CyberFair Project ID: 5262

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Youchang Yuan-Shuai Temple
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Kaohsiung Municipal Jia-Chang Elementary School
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C

12 students, ages 11 to 12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 7, 2008. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006, 2007

Classes and Teachers: Shu-fen Wang, Shu-Mei Wu, Shu-hui Chen

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

'Kaohsiung' is situated on the southwestern coast of Taiwan, facing the Taiwan Strait to the west and, beyond the southern tip of the island, the Bashi Channel to the south. It sits across vital sea-lanes connecting Northeast Asia with the indian Ocean, and offers outstanding commercial port facilities. 'To welcome the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung', Kaohsiung City government has lunched a series of construction projects, expecting to build an “ocean capital city.”

'Youchang' is located in the north of Kaohsiung City, closed to Houjing River and belonged to Nanzih District. Its history can be traced back to the earliest Chinese immigrants in Kaohsiung, when some soldiers were sent to set up a camp named 'the Right Camp' in Youchang area by Jheng Cheng-gong of the Ming Dynasty probably in 1661A.D.

There are four temples now in Youchang area:Yuan-Shuai Temple, San-Shan-Guo-Wang Temple (Temple of the Three Mountain-Kings), Ford Temple?(Temple of the Land-God), Ford Temple?(Temple of the Land-God). These temples are the faith centre of Youchang residents. In Youchang, there is no Chung Yuan Pudu for the commemoration of the dead on Ghost Festival in the seventh lunar month. It is very different from other places in Taiwan. That is because Yuan-Shuai Temple emphasizes no extravagant manners. The temple established a management committee, which executes a lot of meaningful and highly-praised programs, such as sending rice and groceries to poor families and awarding excellent students with scholarships.

2. Summary of Our Project

Four main temples, Yuan-Shuai Temple, San-Shan-Guo-Wang Temple (Temple of the Three Mountain-Kings), Ford Temple?(Temple of the Land-God), Ford Temple?(Temple of the Land-God), are just enclosed into a rhombus, defend everything of Youchang area, and have become the place where Youchang resident's soul repose on. Among them Yuan-Shuai Temple developed first, It occupies on the important position of the traffic routes, and becomes the landmark and spokesman of Youchang gradually.

Our research through real visit and investigation wants to understand the history of Yuan-Shuai Temple, its deities, its architecture, its community influences, its special customs, its activities and its future development. With the research, enable people to understand the history and legend of Yuan-Shuai Temple, make more people know the value and historic significance of 'Youchang Yuan-Shuai Temple'!

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:more than 6

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):

[School] We have two computer classrooms and each classroom has 80 computers to provide the students to use it.

The computers in the school have been connected; the team members usually use the computers to search for information and printing out the documents.

[Home] The team members mostly use ADSL to surf the WWW at home. After they leave school, we use the school's mailbox and webdisk to continue our research.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

[Interviews] Problems: Interview is an important topic of our project, because we want to know more about Yuan-Shuai Temple. For time is limited, how to get in touch with those people and how to translate those recording contents of interviews are difficult work. In addition, transportation is also a big problem for us!

Solution: Three teachers helped us to get in touch with some experts of Yuan-Shuai Temple, and we interviewed some locals in temple on weekend. Our team members worked together on a project but did different things at the same time. So that we have completed our missions efficiently in our limited time. As for transportation, we have many enthusiastic parents to give us a ride.

[Technologies] Problems: Though we had accepted the training of interview in fifth grade, but we were still nervous because it was the first time for us to close-up interview.

Solution: Before each interview, we surfed Nets and collected related materials of Yuan-Shuai Temple; Then we edited these materials and made interviewing questions. Because prepareing in advance, we had enjoyed interviews each time.

[Data Assortment] Problems: Because there are very few related materials about 'Yuan-Shuai Temple', we didn't know how to start our project and we needed to take much time to collect data.

Solution: First, we planed the studying category. Second, everyone had his own categorical data to collect. Third, we interviewed different kinds of people to help our research. Finally, we discussed, analyzed and reorganized these data together.

[Software] On the computer skills and dividing works, the teachers have arranged lots of courses to learn the skills, but we still met some small problems on working, for instance: The computers at our house often crashes, causes the work cutting off; The computers of the school installed a' Recovery Genius Program', so we have to reset the settings of Flash again every time. Plus, when we do the assignments at home, the assignments that are needed to upload to the database of the school, often occurs upload failing and mistakes too.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

At the time of this research, in order to make us understand the beauty of traditional architecture of China, our teachers always wanted us to appreciate the layout, totems, and architecture of Yuan-Shuai Temple. Meanwhile, they also requireed us to experience the calm and peaceful atmosphere filled in the temple.

In order to let us understand more the history of Yuan-Shuai Temple, our teacher invited Mr. Chu-Hua Sun who is a master in studying of Yuan-Shuai Temple to tell us the information about the temple. After her telling, we found in surprise that Yuan-Shuai Temple have been existed for a long time since Ming Dynasty, and Youchang is the area which Chinese immigrants inhabited first in Kaohsiung.

When the teachers leaded us to visit shops and locals around Yuan-Shuai Temple, we founnd that they all respect and thank for Yuan-Shuai Temple very much! We hope sincerely that resident's dense love to Yuan-Shuai Temple can be known by more people!

Besides, united is an important factor in a group, and it inspired us to worke harder in our daily life. It is a special experience which we could not learn in our school.

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

1 From collecting the information, drafting the questions of the interview, composing the diary and progress report, to interview the people in our community and the integration of our contents of the website, all promote our ability of analyzing, Marshalizing, arranging and composition.

