CyberFair Project ID: 5568

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Taiwan High Speed Rail Happy Go
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Chingshin Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

12 students, ages 10-11 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 19, 2009. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2008, 2009

Classes and Teachers: Shih Ru Yu, Wu Jin Jin, Wu Wei Yuan, Tsai Hsin Yi / Class 605

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The THSR that has transport service in year 2007 connects the two main capitals - Taipei and Kaoshiung and other cities and counties mainly in the west of Taiwan. The rail’s total length is about 345 km, which is one of the most important arteries in the west of Taiwan in nowadays. THSR is now the fastest transportation on land in Taiwan. It is also the index of Taiwan’s rails. In addition, it helps Taiwan’s history of transportation gets into a new milestone. The suggestions of Taiwan building high speed rail started in the time of 1980, the basic reason of the suggestion is to solve the problem of transporting from city to city everyday. In the year of 1998, the idea had started. THSR is Taiwan’s first and the world’s biggest scope of the BOT pattern in the public construction. THSR has 12 stations in total, which are Nankang, Taipei, Banciao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, and Zuoying. THSRC expects to form the THSR as the longitude, and the district mass transit as the latitude, and become a public transit web. They also expect to push forward to balance every city and county. Our team “Sonics” had a deep-going visit, and we wrote down everything clearly.

2. Summary of Our Project

From 2007, after THSR having the transport service, it shortens the time of transporting from the North to the South. It made the dream of one-day-traveling come true. It only took 90 min. from Taipei to Kaoshiung, which is the fastest transportation on land in Taiwan. THSR is also an important construct of tourism, economy, transporting, culture interflowing. After THSR having the transport service, the transit of the North and the South became more prosperous, and it promotes the ability of competing with other countries. As the result, we chose THSR to be our topic, to introduce “The Incarnation of the Sonic” in Taiwan, Taiwan High Speed Rail. Our topic researching plan “THSR Happy Go” is mainly actual visiting THSRC and also taking THSR, writing THSR, taking photos of THSR. We use what we see, what we hear and the most vivid, brisk way to express the special feeling of taking the fastest transportation on land in Taiwan, THSR, by showing our website, to prove together that Taiwan’s history of transportation gets into a new milestone.

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

1. The pressure from schoolwork: When conducting the project, we also need to work hard on our school work. We need to use our time wisely and keep the promise to our parents that CyberFair won’t cause bad effect on our grades. We use naptime to discuss with our teachers. We went to school everyday on the last 2 weeks before winter vacation to arrange the information and what we’ve written. We used e-mail to tell everyone our progress, and also to encourage each other.

2. Not enough experience in making interviews: So we arrange visits to get first hand information. But, we never have any experience of visiting such big companies. We didn’t know how to design our questions, and how to consult with the workers in the company. We’ll also design questions in advance and let the teacher correct them. We even have rehearsals before the interviews.

3. Not enough techniques on computer science: We don’t have enough techniques on computer, including processing the image, web design, and create analytic charts by Excel etc. We asked our computer teacher for help, and divide ourselves into groups. Each team is responsible for a certain part. Some people are in charge of typing, and others do decoration work.

4. Transportation limits: The prices of visits by taking THSR aren’t cheap. In the 3 visits, we were divided into groups and went to different batches. We bought the non-reserved seats that have 20% off on the price.

5. Behind the working schedule: We started the project in October, but we are afraid that we couldn’t finish the project on time. We hurried each other on the progress of planning the work, arranging the time of visiting, and work really hard during the winter vacation.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Conducting the project, we know more about Taiwan High Speed Rail. CyberFair enables us to discovered our own potentail, and use the knowledge in the real situation.

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

In the process, we learned how to use and collect information from the source, also on time managing and self- responsibility. This kind of ability is the mixture of language, social studies, mathematics, science and technology, art and culture, and the synthetic. This is a combination of the knowledge from all the subjects. Through the study and the combination’s ability, our research can get finished quickly.

1. Language- Gather, arrange information, and teach students to plan on questions, also on the writing competition.

2. social studies- Combine Taiwan’s transportation, and push forward on teaching the students to gather information to form a brief, just like the classmates in school and sharing with the students from Hong Kong to sell THSR.

3. Mathematics- Design questionnaires, and gather statistics, also to change the result into numbers. Use Excel to form statistics and charts.

4. Science and technology- Actual visit to get to know the local specialty. Learn and handle the computer and the internet, also the web design.

5. Art and culture- Computer art design lessons, make posters when conducting the research of “the Satisfaction Degree of Taiwan High Speed Rail.”

6. Synthetic- Teach students to prepare before visiting, also the manners, teamwork’s learning spirit; In addition, time managing and self- responsibility.

