CyberFair Project ID: 5263

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Climate is changing, so should you
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: River Valley High School
    2 Malan Road, 2 Malan Road, Singapore

6 students, ages 15 to 16 years worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 19, 2008. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005, 2007

Classes and Teachers: Mr Suria, Mr Teo

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Singapore is a small island country located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in South-East Asia. Singapore has about 4,483,900 people (as of December 2006) spread over a land area of about 699.4 square kilometres (44th smallest country in the world), making it the densest-populated country in the world after Monaco at 6,208 persons per square kilometre.

2. Summary of Our Project

Climate change is when there is a change in the Earth's global climate over a certain period of time.

These changes can be caused by natural process on Earth, as well as external forces such as human activities.

Therefore, our project seek to investigate the causes of climate change and how they will affect our lives. Most importantly, our project aim to raise awareness amongst the people, for them to take action and responsibility for their environment.

We had also interviewed individuals in our local community to talk about the efforts they had made and the efforts made by our country, as well as what the other countries can do to address climate change.

As such, we hope that people who visit our website will have a change in perspectives and take an initiative to play a part in preventing further damage to the Earth.

Lastly, through our research, we had also suggested several solutions to prevent further damage to the Earth. People who visit our website can take the solutions into considerations.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Consisting of members from year 3 and year 4 and all of us in different classes, it was hard for all of us to meet up to work on the project together. Our only available time was during our co-curriculum session but even so, we are not always free then.

From last year's experience, one of our group members had us look out for reliable web hosting websites. We had much difficulty deciding on which hosting server to use, but finally chose the more user friendly host.

It wasn't easy for us to find time to work on the project other than the time during our cca session. Having to cope with the tests and assesments that our school gives, we had problems trying to juggle our time well. Some of our members had to stay up late in the night to complete the work but the sacrifice was worth it.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our participation in International Schools Cyberfair has meant learning and sharing our knowledege on climate change to the rest of the world.

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

Our Cyberfair project showed a link of how our local Singapore community, is linked with the global community in terms of the responsibility of climate change by looking through the eyes of Singapore and the world, enlightening us by providing a global perspective to this issue.

The project allowed us to practice our Habits of Minds learnt in school, with processes such as empathy and livelong learning being practiced and important new skills learnt like the analysis of information and critical thinking. These skills enabled us to grasp the key ideas of the various articles and websites we researched on. We feel that the skills learnt will prove extremely useful in the future.

The project also allowed us to work together as a team, not as individuals. Work is split up accordingly to ensure the workload of the overall project is not too much to handle and that we all play important roles in the project.

Finally, the project ties in closely with the goals our school has set for its students. Our school’s vision is to allow students to be “equipped for the future” and one of its core values to have a global perspective. Indeed, the project has allowed us to know the present and to have the knowledge to change the future of the world, to think globally by acting locally. The internet has indeed been a great help in the completion of our project however we feel that it is incomparable to the information found in books hence we used a mixed of both for the research of our project.

All in all, we each play an important part in conveying the message of climate change to our classmates and friends by becoming ambassadors of the world, passing on this message of our dying earth.

Project Elements

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

6 personal computers from home to work on our research and design of the website.

Newspaper articles to support our research.

library books borrowed from the National Library for research purposes.

computer software such as notepad, adobe photoshop, adobe flash for the design of the webpage. we also made us of the notepad and microsoft word to compile our research before putting them into the webpage.

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

We had interviewed with two individuals that we spotted on the streets in our local community. Both interviewee were more than happy to help us and they were glad that they had met us as they learnt many other ways to save the Earth through our website.

Taking the first interviewee as an example, she is a housewife who was shopping for groceries at the time when we spotted her. Upon knowing the objectives of the interview, which is to find out from her about the efforts she had made to save the Earth, and viewing our website, she was enthusiastic about responding. This is because she was proud that the actions she had been doing everyday actually helps in saving the Earth. For example, the usuage of reusable grocery bag instead of plastic bags.

Not only that, she was glad that she had met us because she had learnt many other ways to save the Earth.

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

We have informed our friends and family about the website, requesting them to view it in order to have a clearer idea about climate change.

From this, we hope to raise the awareness of climate change and how it endangers us in many ways. As such, they would also learn about the many things that they can do to make a difference.

The other participants from all around the world will also be able to learn more about climate change through our website. We hope that they would pass on the message and influence their peers as well as others around them to take action and make a difference to our future.

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

We interviewed willing parties in our local community to aid in our project.

We had our geography teachers to help look through our research to ensure the accuracy of the information. We received good responses from them.

Furthermore, we asked some of our friends to help look through our website and at the same time, provide us with comments to improve on the website.

Our teacher-in-charge, Mr Suria and Mr Teo and our cyberfair international coordinator, Feng Run also gave us much help and suggestions to improve on for our project.

We would like to take this chance to thank all the people who had helped us in the process of the project.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Initially, we chose the topic as we felt it plays an important role in our lives as it affects us and our actions affects it too. As we went on with the project, we found our many other interesting information about the climate change. Some includes that the Earth's axis would actually tilt between certain degrees and that humans play a big role in climate change. Through the process of researching, we were awarded with many informative facts that gave us a much clearer idea of climate change. We realised that every single action that we make affects our climate and our climate makes an impact in our daily lives too.


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