CyberFair Project ID: 5900

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Fuel Crisis
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: St Joseph's Institution
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

5 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 24, 2009. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007, 2008

Classes and Teachers: Mr Raymond Wong, Ms Melissa Yam, Ms Goh I Hwa, SJI Infocomm Club

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Singapore is a vibrant country and a leading country in South East Asia. It is a small island nation with no natural resources and a large population for its size. Singapore is thus insufficient in many aspects, including many power needs such as oil and natural gas.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project discusses the current fuel crisis that the planet is facing, with our natural supplies of fossil fuels diminishing at an astonishing rate. Also, it will discuss alternatives for energy supplying, as well as what Singapore is doing to overcome the fuel crisis. We will also be discussing how the fuel crisis can be controlled if the world unites in a global effort to solve the problem.

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:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

In the project, some members contributed to very minor roles, or not at all, reducing morale. To compensate, the others worked much harder, and even then nearly ran out of time. Some computers we used also lacked the processing power necessary to run Adobe Flash CS4, so we had to improvise as necessary. Using multiple computers made it difficult to pinpoint one computer to install Adobe on, thus we made our Flash CS4 portable to use it on multiple platforms. We also spent much time trying to create a preloader, then found out that we did not know how to do it, so we just split up the single .swf into multiple ones so that they can load seperately, and thus faster, so that we don't bore our reviewers to death waiting for the 4MB file to finish loading.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

It has given us meaning, for we students finally have a voice to the world, and also discipline, for we learn from our faults and failures to seek improvement from ourself.

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

Our Cyberfair project was attempting to address people about something difficult, yet we must still make it easy to allow younger readers to comprehend it. Thus, we have heavily simplified our article so that it should be easy to understand by everyone. From this, we learnt some new skills such as more in depth actionscript skills and better manipulation of Flash as a whole. In our group, we tried to involve as many people as possible, although some people didn't want the extra work. We understood each other better after the project, and we learnt that even a small voice can make a big difference on the Internet, and in our community, we all can take up the role. Also, the Internet has been quite educative, because information comes and goes faster, and we are all fast learners, thus by rapidly increasing the rate of learning we realised we could learn better.

Project Elements

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

We used computers in our school for most of our work, which are mostly rather old, and probably never the same computer more than a few times. The only other things we used were the programs Adobe Flash CS4 Professional and Adobe Photoshop CS4. Of course, there's the obvious Internet Explorer and Windows software. The helped by providing the tools for me to actually do the project, and they were acquired from one of our members who happened to have the programs. Adobe CS4 Flash Professional was the most valuable because the whole project was done on it. Even if our actionscript was along the lines of mediocre, it still came out fine, as long as the Internet speed was good, so Flash was the most valuable tool we had.

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

The most common one was several copyright issues we had to clear up. That was probably the most common. Otherwise, we mainly acquired most of the things we needed off the Internet.

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

Our project will make an impact because people will understand the importance of making a difference now, and not waiting later, and till now we do not understand how far we have spread that. We do not know fully who else has looked at our webpages, but obviously from the students we have understood that slow internet speeds will utterly ruin this flash, coupled with the fact that the background should have been coloured as well.

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

Our teachers gave us much of the support we need, and our instructor from IDA also gave us much of the help we need when we lacked information, such as how to use the _root function.


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