CyberFair Project ID: 6692

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Ningxia Gaiwan Cha
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: The Pingluo Yaofu Middle School
    Pingluo, Ningxia, China

3 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2010

Classes and Teachers: Gong Kui Peng

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Ningxia , as one of the cradles of Chinese civilization , had our ancestors toiled and multiplied on this land as early as Pleolithic Age more than 30 thousand years ago.With a long history of ethnic hui , people left abundant cultural heritage , including Chentian Temple , Haibao Pagoda , Xixia Tombs in Yinchuan , 108 Pagoda , Zhongwei gao Temple , Sha po tou and Tongxin Mosque in Yinnan , Xumi shan Grotto in Yuanzhou , and Wudang Temple , Tianzhou ancient Pagoda and Yuhuang Pavillion in Yinbei. Ningxia hui Autonomous Region is both the transitional area between Central plain culture and prairie culture and the collisional and transitional area between central plain culture and northern normadic culture .Hui culture in this area integrating Yellow river civilization , western xia civilization and Islam culture can be seen everywhere , among them , Ninxia gai wan cha is an important part.

2. Summary of Our Project

Ningxia is the most densely populated area of ethnic hui which is the most widely distributed ethnic minotiry in China , with about 2million hui people ,all believing in Islam and mosques in those densely populated areas . Hui people unswervingli follow their tradition and religious rules. Dringking and serving guests with gai wan cha is an important part of their life . In hot summer , gai wan cha is the best drinking to quench their thirst , while in the chilly winter , the free hui farmers will always drink several cups of gai wan cha with roasted bums or fried dough twist around the stoves after early getting up . Hui people also regard gai wan cha as their popular food to serve the guests . Wherever in urban anf rural areas , the hosts will serve you a cup of gai wan cha when you visit them. Gai wan cha is also a ncessity in the Corban Festival , Hari Raya celebration and some joyful occasions such as weddings .

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

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:2-3

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

The school has a campus local area network with a slow internet connection apeed as all the computers in different offices are connected with the internet by a single ADSL broadband linked with one telephone line . Meanwhile , since the configuration of the school computers are low , they have a slow and unsmooth operation .

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Students did not have enough access to computers . We had a relatively tight schedule of classes , as a consequence , students did not have enough time to play computers , letting alone the internet access . Since they did not have computers in their homes , they had limited chances to get familiar with computers . They knew computer operation more through guidance from teachers by narration. 2.low computer configuration . computers in our school operated very slow because of the low configuration and single internet access to more than one computer . Sometimes , we had to wait for a long time patiently to upload a picture , therefore , we had to finish and classify paperwork and photos at schooltime and asked our leading teacher to upload words and pictures online after he went back home. 3.Difficulties during the interview . Since our leading teacher was very busy at working at the working time , he could not leave enough time taking us to interview and investigate . therefore , we had to use limited weekends time and the National holiday to conduct the interviews. 4.Expense difficulty of the interviews. We needed some funds as we had to investigate the situation of gai wan cha in restaurants and teahouses to support our theme of Ninxia gai wan cha. To make this project succeed ,we tried our best to cost less. 5 .Poor traffic . Outdoor transportation was unconvinient as the suspence of coach buses , attributed to the full-closed maintainance of 109 national highway from Pingluo to Sishi li dian since the beginning of August .

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Looking back to the interviews and designs for the last two months and experiences all the way ,we experienced what we had not got in school and learnt what we had not got in classes and felt what we had not got with teachers and parents aside. We were so exicited and hornored when knowing that our teacher chose us three to participate the Cyber Fair hosted by USA. We were amazed at the magical power of internet to register for the competition , operated teacher Gong’s digital camera privately and scrupulously , yet we still failed to use it after long time study . At last , we invited our teacher to teach us personally to use digital camera , which erased our feeling of myth finally . We truly experienced the greatness of the technology . Meanwhile , information online were so much compared to a huge library made us dizzy with eyes. Embarassment rushed to us when we were turned out by stragers as this was our first time to conduct social approaches. We lost our head when we firstly learnt to build our website and design our webpage , thanks to the guidance of our teacher ,we got the experience to manage a dynamic website. So many first times benefited us to know and feel more about the theme of the Cyber Fair , outside world , magical network and our own shortages . We deeply felt the creeds that there is a will , there is a way . and nothing is too difficult if you put your heart into it through this project . We believed that participation to this competition would …

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

The real goal of a quality-oriented education is to teach students to learn , to live , to cooperate , cultivate their humanistic literacy and their ability to organize and coordinate . Focused on the gai wan cha as our studying theme , we hoped to forge students’ ability of social practice , social resilience , cooperation and exploration by leading students out of the classes to enter into the society , touch the society and engage in the social practices during the process of exploring the related issues of Chines tea culture and Ninxia gai wan cha as well as the webpage design . Under the right guidance of teachers , students felt the fun in the simple subject study , exploration , realized that we shoulf protect and carry forward Ninxia gai wan cha and Ninxia ba bao cha as they were non-material cultural heritage.

Project Elements

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

Hardware equipments: Computer, digital camera, scanner, excellent dish Computer software: The Dreamweaver web page edit, draws software, the writing data of the Microsoft Word to edit, still the book No.6 writing picture identify software, Outlook Express to receive and dispatch letter, the web page of Internet Explorer to browse, the ACDSee photograph browse/cut, TotalCmd transmission data. Network: The FTP Server, breadth net, bureau area net.

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

The students who attended in the Ninxia gai wan cha project study , represented ambassadors in the community where Yanfu middle school was located , undertook the mission to introduce history , geographical conditions , cultural heritage , distinctive specialties , especially for gai wan cha and ba bao cha to the netizens around the world .Three students who participated in this project played the role of amateur journalists , mainly focused on the interview and experienceing gai wan cha , interviewed related characters at weekends and national holidays . Meanwhile, they not only increased their cooperation and ability , but promoted our studing project through the interviews.

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

As a speciaty in Ninxia , gai wan cha was once decaied by the strike of the western juice and other fruit and vegetable juice . We could rarely see the gai wan cha in many restaurants in Ninxia . Through our exploration and cultural excavation under the theme of Ninxia gai wan cha , we could carry forward the realistic significance and social functions of gai wan cha and arouse people’ conscious to drink gai wan cha , thus promoting Ninxia gai wan cha as an industry in Ninxia.

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

The success of webpage design of Ninxia da wan cha agglomerated helps from many people , including support and encouragement from school teachers , hospitality and affordable help from restaurants such as da wan jv and teahouses such as xing yue cha yi . With their help , we saved many precious time in less detours in the webpage design.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We learnt a lot from this Ninxia gai wan cha study .Firstly , we knew that Ninxia enjoied a long history of gai wan cha , dating back to the Tang Dynasty.Secondly , we knew that Ninxia boasted many non-material cultural heritage . Once crowned as silk road , Ninxia was a thoroughfare and living center for many ethnic minorities , inherited lots of non-material cultural heritage .Thirdly , we knew the origin , elements , tea making methods and value of Ninxia gai wan cha.Fourthly, our sai shang xian fu group members were tested and exercised. We improved our ability a lot in learning, writing , external contacts , interview and shooting during this project studing process.


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