1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
We used 7 desktops, 1 notbook, 7 USB flash drives, a printer, several telephones and cell phones, 3 digital cameras, and related software. We did the field trips and had several interviews with our interviewees. These all help us to keep track of our observation and orgaznise our words. We think all those things are very useful, especially cameras, which helped us take memorable pictures of people and cats.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
As students, we were very shy at first. But after contacting so many cats-lovers in Taipei, we realized that we had to speak up, or people would keep on abandon cats. We had to help people cherish the beloved animals around us, and help our community a better place for us and pets to live in. When we were doing the project, our families, friends and classmates asked us a lot of questions. We were very proud to answer them and even change their bias towards cats. Through our web pages and facebooks, we help deliver our belief of being responsible owners, which makes us feel we are braver than ever to defend the right value.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Doing the project helps us know basic facts about the cats and what we can do for them to make our community a better place. Though we are just high school students, we can still use our web page to help people gain the related knowledge about cats’ lives in Taipei. Practically, with our cats map, people can find useful information if they need to take their cats to the clinics in Taipei area, or they just want to go out dining with their cats! We can also spread the concept that people should love their cats in the right way and never abandon them. It is a right thing to do, not only for protecting animals, but also for reducing the amounts of strayed cats in Taipei.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We have to thank for so many nice people who are willingly to help us, especially for those participants who accepted our interviews. They showed us some tools like tempting cage, invited us to their places to see the cats, helped us gain exact data and knowledge about cats. We couldn’t be more thankful for those people who had helped us in our community.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Before working on the Cyberfair project, most of us didn’t know much about cats. In fact, we are seldom aware of the things around us. However, the more we try to understand cats, the more we feel amazed. We might think we knew what cats are, but actually we know neither about their habits nor their favors. Through this research, we found out that cats love to keep clean and like to sleep. Cats are sleeping most of the time in a day. To our amazement, those cats which run away from people will rub against our feet and even jump onto us. Everything is so fresh and amazing to us after we started to know more about them! We started to like to do a project as a team, and we are more than willing to explore another subject right around us!