CyberFair Project ID: 3481

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Korea's Science Technology
Category: 4. Local Specialties
Bibliography: No bibliography page cited

School: Taedok High School
    Daejeon, None of them apply, South Korea

4 students, ages 16~17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 18, 2004. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004

Classes and Teachers: Jeong Hwa Lee, Jae In Cho + Soo Yoon, Mi Sun, Chang Hwan, Jae Eun

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Team

Our team consists of two boys and two girls, two 12th graders (Soo Yoon, Mi Sun) and two 11th graders(Chang Hwan, Jae Eun). Our school is located in the city of Daejeon, Korea. Daejeon is the city where all the science research labs are concentrated due to a governmental movement in order to develop scientific fields of study in Korea. Consequently, many students in our school have their parents as doctors and professors in research labs. So we thought it will be a perfect opportunity to introduce the Science and technology of our country via this program…

2. Summary of Our Project

Well…we tried to categorize our project as detail as possible. We dealt on the history of our country’s science technology(past, present, and future), wrote articles based on our research data (important research results, experiments and inventions), conducted surveys on our neighbors, teachers and fellow students, and did interviews with numerous professionals in various fields. We also made a Question board for other students around the globe who visit our homepage to ask questions they might have. We wanted to continue introducing our country through this homepage after this project is finished.

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:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Since we are all living in a country where English is not our mother tongue, we faced many high obstacles during our project. Translating all the articles and experiment reports, which have so many difficult words in them, was a hard mission on its own. Furthermore, high school students don’t have much spare time. We go to school at 7:30am and come home at midnight! This might be a shock to you but it is our lifestyle. For the 12th graders, it is worse; we come to school even on Saturdays and Sundays. So it was very difficult to buy ourselves sometime to meet and organize our project. Thirdly, many research labs in Korea are still very self-closed. So we found difficulty in searching for reliable source of information dealing with highly professional areas in the topics (because many science related articles are full of difficult terminology that we don’t understand). Lastly, our final obstacle was technical. There were so many programs and software we had to learn how to operate in order to build our homepage properly. Because there were only four of us and lack of time as mentioned earlier, it was difficult to do the actual constructing of the homepage.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This project, to us, meant learning vast amount of new information ourselves, and at the same time acting as a so-called “ambassador” to introduce them to others in the world. We felt great pride and dignity as we built our homepage and hope it to be useful in letting the world know what our country is like and how we are affecting the world through our science and technology.

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

We addressed the Science/technology part in the Doors to Diplomacy project. This activity was keenly related to two major subjects we learn at school. First, Politics. We were able to practice what we learnt in Politics class; introducing (showing) our country to the world. We were also able to find, during our research, of how our advanced technology is affecting other neighboring countries in the world. And second, science. We were able to learn much more deeply the things we just memorized in our textbooks. To find out more in detail, we actively searched the internet and science magazines to express as accurately as possible. We learned how to make a homepage. We mastered several software programs related to building a homepage. We were also able to understand certain topics we dealt with in this project. Some things that we didn’t take interest in before became quite a sensation to us now. We also felt very proud of our country’s achievements so far and hoped it to develop even further in the future. Using the internet was certainly much more effective. It saved us time and provided us with much more variety of information to choose from. It gave us easy access to much precious information and enabled us to get a clear picture of the idea of science in Korea.

Project Elements

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

We used two Pentium 4 computers at the school computer lab to work on our hompage while we are at school. Internet was the most valuable tool to us because it enabled us to find information and also share it online among ourselves. We used homephones and personal mobile phones to contact each other and call other people we wanted to interview. One of the places we called was the Arirang Tv station to ask a few questions about one of the programs they are broadcasting. We also found the scanners helpful when uploading the photos of ourselves on our homepage. We also made use of a mp3 voice recorder when doing an inerview with the herb doctor. It was good that we didn't have to write everything down! We had to learn how to use a number of computer software programs in order to build and fix our homepage. We made references to many books and science magazines in our school and local libraries. And we tried and did interviews with many professionals in various fields of studies to introduce as accurate information as possible as high school students.

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

Well, we linked our homepage to our school's main server and enabled our teachers and students to see for themselves the work we have done in this project. We also had many teachers in our school helping us and giving tips very enthusiastically on hearing of our participation in the program. Also when we did our surveys, our neighbors and fellow students were partly surprised and mostly happy to know the kind of work we were doing. The people we interviewed also though good of the idea. Lastly, I told my friends over at Australia about our project and they showed some interest after visiting our not-yet-finished homepage.

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

We made a special corner in our hompage called the Q&A forum, where every visitor who might have a question can inquire us through our homepage. Most students in our shool are aware of our activity and take much interest in it as well. We were also able to visit many laboratories, hospitals and other public organizations, describing our motive and asking for help. And they all quite openly gave us some hand. They all promised to check out our homepage when we are done building it! And our advising teacher is also very intersted in introducing Korea to other countries. She has successfully engaged our school with another high school in Greece. Both the teachers from each school has visited each others countries over the last 2years. She said she would tell her Greek teacher friend about our homepage and encourage her to use it in her classes. That was really exciting~!!!

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

We were very enthusiastic about getting help and permissions form a number of professionals in order to gain realiable and accurate information about the things we wrote on our homepage. We visited many science laboratories, hospitals, professors, teachers and Tv stations. And also, our computer teacher at school helped us a lot in building and fixing up our homepage technically. Lastly I would like to give thanks to all our team members for sacrificing and working so hard to maintain our teamwork throughout this project period~!!! Thanks guys~You guys are the best~!!!

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The most surprising shock was given to us when we visited the oriental hospital. We were able to find out how 'scientific' our own medicine was. Before, it was known to us as something very mythical and magical. Something far off from being scientific. But we were told how it is well provent by the western sciece recently and also how many western foreigners are taking intersest in learning our medicine. The doctor told us he personally would like to fuse the two medicines together and make a more perfect form of medicine. That's why he is attending a course at Seould University on Western medicine. We were very proud of him...


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