CyberFair Project ID: 7009

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Ups and Downs - The Story of Taipei Songshan Airport
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Xisong Elementary School
    Taipei City, , Taiwan

10 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 13, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Classes and Teachers: Jasmine Huang, Lian Lin, Yenching Huang, Neo Liao, Zhenghong Ho, Chihua Shuai

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA) is located in Songshan District of Taipei, and it’s in the same district as our school, Xisong Elementary School, is. As the first airport in Taiwan, TSA was established on April 16th, 1950. It had being serving as the transportation hub of Taiwan, both domestically and internationally. However, after the newly-established Taoyuan Airport started to serve as the main international airport in 1976 and the Taiwan High Speed Railway System took over the domestic transportation business in 2005, TSA had been in a slump for quite a long time, not until the direct contract flights resumed to operate across Taiwan straight in 2008 and between Songshan, Taipei and Haneda, Tokyo in 2010.

2. Summary of Our Project

In this project, our subject is Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA). The methods we conducted including face-to-face interviews, questionnaires, and field study. Through this project, we would like to introduce this airport, which located in our community, to people all over the world. We hope people can know more about TSA and also expect TSA can improve itself better.

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:dial-up modem

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Though we have found plenty of information, sometimes it’s not easy to verify its reliability. We need to check over and over before we can really use it. 2. It is not as easy as we thought while doing the survey. We had been rejected a lot when looking for the interviewees. However, we realize if we can be more polite and sincere, things will go much more smoothly. 3. Because we wanted to conduct the survey on the passengers at TSA, we met some foreigners. At first we had the language problem. However, some of them were very nice. And we also had an English version questionnaire which was helped by our teachers.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

TSA is the first airport in Taiwan. It’s part of Taiwan’s transportation and tourism history. It has been up and down along with the economic and political development of Taiwan. From the story of TSA, we learn that innovation is always important. No matter how the society changes, if you work hard to transform yourself, you will be successful one day.

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

1. Language Arts: Language ability is the most important subject during the research. It applies to the interview questions, research report, and analytical diagrams. Every time we wrote the report, our writing skills improved. 2. Mathematics: When we were conducting statistical analysis for the survey, we had to count the number of subjects, calculated the percentage, and trained our ability to read the charts. Thus, our math ability was improved. 3. Arts and Humanities: For webpage editing, we learned computer skills and webpage layout and design. 4. Science and Technology: We searched information on the Internet and used various software to write and edit web pages; thus, we improved our IT skills. 5. Social Studies: We have to understand the history of Taipei Songshan Airport and even the whole Taiwan. Besides, by designing questionnaires and conducting the survey, we've learned how to do a research. 6. Integrative Activities: During this project, we all kept positive interaction in cooperation and collaboration. The sense of accomplishment is our main motivation.

Project Elements

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

1. Internet could be the most useful medium throughout our project. We searched the information of volunteers from all communities. We exchanged information and our point of views on our blogs. 2. We used digital sound recorders and digital cameras to record our interviews. 3. We used printers to print out our questionnaires and our interview outlines. 4. We used the following software: Windows XP, Namo 5.5, Neo-imaging, Office 2003, Internet Explorer 7, Windows Media Player 11, Acdsee 5.0, Lifetype 1.2.1, and so on. 6. We had done some oral interviews. 7. We went to the library in TSA and read many books and journals.

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

As the ambassadors, we try to introduce Taipei Songshan to people all over the world. Our project includes the introduction of the airport itself, the ups and downs it had been through, and its reform and prospection. We hope people can know how hard TSA has done to resume its role and even do better in the transportation and tourism part in Taiwan. We also hope people would like to visit Taiwan more after reading the story of TSA.

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

1. TSA is the first airport in Taiwan. However, not many Taiwanese knows about its history. Through our web site, TSA can be introduced to more people. And the story of TSA's ups and downs is quite inspiring. 2. Through our web site, we hope people around the world can know more about TSA and would therefore come to visit Taiwan.

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

1. We conducted survey on passengers at TSA and residents in the community. We invited them to fill out the questionnaires. With their help, we complete our survey. 2. We interviewed the deputy director of TSA and the volunteer helps there. They told us the history of TSA, their working experiences there, and their prospection 3. We interviewed the heads of boroughs neaby and learned a lot about how TSA had influence on residents' life. 4. We also interviewed the shops inside TSA to understand the difference between their business before and after TSA's transform.


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