CyberFair Project ID: 6515

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Where There Is a Will, There Is a Successful Examination -- The Wenchang Temple in Xinzhuang
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: National Overseas Chinese Experimental High School
    New Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

10 students, ages 16-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 7, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011

Classes and Teachers: Lee Mu-Zeng, Chen Shi-Hua and Zhou Yi-Wen

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Wenchang Temple is loacted in Xinzhuang District, which is near Banqiao District. Students who want to attend big exams will visit the temple to whorship Lord Emperor Wenchang for good luck on exams. This temple has affected students' studying efficiencies in Xinzhuang District and Banqiao District. Most students believe that they will successfully pass exams by whorshipping Wenchang with the addition of their hard studying. This kind of action has raised the enthusiastic studying for students in these two districts, making the studying atmosphere rise to to people's attention on student education. Furthermore, Xinzhuang District and Banqiao District developed so fast in business and industry in the past.

2. Summary of Our Project

We are going to introduce in detail about the cultural influence, the process of worship ceremonies and the sturctures of the Wenchang Temple. The building of Wenchang Temple presents deep meanings and concepts on exams for Chinese since ancient times. In the process of whorshipping, some items represents different symbols, which bring students success and luck on exams. We also did research fro exam customs on the neighboring countries around Taiwan, such as, Korea, Japan,China and Southeast Asia. Some were much a resemblence to Taiwan's exam customs and others were unique in their own ways.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

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

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Computers (including Notebooks) and internet network are provided by our School. More than 10 computers and Notebooks are equipped with high speed ADSL network. Students can work together at the school library for gathering data, analyzing data, writing related articles by themselves and designing website. Students have a fully equipted space for them to meet up in one place.(School library)

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

At first, we had to coordinate the free time among students. They have to study at school for more than 8 hours. Therefore, it's difficult to find free time to get them together. Fortunately, our school's Winter vacation came and this problem seems to be solved. Second, the articles revision and web design layouts were slow. However, we will try to make our pace faster before the due date.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

If you want to see the light, you must first go through the dark. To finish a successful exam, you have to study hard and purchase a peaceful mind.

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

To introduce our project, we plan to use easy and simple words, so that students can obtain the knowledge on how to worship and gain a peaceful mind through our website. In edition, students learned many skills in using computer to build websites and images editing. Having corporation and giving assistance to each other is important. By introducting our project, students at school know that it is impossible to have a successful exam without studying hard and having a calm mind blessed by a god. We may understand that using modern technologies with computers are much more influential than traditional ways.

Project Elements

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

1. ACPI Microprocessor computers and school web server. 2. software -- Microsoft Office 2003, Adobe flash, Corel Photoimpact X3, Microsoft FrontPage 2003, SouceTech sothink DHTML Menu maker and CutFtp 8.0. 3. PhotoImpact and FrontPage 2003 are major two programs for us to build the website and arrange data with Microsoft Office 2003. 4. From our project, we've learned lots of skills in website design and how to edit pictures we took. Furthermore, we also guide students to learn how to collect data and how to interview, taking pictures, analyzing data and writing scripts by themselves.

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

We divided students into several groups. Each group has its own mission, including interviews, data-gathering, picture-taking, article-writing and web design. Students visit people, who holds knowledge about the historical structure of the temple. They visit many places and collect data; and learn how to communicate with people in the community and coordination of each group. They think it an achievement for them to do these meaningful activities for the project.

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

The impact of our project is to make people in our community know that examinations are not just tests for students’ knowledge, but a kind of pursuit of mind and wisdom combining together. The worship of the Lord Emperor Wenchang presents a culture and recognization that knowledge is not achieved only by books, but also in the real world. Following the process of worshipping, people dicovered the meanings of why the temple exists for such a long time and are regarded as a center of belief for chasing peaceful soul to pass exams.

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

We would like to thank the previous chairman of the Wenchang Temple--Mr. Lin Dao-Hong, who has been the chairman for many years in the temple, provides us the detailed ceremonies on how to worship the Wenchang(God of Exam) and with worshipping items or tools used. Students also studied the meaning of worshipping customs and the name of tools. We also interview the New Taipei City Senitor Huang Lin Lin-ling, who is also the Chairwoman of Wenchang Temple now. Besides, the temple Lawman, Wu Xian-si and Advisor of the other Wenchang Temple in Mian Li, heartly providing us with more information about our projects, We really thank them all for their kindness. This is what we came to understand after we visit them and members of the temple management unit.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Before Chinese New Year on February, our school’s principle, Mr. Chu led some students representatives and teachers to worship the The Lord Emperor Wenchang in Da Guan Private School near Lins’ Family in Banqiao District. The whole ceremony is courtly and respectable. We look forward to the students at our school to pass the upcoming exams successfully.


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