense culture - Chinese Herb Tea. It is definitely worth to keep the tradition of the original Herb Tea culture in Hong Kong for the next generation. We started our mission by conducting interview with local people. Then, we spread our ideas and opinions with the rest of the world in our web site. We hope this can be impressive.

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

Through our web page, the locol people will definitely compare the traditional home-made Herb Tea and the new profit-making Herb Tea. We hope our web page can help our people to think about the importance of keeping the memorable history of our civilization.

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

We interviewed Mr Yeung, an owner of a local Chinese Herb Tea shop. We found his shop famous for running for three generations in a local newspaper. We first visited him and ask him for conducting an interview. Then, after a week, he accepted our requect and shared with us lots of knowledge concerning the history and effects of Chiense Herb Tea to the Cantonese. We were glad and thankful that he had provided us with lots of useful information and advice.


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