CyberFair Project ID: 7462

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Reborn from Trash - Yurts Rebuilt by the Community's Assistance
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Ling Jhou Primary School
    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, Taiwan

9 students, ages 11-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 6, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2013

Classes and Teachers: Yufang Tsai, Hanhsian Tseng, Zonghan Lee

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our Community: Guotianzi Neighborhood, Lingya District, Kaohsiung

1. At the heart of Kaohsiung City, Lingya district is where the Kaohsiung City Government is located. The population in this district is about 180,000. It contains four neighborhoods: Linyaliao, Lingdeguan, Wukuaicuo, and Guotianzi. With a longer north-south side and a shorter east-west side, its shape is like a valuable “Jade Rui Scepter.”

2. As the development of Lingyaliao reached its utmost, it extended towards the east (nowadays the east side of our school gate on Tzu Chung Road) to encompass enormous fields. That was how Guotianzi got its name. During the early Ching Dynasty period, there were only five households: Hsu, Tsai, Wang, Lin, and Zheng, living and cultivating in the Guotianzi neighborhood.

3. Ling Jhou Elementary School is situated in Guotianzi area, a bustling downtown nowadays. It is surrounded by department stores: Hanshin, Talee, and President department stores are to the north; Dream Mall and Mega FE21 are to the north; Pacific SOGO and Shinkong Mitsukoshi department stores are to the east.

4. Once there were two glorious and dynamic yurts at the English Village in our school. They were ruined due to time and weather, and finally abandoned in the southern corner of coconut groves after old buildings were torn down.

2. Summary of Our Project

Once there were two glorious yurts in our school. They were ruined due to time and weather, and finally abandoned on campus. As it is such a pity, our team determined to rebuild the yurts. Since we do not have rebuilding fees, we thought of the glamorous department stores in our neighborhood. There must be a lot of discarded trash.

After much discussion, we decided to get acquainted with our community environmentt by interviewing the senior citizens in Guotianzi Area, Chengsi Neighborhood Chief, and our principal. Then we tried to do research by questionnaires to understand whether the community residents are satisfied with the environment and what they expected for the restored yurts.

As the last main event, we started to visit some department stores, such as FE21’ MegA, Dream Mall, and New Century, and sought their agreement to donate their recyclable resources to our school. Then, with many people’s help, we used the recycled materials to decorate the yurts and turn them into a place that everyone can use.

In the course of the study, we built a bridge that connected our community and our school. In the opening ceremony, we invited the community residents to share our joy with us. Through the project, the strengths of our school and local department stores were united. Being the best ally, they set a good example of working together to benefit the community, and to care for the Earth.

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: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 used computers on an optical fiber network, which were connected to Taiwan Academic Network through a T1 line at school.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Tight Schedule: As every team member’s free time differs, we reached an agreement to meet on Wednesday afternoons. Even at a later phase, in order to work as a team and complete the project on time, we spent weekends working. Sometimes, we gave up our after-school classes and then made up the missed lessons afterward. We all tried and worked hard.

2. Contact Difficulties: We owed thanks to our teachers and parents. With their good personal connection, the managers of the department stores agreed to accept our interview. On our own, it would be very difficult to do it.

3. Computer Skills: At first, it was difficult for us to collect and integrate information, and to make webpage because everyone’s spare time and computer abililities are different. It was hard for us during the learning period, but after our continuous discussion and modification, we finally made our web pages.

4. Interviews: Our interviewees are busy executives of department stores. In addition, we didn’t have any skills and experiences with interviews. We were all worried about the interviews. Therefore, to be comfortable with interviewees, we prepared well and practiced several times before interviews.

5. Questionnaires: It needs courage to ask strangers to fill out questionnaires. At first, we were shy and hesitant to speak to strangers. Sometimes, we were rejected and we felt hurt. But after frustrating attempts, we finally learned how to successfully ask people.

6. English Translation: We hope to participate in the international contest, but translating our web pages into English is very difficult for us. We therefore spent an enormous amount of time on checking up dictionaries, writing sentences, and learning grammar. We also asked our English teacher’s help to correct our writing.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We thought environmental issues are the responsibility of every global citizen. Through the study of the project, we achieved the outcome of cross-industry alliance and of caring for the Earth together, and we hope to awake the community’s awareness of environmental protection.

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

Language and Arts: After each event and interview, we wrote down our work content and reflections, sorted study information, practiced interview skills and distributed questionnaires. Thus, our planning, conceiving, expressing, reading and writing abilities were enhanced.

Integrative Activity: We obtained social resources, visited and interviewed people with proper manners, and built up the abilityof integration.

