CyberFair Project ID: 3786

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: An Ignored Pearl on the Sea --- Hsien-Hsi Beachscape
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Hsien-Hsi Junior High School
    Changhua County, Taiwan, Taiwan

9 students, ages 15-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 20, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004

Classes and Teachers: Hsu, Jen-Chieh & Huang, Ya-Hui & Wu, Hua-Shu

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Hsien-Hsi is a small coastal township located in northwest Changhua. Changhua was once called 'Bansianbao,' meaning 'Half Line Castle,' during the middle of Ch'ing dynasty. In Chinese, 'Hsien' means 'line' and 'Hsi' means 'west.' Hsien-Hsi is sitting at the west of Changhua, and that is why it is so named. Most of the natives of Hsien-Hsi are fishermen. People are kind and friendly. The products of Hsien-Hsi are rice, duck eggs, quail eggs, water chestnut, pearl oysters, etc. Hsien-Hsi was once called 'the kingdom of Taiwan duck eggs' because during the golden age there were hundred of thousands of ducks along the coast. The view of ducks looked like a long, white blanket. It was very gorgeous. Geographically, Hsien-Hsi is a coastal plain. Lured by the view of the beautiful beach, many fishermen and tourists come to Hsien-Hsi, especially on holidays. The first place they visit is usually Wunzai Port, located at the boundary between Hsien-Hsi and Lugang. This port is famous for the fresh seafood. Rouzongjiao beach is also a place tourists like to visit. Finally, the development of Changhua Coastal Industrial Park brings in businesses that help spur the economy of Hsien-Hsi.

2. Summary of Our Project

Hsien-Hsi is called 'Fongtoushueiwei' because it is located where the wind begins and the water ends. The beach at Changhua Coastal Polder often attracts many tourists. The two most famous are Rouzongjiao and Wunzai Port. At Rouzongjiao beach, visitors can go fishing, swimming, horseback riding, birdwatching, beach motorcycle riding, shrimp monkey digging, etc. Although Wunzai Port is not big, the fishermen often catch many fresh fish, shrimp, and crab. Therefore, more and more tourists come to this small port on holidays. These advantages help Hsien-Hsi prosper. Recently some people want to make Hsien-Hsi beach into a resort. However, we found no good plans and equipments to enhance the natural beauty of the beachscape. Therefore, we collected all kinds of documents, observed Hsien-Hsi more carefully, and interviewed the head of the township and people who had valuable information about Hsien-Hsi. As a result, we have tried to present a new proposal for Hsien-Hsi and give Hsien-Hsi a unique and brand new future.

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:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

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

Our school uses one FTTB and one T1 network wires to connect the Internet. We set up firewall, and adopt NAT system to complelte the environment. Except our web server, we link every server with Linux system and build up the whole Intranet environment, thus provide basic services. All the students involving in this project have either ADSL services at home.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Time problems: the pressure of school and competition As ninth graders, the serious pressure is how to pass the Basic Academic Competence Test, therefore, we don't have much time to think or discuss our project. We usually use break time, lunch break or after school to discuss and do scheduled activities. All the activities take a lot of time and efforts. Although the thought of giving up sometimes comes to our minds, the encouraging of the teacher gives us more confidence to keep going.

2.From macroscopy to microscopy: To understand our hometown more, we visited the attractions and interviewed the local people. We went to the Hsien-Hsi beach many times. At the beginning, we just knew Hsien-Hsi a little. In the end, we observed, analyzed and interviewed in detail more; we even spent one half day each time.

