CyberFair Project ID: 5719

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Singapore Food
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

10 students, ages 13-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on April 24, 2009. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007,2008,2009

Classes and Teachers: Sec 1 - 4

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We have defined ‘community’ to be the people living within the territorial boundaries of Singapore who share the common nationality of being Singaporean.

2. Summary of Our Project

In this project, we endeavour to spread word and tell the story of the dishes passed down from the people of old, from our ancestors.

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:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

We started the project late and people were not sure if they had been given the privilege to take part in Cyberfair. Also, we had limited knowledge in website design, especailly HTML coding and photo editing. It was also hard to get reviews because we had to seek the permission of the restaurants before we could write our reviews. To overcome this, our teachers helped to guide us along the project and they also equipped us with the necessary skills to do a good project that would do their efforts justice. The Internet was a treasure trove of information and we picked up HTML tips from various websites there.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

It was very fun and enriching.

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

The Cyberfair project addressed Singaporean food. Coming from a Chinese school, learning about other cultures has let us know more about our roots. It also taught us that unity is strength, that many hands make light work. Singapore is a multiracial country, and it is important to have an awareness of all the different races that make up our community. Using the Internet to source for information has been much easier than trawling through books in the library. The Internet has also taught us useful skills like HTML coding, to make our website look more appealing.

Project Elements

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

We used the Samsung S630 digital point and shoot to capture the local dishes and made used of Fireworks, Photoshop, Notepad and Microsoft Word to compile the information and edit the photos. The Internet was by far the most useful because it contained the most information. This saved us valuable time.

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

We asked our relatives for assistance in order to gather material for our website and put substance in it. We have also promoted our site on the web.

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

We provide free advertisement for Banana Leaf Apolo restaurant because of our food review. It has also served to bridge the gap between the senior citizens, our grandparents, and us, the younger generation of Singapore as we have learnt more about life in the past and its influence on our lives in this computer era as well. We believe that through our site, readers will gain a wider knowledge and understanding of a kind of food we eat and the significance and history behind it.

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

In order to gather the background information and origin on the various dishes, we had to ask the people who were most likely involved and would know of the historhy behind it all. Examples of these people would be grandparents - the senior citizens of the country. Regarding more technical areas, we had to consult our infocomm teacher, Ms Mabel Li, as were were relatively new to Cyberfair and HTML coding and needed her assistance and constant guidance. As the workload and effort needed for this project was quite a large amount, and the period for which it extended across was rather long as well, many of us felt burned out and drained. It was only because of our teachers, who took on the role of being our pillars of support, and made it possible for us to pull through in the end.


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