2 Through the WWW, computer, interviewing recording, video recording, taking pictures with a digital camera, the skills of making our website...etc, it cultivated our ability of the using the internet technology.

3 Via interview some of the community's people, we started to have cognition about our community and have interest of giving oure care to people in the community.

Project Elements

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

During the study, we used the these equipments:

[Hardware] Telephone: Used of getting in touch with other members. Computer: Used for typing the documents, making the website, hacking the pictures, making the lesson examples and conveying the data. DV: Used to record the interviewing video. Digital camera: Used to shoot pictures of the interview Traditional camera: Used to shoot the pictures auxiliary Scanner: Used to scan the pictures and photograph Recording pen: Used to record the interview Recorder: Used to record the interview auxiliary Microphone: Used to record the interview auxiliary Printer: Used to export our data Batteries: Used to support the equipments that need batteries Memory card, USB driver: Used to store and back up the data

[Software] Macromedia Dreamweaver: Used to manage and make the website Macromedia Flash: Used to make animation Ulead PhotoImpact, Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro: Used to dealt with the pictures ACDSee: Used to manage the pictures Microsoft PowerPoint: Used to make reports Microsoft Word: Used to type down our documents Internet Explorer: Used to explore websites, search for information, uploading files and downloading files Open Webmail: Used to communicate with the team members and the Open Webmail’s Webdisk.

Those tools help us to construct our web efficiently and make our web shows perfectly. Many of them are the first time that we use them. We took much time to study what's the usage of them.

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

In this research, we drafted the structure of our research together. After determined the direction of research, we collected materials about Yuan-Shuai Temple from Nets and library. For collecting more information, we interviewed experts and locals. We did fieldwork rain or shine.

In order to understand more information of Yuan-Shuai Temple, teachers arranged an interview to Mr. Chu-Hua Sun for us. Mr. Chu-Hua Sun led us to visit Yuan-Shuai Temple, she made us know the history of Youchang and Yuan-Shuai Temple. through her guidance, we understood the traditional lifestyle of the Youchang residents and knew the reason why Yuan-Shuai Temple has become a spiritual center of Youchang.

By this precious opportunity, we hope more people to know Yuan-Shuai Temple and to be fond of our community.

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

From the research, what we learnt is not only the webpage making, but also forms the‘responsible attitude’. In addition, we have changed the impression on the religion too.

‘Yuan-Shuai Temple’is famous for being very environmentally friendly. Burning ghost money is not advocated not only in Yuan-Shuai Temple but also in family worship activities. Due to such a nice custom, the religious activities in Youchang are not those full of smoke; therefore, it helps reduce air pollution for this area. The temple established a management committee, which executes a lot of meaningful activities to help Youchang residents. It is not only the faith centre of the people, but also influence life styles of Youchang residents. After researching, we have known why‘Yuan-Shuai Temple’is our Guardian God.

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

[Students] Sing-Yu Chen, Syuan-Pei Huang, Jie Li, Liang-Jing Huang, Cih-Rong Li, Cih-Fang Guo, Chong-Yao Gu, Sian-Sin Huang, Sin-Da Lin, Jia-Min Shen, Shih-Sin Jheng, Guan-Ru Lin Working item: 1.Collecting related data. 2.Writing the outline of the interview. 3.Interviewing related personages. 4.Writing down the content of interview. 5.Composing the data in text and drawing the pictures. 6.Filling in the progress report and personal daily record. 7.Making the website.

[Teachers] Mr. Shu-hui Chen Mr. Shu-Mei Wu Mr. Shu-fen Wang Working item: 1.Holding the workgroup meeting. 2.Deciding the Project Name and the plan of research. 3.Offering information and the direction of research. 4.Arranging the interviews. 5.Conducting the work on the website. [Parents] Mrs. Mei-Ling Liou Mrs. Ruo-Lin Syu Mr. Cong-Jhih Lin Mrs. Jin-Siou Chen Mr.Syu-Cheng Jheng Working item: 1.Offering information. 2.Contacting the interviewers. 3.Help recording the interviewing record. 4.Photographing 5.Offering plans of the research. [Community personage] 'Kaohsiung Municipal Ruei-Siang highschool', Mr. Chu-Hua Sun 'Miao-Gong(Person administering the affairs of temple)', Mr. Song-Tang Cai 'A volunteer of Yuan-Shuai Temple', Mr. Shih-Rong Yang 'the chief of Temple Committee', Mr. Shan-Huei Chen Shops around Yuan-Shuai Temple Yuan-Shuai Temple believers or devotees Working item: 1.Offering information. 2.Accepting our interview

[Assistance units] fifth grade primary school students Mr. Zhi-Chao Xu Mr. Bo-Wun Ke Working item: 1.Participate in the games 2.Help to make the webpage cartoon

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

When we pass through Yuan-Shuai Temple, always saw a lot of believers or devotees passes in and out Yuan-Shuai Temple. Before participating in cyberfair, we had not thought why Yuan-Shuai Temple is so famous in our community, but after collecting the materials and visiting actually, we have known history and story of Yuan-Shuai Temple. We find Yuan-Shuai Temple can become Youchang spiritual centre, it is because of the efforts and managing together of community locals. Therefore we should continue extending its environmental protection kindness and its activities of communal cooperation, making more people benefited.

Besides, we have learnt how to divide the work , how to cooperate with each other, how to coordinate our efforts , and how to encourage each other. We worked hard to reach the goal and we have really enjoyed the course.


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