3.Writing problems: By cooperation, we conquer each problem that we have to face every time. A half year ago, we wouldn't understand or catch the writing skills and topic when we wanted to write. This is because we don’t usually write. However, we can write down the feeling for our hometown now. Furthermore, we have the abilities to modify the content by continuing discussing. We hope that we can introduce the strengths of Hsien-Hsi beach. This project not only involves us to know our hometown more, but also makes us learn more in our life.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We have lived in Hsien-Hsi for more than ten years, but we always envy the prosper of other cities and forget to love our hometown at the bottom of our heart before. Now we have to love, know and treasure our hometown more than before, otherwise these good memories will flee when Hsien-Hsi is developed. Creating this project, we learn much from the people interviewed, especially their philosophy of life. They love Hsien-Hsi and work hard. whether the surrounding environment is difficult or not, they always keep thankful, optimistic, brave and uncomplaining. All of these personalities move us deeply. Living in this material society, maybe we should observe our hometown in different ways. Furthermore, we should pay more thankful, enthusiastic attention because we grew up here. Owing to this opportunity, we understand ' beauty is everywhere; we don't lack beauty in our eyes; we lack discovery in our mind.' We also learn many skills. Although we face many difficult problems, we do our best to overcome them. All of these experiences will keep in our mind forever.

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

We find that our research for this International School CyberFair project can support curriculum guidelines about literature, social science, art, and science. Below are the examples: 1.Literature: We improve the abilities of literature through interviewing local people, editing the project and analyzing the information. 2.Social science: We know Hsien-Hsi more and understand the interaction among people through participating in this team. Furthermore, we realize the importance of loving the hometown and earth. 3.Art: We usually go to Hsien-Hsi beach, record the beautiful scenery, and interview local people & tourists. Therefore, our imagination, creation, feeling and attitude for art are promoted. In addition, we learn how to plan and act by drawing the local map. 4.Science: Our research includes knowing local biology and environment, for example, the growth of oyster, the behavior of monkey shrimp and bird’s care. We also use all kinds of technologies and Internet to produce web pages that can introduce our community to the whole people in the world. Finally, we know and value us more through group activities. In addition, we learn how to appreciate other persons' strengths. All of those thoughts help us interview, record, and analyze more effectively.

Project Elements

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

Tools used: one digital video camera (recording the interview process, sound and images), Telephone & cell phone (keeping contact and discuss conveniently), 11 desktop computers (producing web pages, uploading photos, and analyzing the information/documents), 3 flash disks (saving the documents and assigning the job), one tape recorder (recording the personal interviews, helpful to analyze the documents), 3 digital cameras (taking a shot and convert the photos into computer, using these photos to multiplying our web pages), and one printer (printing the documents early and modifying conveniently). Software used: Skype & Yahoo Messenger (communicating on-line and sending information), Word (writing reports and editing), and Photoshop & PhotoImpact (modifying the photos and images). Internet used: filling the scheduled project, checking the information of Hsien-Hsi beach, surfing the historic International School Cyberfair projects

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

We act as community ambassadors for International School CyberFair both on-line and in person. We visit the attractions and interview local people in person, on the telephone, with e-mail, etc. We find that many people continue to try and create just to make their hometown better, not for themselves. For example, the ranch becomes to teach 'preserved duck eggs making' and 'wine-brewing' from horse-raising; the head of township also keeps building this small town into different styles. In addition local people are happy to see students involve in the research of their hometown. They hope children love their hometown since their childhood. The owner of seafood restaurant hope us study for the purpose of application and knowing more seafood. Then we will know how to order at the restaurant when we grow up. Meanwhile we appreciate the peasant association for providing us financial support; therefore we don't need to worry about financial problems. Furthermore, all of them hope their children build their community with them. Although our abilities are just little, we hope everyone can find the beauty of our hometown through our research and try to present a new proposal for Hsien-Hsi and give Hsien-Hsi a unique and brand new future.

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

Although the topic is Hsien-Hsi beachscape in this project, the people interviewed impress us more. In this small town where many young people move out, however some people still keep their positions and contribute themselves to preserve the tradition. Because of our interviewing and attentions, local people think more about their self-importance. They hope the new generation can keep and continue the good culture of this small town. Although these people in hometown are not like famous businessman, they are really great people for us.

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

Many organizations and local people provide us useful information and opinions. The township government provides us the township information and community development project; the chairman of wild bird association accept our personal interview and provide the birdwatching information of Changhua coast; Lin's ranch accept our visit and give us ranch information and VCD with information; the head of township provides the valuable information about Hsien-Hsi. We also interview the owner of the seafood restaurant, the vendor of selling sausages and our parents. Because of their assistance, we can get the newest and complete information.


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