Project Elements

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

1. Internet: (1) Browser: THSR information gathering, and comment. (2) E-mail: THSRC contacting, each group’s information circulation. (3) Ftp: Website file transmission

2. Digital camera and digital video camera: Visiting and working’s photos and videos, used as website creation.

3. Computer software

4. Office software: Document arrangement and brief fabrication (1) Dreamweaver, Fireworks: Website fabrication (2) Flash, Swishmax: Website animation fabrication (3) PhotoShop, PhotoImpact, Light Shadow Magic (4) Hand: Arrangement of the photo

5. Flash drive, CD: Store research project information and copy

6. Printer: Print activity plans, questionnaire, written materials

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

1. Class making circuits of presentations and share the project. We’re can’t wait to share the results of our projects. Through the teachers’ arrangement, we had a special chance to make a circuit of presentation, for all of the 6th graders. We shared what we’ve learned from every THSR station, how enjoy the beauty of THSR station, and the experience of taking THSR from the North to the South to proceed a profundity cultural journal. We also got another special chance. We went to Lee Shien Elementry School in Hong Kong on 3/19, 3/19, and 3/20 to visit, and share the progress. We also went to Wuhan in Mainland China for a presentation. We started from the idea of building THSR, how THSR help to balance cities and county. We wanted to let the people from other places to know one of the great works in Taiwan.

2. Join the “THSR Field Trip of Learning. Investigation Activity” Competition of Solicit Essays Teachers encouraged us to join the “THSR Field Trip of Learning Investigation Activity” Competition of Solicit Essays held by the THSRC and the Mandarin Daily News. Teammate Wu Yi Chien had won the high level primary school’s team’s “Excellent Work on Writing of Visiting” and “Excellent Work on Photograph of Visiting” by “THSR Visit All Over” and “Incarnation of the Sonic”. Teammate Chang Ming Yang won the “Excellent Work on Photograph of Visiting” by “THSR Train”

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

Joining this activity let us feel that learning is not only in the classroom. When we walk out of the classroom to learn, we can learn real and useful knowledge. Knowledge is life. This is the power of “life”. Our principal always tells us if you want to have the ability that you can take it with you, stop being a student that only has good grades on tests. Joining this activity, we learned a lot. In the beginning, we didn’t know how to look at the time chart, planning our own schedules, or use the vending machine to buy our own tickets in the THSR station. Now we’ve grown up. Through the website, we showed how we learned by visiting and talking to other people, how we can transfer tons of information into organized reports. Everyone utilized his or her potential to accomplish the project. This is how we use the knowledge in the real world.

Through the teachers’ arrangement, we divided ourselves into different groups based on our talents, which are: leader group, interview group, observation and visit group, and comparison group. This is how we divide our jobs, and how we help each other. Job arrangement helps us to work more efficiency. We realized that “we are a team”. We share this spirit to the class about how important the division of job is. We should have fewer arguments and more understanding. We have to elaborate our skills to make our work better.

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

The people we visited are sure that this activity can make the students conduct independent learning, share their achievement through the internet to let people know more about to THSR. As the result, they were enthusiastic, too. They answered every question we asked. We really appreciated that. The following are our great “helpers.”

1. Interview with the spokesperson: Chia Shen Duh vice general manager:helped to the visit activity Zhou Hen Wu manager: Carries on THSRC project work Li Yiqing: Assists to complete the visit items and all relation items

2. Arrange the visit tour to the stations: Hu Zhiua An: Assists on visiting Taipei Station Huang Yaxuan: Taipei Station tour Xu Yi Zhua: Taoyuan Station tour Luo Shifa: Hsinchu Station tour Zhu Nayang: Taichung Station tour Shu Zhi Ba: THSR observe room tour

3. Arrange the visit to the Control Center: Zhun E Uong controller: Assists the control center's work tour Zhou Jiaru: Accompaniment of visiting the control center

4. Arrange visits to the base of Wurih: Woosung senior manager: Leads to visit the base of Wu Zhi and carries on the project homework on the base of Wu Zhi Gi Mei Zhu: Accompaniment of visiting the fixing base of Wu Zhi, Taichung Station, and the base of Wu Zhi Huang Yah Ying: Contact for visiting, and accompaniment of visiting the fixing base of Wu Zhi

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

This is is a beautiful, magical adventure, which is full of new discoveries and surprises. As the THSR runs in full speed, we look at the sight out of the window and exclaim how amazing it is. We quickly took out our cameras to keep the beautiful sight in our memory. Standing in the special lobby of the THSR station, we were really surprised. Running on the plain, we picked the beautiful stones and treasured them as jewels. We dig holes to put our jewels. We were touched at this very moment. We have done the work that we thought we couldn’t do. We aroused ourselves, and discover our abilities of organizing plans, and having meetings with classmates. We realized that we are able to write so many interesting articles. In addition, we learned not to be afraid to ask questions in front of people. The most amazing thing is that all of us are looking forward to the next CyberFair!


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