Science and Technology: Through Internet searching, using digital cameras and making the post-production, using a computer mind map, and creating our team blog and web pages, we explored related issues and presented our study results. We also cultivated the ability to use technology and information in our daily life. Social Studies: Through the study, we cooperated as a team, did work individually, and learned to coordinate. We further observed and documented our community environment. Eventually, we learned the dependences between people and the environment. We appreciate and care about everything, and would like to further our appreciation and put our knowledge to work.

Arts and Humanities: We tried to use various materials for completing the yurts. We designed logos, pins, e-books, cards, and gift packaging. Our rich imagination was triggered. We enjoyed the pleasure of creation.

Project Elements

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


Digital Camera: taking photos

Pen Digital Voice Recorder: recording interview content

Scanner: processing image

Printer: printing relevant data

Computer: editing information

Internet Explorer: searching for information, communicating, sending and downloading files

Digital Video Camera: recording activities

Telephone and Cell Phone: communication


Word: editing documents

Excel: analyzing questionnaire

PowerPoint: making briefing pages

nEO iMAGING: compressing image files, editing photo

Print Magic: producing posters

Flash, Dreamweaver: designing web pages Ulead Video Studio: editing films

PhotoImpact: editing photos

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

1. After much discussion, we decided to get acquainted with our community environment, and to understand the story of the English Village by interviewing the senior citizens in Guotianzi Area, Chengsi Neighborhood Chief, and the founder of the English Village. Then we tried to do research by questionnaires to understand whether the community residents are satisfied with the environment and what they expected for the restored yurts.

2. We conducted interview with executives of some department stores and successfully got their support. They donated a lot of recyclable resources to our school.

3. We sent a proposal according to opinions related to our research to Mayor Chen’s mailbox and got a response.

4. We acquired recognition from media, such as Kaohsiung Education Bureau website, Taiwan Times, United Daily News Network, CNA News, and National Education Radio Station, etc. They have reported our project.

5. We practiced what we preached. We let our community and school work together to restore the yurts and turned trash into gold. We also raised the community residents’ awareness of environmental protection. We served as an example for environmental issues.

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

1. We made efforts to acquire community resources. We also raised residents’ awareness of environmental issues, leading them to realize the importance of protecting the environment and recycling.

2. Based on the results of our questionnaires, we made a proposal and submitted suggestions to relevant organizations.

3. We are dedicated to promoting recycling, and we hope Ling Jhou students and the community residents cherish and frequently use the yurts that we restored together.

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


Six Students 60%

1. Interviewing people

2. Videotaping interviews

3. Documenting and editing interview content

4. Gathering information

5. Handling post-processing

6. Making interview outline

7. Participating in creating webpage

8. Writing progress reports 9. Emailing greeting cards

10. Recording background music for the webpage

Teachers 10%

1. Calling a meeting

2. Integrating and analyzing research data

3. Giving guidance on using computer technology

4. Instructing students to create web pages

5. Helping create web pages

6. Instructing students on how to use technological devices

7. Teaching art skills

School, parents, interviewees, and related people 10%

1. Contacting interviewees and arranging appointments

2. Providing information

3. Accepting interviews

4. Offering suggestions, comments and helping with promotion

FE21’ MegA Department Store, Dream Mall, New Century, Chengsi Neighborhood, Kaohsiung Community Education Association 20%

1. Providing environmental education consultation

2. Assistance towards interviews

3. Answering our questionnaire.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

After more than four months of hard work, we realized:

1. The Kyoto Protocol discussed at Doha Climate Change Conference in December, 2012 is the only international agreement that constrains global green house gas emissions in the atmosphere. After it expired on December 31, 2012, in order to achieve the emission reduction constraints and to curb climate change, the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol has adopted. It is extended to the end of 2020. It is obvious that the reduction of carbon emissions is still an important issue for the world’s citizens.

2. We learned skills related to interview, inquiry, and summary.

3. Through our teamwork, we learned to gather, clean, design, and reuse the recycled materials. Gradually, we restored the yurts and turned trash into gold.

4. We tried to visit and talk to strangers. In addition, we designed leaves in the shape of Taiwan. We awoke people’s awareness on Environmental Protection and asked them to write down their wishes or blessings to the Earth.

5. We held an opening ceremony for the restored yurts where everyone enjoyed a joyful afternoon on the grass. At the same time, our community residents, teachers, and students witnessed the outcome of our efforts.

6. We conducted a survey on the community residents’ satisfaction at their surroundings. Then we submitted the result to government agencies for their reference to guide future promotion and improvement efforts.


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