CyberFair Project ID: 7065

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Lu Ban Lock
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: School
    Zhang Jiakoh, HeBei, China

3 students, ages 16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 1, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011:

Classes and Teachers: FUZhangGang

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Shangyi is located in the northwestern part of Hebei and in Bashang on the southern edge of Inner Mongolia Plateau, enjoying convenient transportation conditions with National Highway 207 and Dongshang Highway trans throughout, making it the keypoint of communication between the north and the south as well as connecting Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia. Shangyi is 288km away from Beijing, with an average altitude of 1300m and a continental monsoon temperate semiarid climate, featuring distinct seasons, sufficient sunshine, fresh air with rain heating up the corresponding period and an average annual temperature of 3.5? as well as an average annual precipitation of 413.6mm. Whenever the South encounters intolerable heat, this place is with cool breeze blowing and a pleasant climate, making it an ideal natural summer resort.

2. Summary of Our Project

The Lu Ban Lock, also called the Eight Diagrams Lock and Kongming Lock, is a traditional fixed combiner for civil construction in ancient China, and it is also called Bie Men Gun, six-piece burr puzzle, Mo Nai He, and enigmatical wood, etc in civil society. Without using nails and rope, Lu Ban Lock can prop itself up through the connection of its structure just like a piece of paper can be stood on end when folded in half, showing a seemingly simple yet extraordinary wisdom. In recent years, Lu Ban Lock is being taken more seriously as a kind of educational toy that people of all ages can play with.

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:1

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

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

This was our first time to participate in the international CyberFair competition, so we felt very excited, but we didn’t know where to start due to lack of competition experience. Our mind got settled after we heard Mr.Lei had given guidance in the students’ participating in three competitions. After having group discussions and Mr.Hou’s training, we decided on the theme first and then conducted detailed division of labor thus the activity was carried out in an orderly way. Students started to collect images, search for information, pay on-site visits, work out the framework of the website and sort out information as well as design the website configuration based on those.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

During the participation in this CyberFair, we enjoyed the joy of success and were troubled by failure, turning out to be bittersweet experience.

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

Modern teaching is not only carried out in the classroom and is not just restricted to the textbook knowledge, what’s more, it should help the students build awareness of self-learning and self-exploration in social life and practice so that they can apply what they’ve learned at school to social practice. Therefore, this activity had provided opportunities for the students to conduct social practice, which not only adapted to the needs of society but also let the students keep exploring knowledge, capabilities and experience of social life, and the capabilities learned from social practice would be the wealth that they could benefit from all their lives, create the world and change the future.

Project Elements

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

1 server, 60 clients, 10M fiber optic access the Internets, Windows XP operating system. The participating students all came from rural area and they had no computer at home. They usually used their spare time to complete their tasks in the student computer room while the instructors spent their weekends and break time on the tasks.

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

In this activity we were well aware that the task could hardly be accomplished relying on good results in certain subject, nor on a single person. We recognized that each of us was an integral part of the team as well as part of the community practical activity, so we carried out a lot of practical work in our daily studies and life, in which each member experienced the team organization, division of labor and management, etc as well as made the greatest contribution to the team in their respective positions.

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

For the participation in the activity, first of all, we felt honored for it provided a platform for us to learn. Through the webpage making we could publicize the traditional Chinese intelligence toy--Kongming Lock and create a window to let the world know. We though that this activity was very significant for it not only could enhance our writing skills and ability of practice, but also cultivated our love for the motherland as well as our spirit of utter devotion.

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

Through more than a month’s collaborative effort, we almost finished the data collection and next was to complete the specific web content according to the website configuration. After the initial accomplishment, our teacher gave us some evaluation on our work that the framework was well designed, but the webpage was unsightly and the color matching was unreasonable and inconsonant with partial defective hyperlinks and indeterminate homepage content, all due to the lack of webpage making capability. After the teacher’s guidance and directions, the coming webpage making process was much smoother. With teacher’s help, we repeatedly conducted modification, and in this way the website was more beautiful with more detailed content and clearer objectives. In early November we uploaded the finished framework and content to the Internet, and everybody felt relaxed and had a sense of accomplishment. All in all, we had felt a lot through participating in the CyberFair and working out our own webpage.


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