CyberFair Project ID: 5848

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Lovers of Astronomy in Taiwan – The Fans of Astronomy
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Ming Hu Junior High School of Taipei
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

10 students, ages 13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 10, 2009. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2006, 2007

Classes and Teachers: Wan-ling Liao, Chia-hui Lin, Nian-tsz Chen

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Right in the place where we live, Taiwan, there are many who have devoted themselves to the development of astronomy, such as professors in astronomical researches, suppliers of astronomical instruments, many others who have contributed to the popularization of astronomy, and teachers and students who promoted astronomy on campus. They are the subjects of this project. We call them “astronomy lovers” or “star fans.”

2. Summary of Our Project

Our team, Star Dreamers, researches the fan groups of astronomy in Taiwan. Under the research topic, “Lovers of Astronomy in Taiwan – The Fans of Astronomy”, we interviewed scholars, observers, and astronomy lovers, who enjoy sacrificing their sleep to observe the astronomical phenomena.

In order to report the astronomy lovers in Taiwan more precisely, our team traveled throughout Taiwan, from the northernmost Keelung to Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan. We even reached in Yushan National Park in cold rain to visit the largest observatory in Taiwan, Lulin Observatory. In Lulin observatory, we interviewed the director of observatory, the expert in self-made telescopes, and finders of comets and SOHO comet. We aimed to answer the questions of: How did these star lovers begin to devote themselves to this field? What efforts have they made in the research and education of astronomy in Taiwan? What do they expect in the development of astronomy in Taiwan?

Our team have enthusiastically joined astronomy activities and read many astronomical books to enhance our knowledge of astronomy. In addition, we also designed animation and interactive game based on our knowledge in astronomy, in hope that more children in Taiwan can learn about astronomy, fall in love with it, and become astronomy lovers.

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:1

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. Time is pushing The time we have to do this Cyberfair project is rather tight. We have many astronomy fans in our interview list. Since time is not enough, we have to meet every Thursday at noon to discuss our progress, search for information and do some practice. We have to conduct interviews almost on every holiday. It hasn’t been easy before our interview tasks finally come to an end. However, the more difficult part – web page creation kicks off. With teachers’ advice, we finally complete the mission impossible and have the web page done within the time limit. 2. Interview When we just started to do the interview, we usually follow the draft that we’ve prepared beforehand and we dare not look straight into the eye of the interviewees. This is not only impolite, but also looks very awkward. The interviewees and teachers suggest us to ask questions more lively and naturally. After several times of practice, now we can handle better and conduct an interview by chatting. 3. Create games and web page In order to show a livelier web page, we apply “Authoring Producer” software to create astronomy games. We spent a lot of time making graphics, painting stars and designing actions only to find out that not every one of us has the same software. So we have to re-do the whole thing by Flash MX. Finally we have it done. Everyone was so excited to upload the completed works to the web and enjoyed praising own contribution. Many difficulties occurred during this creation process too. For example, the layout and font color couldn’t match; the size setting of the layout must be compatible to various types of browsers. Fortunately, after discussion and coordination and help from advising teachers, all problems were solved smoothly.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Because we watch stars, we are able to find those bright eyes in the dark sky; because we meet star loving people, we are able to unfold the broader vision in our mind.

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

Language Field: From reading relevant books and periodicals, surfing the internet to collect information, writing invitation for interview, drafting interview questions, recording progress report, arranging interview materials, to integrating the data according to different topics, the entire process enables us to learn about data analysis and summarization, and word processing. Our writing ability has also been enhanced by large amount of word processing requirement. Social Study Field: We are more familiar with Taiwan’s geography and local specialties taught in social study courses through on-the-spot interviews from north to south. Nature and Life Technology: Through conducting interviews, we’ve learned constellation identification and observation method, and optical principles which are connected with what we’ve learned from Nature Course. Teamwork: Through this Cyberfair project, we are more aware of the importance of working together. Since we have more chances to go out together during the interview process, we have more interaction with fellow students and teachers and we become more closely connected. Life attitude: From those astronomy fans whom we interviewed, we found that they possess certain qualities like being full of enthusiasm, sincere and hard working. They enjoy what they are doing and love to share with others. These are the attitudes we should learn in order to achieve anything.

Besides, we also apply what we’ve learned from Computer Course to word processing, and animation and web page creation.

Project Elements

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

Taipei Astronomical Museum website It provides us abundant astronomical knowledge, star charts, and information of astronomy organization, which are helpful to this project. Digital equipment We used video recorder, digital camera, and recording pen to record each interview for later organization. Videoconference We used Skype for videoconference to interview Mr. Chi-sheng Lin in the remote Lulin Mt. E-classroom The e-classroom in the school is well equipped, including computer and Internet. We also learned new software application, such as Namo FlashCreator, Flash MX, PhotoImpact 12, and Flash Dreamweaver to organize interview data, process photo, produce webpage, and design games. We learned from mistakes, and grew in obstacles, to finally compete this webpage.

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

We scheduled our interviews through email, and all of our subjects accepted our interviews. Before the meeting time, our teachers would take us to the interview site for face-to-face interview, except for one videoconference interview via Skype. We were all excited and nervous. We visited private observatory, university observatory, Lulin Observatory, which is the largest observatory in Taiwan, and received many gifts, such as satellite photo post card, books by Prof. Wen-ping Chen, some lenses, and one refractive telescope. We were deeply inspired by these astronomy lovers, and they were very satisfied with our webpage.

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

Through this website, we hope to show beginning learners in astronomy some directions to follow and to subsequently see their goals. We also hope to provide a place for astronomy lovers to share their stories with each other, and to know that they are not alone. Through our activities, many parents in our community who didn’t know astronomy before have eventually fallen in love with observing stars. Many students told us that the animations we provided are really fun and they love the games a lot. They really learned a lot about astronomy from them. There are some teachers who use our website to introduce the Chinese zodiacs to their students. This is a great honor for us. We hope that astronomy lovers all over the world can visit this website and share their stories with us. We can work together to reduce light pollution and to protect the beautiful night sky.

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

Among 43 astronomy lovers we interviewed, everyone was full of enthusiasm, they were very patient in the interview, and very nice and kind to us. We would like to thank Mr. Fu-he Wu of Taipei Astronomical Museum for providing us many suggestions, Mr. De-liang Yang for sparing his time explaining the basic principles of a telescope and giving each of us a lens, so we can try to DIY a telescope, and Mr. Chi-an Liu who taught us how to assemble a telescope and supported the Starry Sky Feast. They really inspired us, we were really moved. Finally, we would like to Adam’s dad and Eddie’s dad for driving us around, Tiffany’s mom for proofreading, and the staffs at the Familystar Organization for translation and proofreading. Finally, we would like to thank Miss Chen, Miss Lin and Miss Liao who took great trouble to guide us from beginning to end.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Before starting off with this Cyberfair project, we are pretty much occupied by our study and cram schedule, and we have no idea that there are so many people working hard for astronomy in Taiwan. After having participated in this Cyberfair project, we realize that there are so many “star chasers” out there, and also realize the reason why astronomy is so attractive after numerous interviews and personal experiences.


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