CyberFair Project ID: 6410

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Singapore Civil Defence Force - The Life Saving Force
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Nan Chiau High School
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

8 students, ages 13 to 14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 22, 2010. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2008, 2009

Classes and Teachers: Mr Goh Khan Sen and Mr Jansen Sng

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The Total Defence of Singapore consists of 5 elements: Military Defence, Civil Defence, Economic Defence, Social Defence and Psychological Defence. Civil Defence is one of the most important in Total Defence. Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) - The Life Saving Force. Although Singapore is currently free from natural disasters and terrorists attack, there is no guarantee that this current state of peace, stability and prosperity will continue forever. Singaporeans must always be alert and be prepared for any unforeseen, widespread, and destructive disasters, either due to nature or due to human's negligence, selfishness or greediness. Singapore is a very densely populated island and she has many chemical plants and petroleum refineries. It also has many major civil structure projects. If natural disaster, man-made error or terrorists attack were to strike at this island, it would have very severe consequences. The SCDF is entrusted with the mission and duty to mitigate the effects of human lives loss and properties damage when a disaster strikes. However, the duty of the SCDF goes beyond disasters fighting, it involves disasters and crisis prevention too. Its role include educating the public to prepare and equip themselves with fire-fighting equipment, first aid boxes and bomb shelters in their high rise homes, maintaining a team which can deal with earthquakes and building collapses. SCDF has a team of paramedics and fire-fighting specialists, psychologists, commanders. It also wok closely with the Armed Forces and Police force to maintain peace and order in times of crisis.

2. Summary of Our Project

This project looks into the establishment of the SCDF, how it transformed itself from an old-fashioned and backward fire-fighting force to a highly-skilled, sophisticated and well-equipped civil disaster fighting team. It has saved countless lives and minimise many properties damage. You will get to know the principle, mission and records of all the incidents that lead SCDF to its present state. The major indidents are : Major fire broke out at Bukit Ho Swee estate in 1961, Robinson Department Store Fire at Raffles Place in 1972, Greek tanker explosion at Jurong Shipyard in 1978 and the Hotel New World Building Collapse in 1987. You will also be able to learn about the various equipment employed by the SCDF, and to a limited extent, about how SCDF operates and functions as one of the Singapore's most efficient and effective organisation.

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

Our main problems were the formation of our team and shortage of meeting time and project time. As we were primary students advancing to the secondary level, we had just joined this new School. We like to do this project because we were interested to work on a project and we liked the project theme. We also wanted to contribte something to the school as well as to the community. The team members met to discuss the project only in January 2010. Our project team members are very committed to the project as we all came from the same Co-curriculum Club. We allocated tasks fairly and quickly. We learnt technology skill like Photoshop. Sometimes we had to bring our work home. As the deadline drew near, we had to rush and spent our one week break working on the project. This proved that we had endured through this major problem that could easily dissuade us in further doing of the project. It was a feat we could not call small.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our interest in this project gave us the motivation and strength to persevere. As we had volunteered to participate in this project, we had to commit our time to ensure we complete the task. We have learnt many things when working for the CyberFair Competition that we could not do so in the normal classroom like teamwork, research skill, communication and IT skills. We also learnt a lot from the organistion we are working on the project, that is the Singapore Civil Defence Force. When we visited the SCDF Heritage Gallery, we learnt to be more observant of the equipment, facilities there. We realized that teamwork is very important as everyone must do their part. We learnt to research for information from various resources like the internet, newspaper and we also consulted personnel working in SCDF. The tour officer for the Heritage Gallery was very helpful to provide us with the necessary information. We learnt technical skills like Photoshop and apply the skills immediately on the photographs taken.

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

In Singapore, the Ministry of Education recommended the Baseline ICT Standards, which is a comprehensive list of ICT skills competencies, to be integrated into core subject areas and project work. In participating in the CyberFair Competition, the pupils were able to accomplish the following skills areas such as (1) Learning to operate in an interactive media environment, (2) Learning internet navigation and use search engines independently, (3) Learning to create, edit and format text with word processor, (4) Learning to produce and manipulate multimedia content like flash and PhotoShop, and (5) Learning online communication skill like wiki. At the same time, they learn to respect Intellectual Property and practice safe and responsible use of the internet.

Project Elements

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

During the project, we used the following tools: Hardware (8 PC computers, 8 iMacs, Digital Camera, Thumbdrives), software (WordPad, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office Tools, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Flash, Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash Flip-Page Component, wiki collaborative tool).

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

We visited the SCDF Heritage Gallery for the first time and it was really an eye-opener for all of us. We met Mr Segar, the tour guide, in person and have asked him a lot of questions. We learnt a lot of information from the organisation from the tour alone.

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

At the end of the project, we would like to contribute our product as an educational resource to Singapore Civil Defence Force. This product is also suitable for all age groups as it is colourful with a lot of pictures and sounds.

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

Mr Segar, the tour guide from SCDF Heritage Gallery who gave us lots of information and guided us in the Gallery. Mr Goh Khan Sen, our teacher-in-charge, who leaded and inspired us in the project. Mr Mr Jansen Sgn, our IT professional, who taught us the various software tools skills and collated all the information together.


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