CyberFair Project ID: 6533

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: MIT Story
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Victoria Academy
    Douliou, Yunlin County, Taiwan

5 students, ages 15-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010

Classes and Teachers: Ping-chang Huang, Ju-chieh Tu

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taiwan is a country made up of islands, the major one being Formosan and is situated in the Pacific Ocean, off the southern coast of mainland China by 160 kilometers (100 miles). The tip of Taiwan points toward Japan and Korea in the north and is close to Hong Kong and the Philippines in the south.

Shaped like a sweet potato, Taiwan is 394 kilometers (245 miles) long and 144 kilometer (89.5 miles) wide. The Central Mountain Range lies across Taiwan, two-thirds of which is covered with forests and the rest are hills, tablelands, coast plains, and basins.

Separated by the Taiwan Strait from China, Taiwan has been a marine freight, transportation, and international trading hub for hundreds of years. Sugar and tea from Taiwan were in great demand all over the world. However, nowadays Taiwan is one of the world’s largest producers of information technology hardware, coming in third after the United States and Japan. Furthermore, Taiwan ranks among the largest manufacturer of IT products in production such as laptops, monitors, motherboards, and scanners, which account for more than 50% the world’s market.

2. Summary of Our Project

Taiwan’s products have been transformed from inferior goods to boutiques. That definitely has its back story. In this project “MIT Story”, we investigate the change, and reveal a wide variety of Taiwan’s products. We look forward that everyone can support MIT (Made in Taiwan) products.

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

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

We utilize Internet ADSL for the purpose of teaching and digitalized administration. Besides, NT Server and LINUX Server offer all kinds of Internet services, i.e. WEB, MAIL and FTP.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The topic focused on industrial and commercial boutiques. It was not difficult to search for information related to it. As students, not only did we have to go to school during weekdays, but took part in school events such as school anniversary and had experimental courses to complete. Besides regular school work, we got a considerable amount of work from carrying out this project. That was rewarding even though we often caught up on our research work on weekends. Afterwards, we realized that Taiwan’s boutiques are intrinsically interesting and meaningful. This helped overcome the significant burden of school work. We gained an unprecedented sense of achievement in this project.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

One thing worthwhile mentioning is the transitional feeling we had when looking for photographs. Often in the past, we didn’t take the time to observe old items, and even felt that they symbolized a backward life. For this project, we searched for photographs representing different generations of Taiwan. Since then, we have realized that our grandparents and parents faced a life of hardship. A life they lived to the fullest regardless. However, nowadays, people love the new and loathe the old and change their possessions in an instant. This attitude is completely different from that in the past. We re-examine our attitude towards material goods and start over to look at more items carefully.

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

This project is linked with subject matters including Chinese literature, Language Arts, History, Civics, and Fine Arts. It also involved more than 20 teachers and staff.

Project Elements

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

• Computer programs: Flash 2000, Dreamweaver 3.0 and PhotoImpact 8.0 • Telephone to contact, inquire, and discuss the project with team members and others • Audio recorder to record interviews • Internet access to search for information and communicate with team members • Digital camera to take pictures of all activities held, and do image editing later on • Laptops for data processing, typing up reports and questionnaire surveys • Desktop computers to store a large number of pictures • Scanners and printers to scan and print for the purpose of teaching and interviewing • Flash drive to store data so as to exchange information

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

We as ambassadors use the following ways to finish our project and to get in contact with people including Chinese speakers and foreigners abroad to the residents in cities or our community via the Internet, surveys, oral interviews and suggestions and introduction made by our relatives.

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

We not only help promote Taiwan Excellence Boutiques, but also make a connection from perspective of Taiwan’s history, economy, geography and culture to accomplish the research and paperwork. After the promotion, our community will get a better understanding of the whole MIT program. Simply put, we are writing a comprehensive analysis of the MIT program and offer other schools teaching materials such as civics education.

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

For our MIT Story, we dug out the relevant historical documents and pictures. The students’ parents that do business in China, foreign teachers, relatives, and friends were invited to help us with this project. Our friends, in addition, are from Shanghai, Guangzhou, Australia and the United States of America. We enhanced the image and promoted Taiwan as well as good quality products from Taiwan. Doing this project brought us many unforgettable experiences. We sincerely thank the people for their help and support.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

It seemed to us that the MIT Story was beyond our reach. Much to our surprise, these stories are actually taking place around us. Due to taking part in this project, we are now aware of those stories and that Taiwan’s boutiques are within our reach. Above all, Taiwan Excellence Boutiques are waiting for us to help more countries throughout the world recognize Taiwan Excellence Boutiques and support us.


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