CyberFair Project ID: 5404

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: bamboo cages in Dujiangyan
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Puyang Town Middle School, Dujiangyan City
    dujiangyan, sichuansheng, China

7 students, ages 12 - 14 years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 31, 2008. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 0

Classes and Teachers: Zou Jinshou,Gao Yong,Ren Suqun,Yang Yuming

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our school is located in Puyang Town, Dujiangyan City which has beautiful scenery and rich tourist resources. The forests cover 51% of the whole area. There are a lot of scenic spots here such as the Huangfen Channel and folk street. There are 'one zone and three parks' in the town. One zone refers to Puyang Industrial Zone which is invested and built by Taiwan Zhengfeng Group Co.,Ltd. The first park is the fruit park which is invested and built by Chengdu Taoyuan Industrial Company and professionals in Sichuan Forestry Institute. There are some new fruits in their park such as American black peach, red peach and winter peach. Built by China Academy of Sciences Huaxiya Gaoshan Botanical Garden and Dujiangyan Bureau of Forestry, the second park is the vegetable park in which there are some edible bamboo such as Ma Bamboo and Xue Bamboo, high-quality Huangzhu Grass, and peony for viewing and for curing. The third park is the animal park which is invested and built by Agricultural Institute, and in which some special species are cultivated such as deers and bears.

2. Summary of Our Project

Ingeniously designed, the Dujiangyan Project plays an important role in discharging the water and irrigating the farmlands, which brings prosperity to Chengdu Plain. The main method used in the Dujiangyan Project is the bamboo cages filled with pebbles. It plays very important part in protecting banks and building dams. Nowadays, these bamboo cages have become a kind of works of art in people's lives.

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:dial-up modem

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):

There are two computer classrooms in our school with more than 80 computers used for students and in all there are more than 100 computers in our school. All the computers can get online. There are networks in our school and between our school and other primary and middle schools in Dujiangyan City. The students can get access to the computers in the school and some of them can also get online at home. Therefore, the students can use the networks at home or in school or on the communication platform provided by Town and Talent Co,Ltd to discuss and send their messages.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The biggest difficulty lies in ourselves. We have been used to traditional learning method which lacks the ability of judgment and organization. As for this activity, we should change our learning method. No one tells us how to work out the plan, how to collect materials and how to sort out them. Furthermore, what we research on is the project that is more than 2000 years old. And there are very little relevant materials and photographs left. We have to interview with many local people and note down useful data. Although there are hardships in the research, we have learned a lot.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This activity makes us realize the importance of the Dujiangyan Project which shows the great ability of our ancestors the conquer the nature. The wisdom and creation of our ancestors make our nation industrious, courageous, and full of wisdom. Our generation will try our best to hand down the good traditions. What we get most is working wonders by overcoming the difficulties. According to questionnaire, more people get to know our research and purpose. When we were interviewing Mr. Wu, he told us that the government needed to carry out a series of policies to develop our culture and tradition, especially the bamboo cages.

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

In the last year, we have learned Lesson 11 'The Wisdom and Creation of Our Ancestors'in history which has close relationship with our research topic - bamboo cages in Dujiangyan. This activity makes us further understand the local history, the wisdom and creation of our ancestors, and our nation as an industrious and courageous nation. The research covers a wide range such as Chinese, mathematics, history, natural sciences, and technology. In the interviews with the local people, the students should always discuss their topic and improve their materials, which makes us learn more other than the knowledge learned in class, as well as more opportunities to apply our knowledge in the real life.

Project Elements

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

Technologies and Facilities: Most of what we use are provided by the TV station in our school, as well as the facilities awarded by Town and Talent Co.,Ltd, and others are provided by the relatives of our students. High Technologies Hardware Name Usage Name Usage Computer Word processing,web designing,multimedia,sending of materials Mp3 recording DV Visual Data Microphone Recording DC Photograph taking batteries Electric power camera Photograph taking Printer Output of words and photographs Scanner Photograph scanning U disk Material storage Software Name Usage Adobe Photoshop cs Photograph processing Acdsee 5.0 Phtograph scanning Dreamweaver 7.0 Web designing Microsoft Word 2003 Word processing Internet Explorer 7.0 Link to Internet

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

The leader of our team has contact with the teachers in TV station in our school who provides us some facilities. And when we have interviews with history teacher Miss Ren, she speaks highly of our research topic which she says is the combination of theory and practice. She hopes that we can discover more from this activity. And she also brings her books to us which are of great help. Other students in our school also come to discuss computer technologies with us

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

1. busier Since the beginning of the competition, we should have meetings every noon, or try to complete our tasks and we are taken to the Dujiangyan Project by our teacher to take photographs on weekends. We feel so busy and so excited! 2. more knowledge Although we have learned something about the Dujiangyan Project in history in the last year, we have got more from this competition other than what we have in the class.

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

The web designed by us is what the team members work out by ourselves with reference to online materials, books and interviews. All the photographs are taken and processed by ourselves. Other special explanations will be given where there is no references.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Although we have learned something about the Dujiangyan Project in history in the last year, we learn more knowledge from this competition other than what we have learned in our class. In this activity, we realize the importance of teamwork. We should speak politely to others when we want to communicate with other students. And we have never given up when we encounter difficulties. We have learned a lot of valuable experiences from our teacher and other students.


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