CyberFair Project ID: 7571

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: A Dream Comes True-Mushroom trible
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Mingsheng Elementary School
    Changhua County, Taiwan, Taiwan

9 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 13, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): None

Classes and Teachers: Chuanrayhwa

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Mingsheng Primary School

Our school is located at Wayao community, Puxin Village, Changhua County. The region has many small factories. Our educational district included the four villages of Wabei, Wazhong, Wanan and Jingkou. To our east lay the biggest township in Taiwan - Yuanlin Town. We are also bordered by Xihu Town at the west, Yongjing Village at the south, and Beiyuda Village at the north. Our community is at the periphery of Puxin Village. Our school was not named after our location. Instead, it was derived from Mingsheng Temple, the religious center of the local residents.

2. Summary of Our Project

?Overview of our research project:

The following lists our procedure:

*Preliminary planning: Choose a number of 6th grade students with a good sense of responsibility and interest in online technology to form the team.

*Gathering information:Carry out extensive reading on information related to mushrooms, and collect additional information from online sources.

*Composing our project proposal:Our project proposal helped to communicate to Qyo company about our intention to participate in the competition and the research methods we would use.

1. Visits: Visit the tourist factory and participate in DIY activities in order to have a preliminary understanding of the industry.

2. Interviews: Schedule a personal interview with General Manager Fang and to ask him questions directly.

3. School presentations: Invite professional staff of the company to our school to make presentations in front of our classmates to share and understand relevant knowledge.

4. Cooking activities: Purchase mushrooms as ingredients for our pizza and provide pizza dough and cheese. Students were asked to make the pizzas themselves so that they would learn about budget management and culinary skills.

*Website production: Weebly was used as a platform for creating our webpages. It would allow simultaneous updating and editing by multiple users, and allow real time webpage previews. Many templates and multimedia tools were also available, making webpage creation easier than ever. Teachers and students who did not have experience writing webpages would be able to establish, download and share websites easily.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

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

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

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

?Our online environment:

1. Campus network:

Our school uses the campus network. Team members would use computers during recess or afternoon nap sessions. They would help encourage and keep watch on each other so that the Internet and the computer would serve as useful educational tools instead of being used solely for fun and games.

2. House network:

ADSL or cable modem provided by television companies.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

This was our first time participating in Cyberfair. Nobody had any experience. The project was started close to the end of the semester and it was hard to get everybody's schedule working together. In the end, we made use of the Flexible Class Session on Tuesday afternoon to carry out our interviews and DIY work, and sacrificed our afternoon recess to organize our feedbacks and create our websites. Everybody got really busy. We appreciate the hard work that everybody had put in.

3. Limited background information:

The primary school syllabus did not teach us about the structure and functions of cells. Hence, we did not have a clear definition about what was meant by fungal species. Our skills in webpage composition and editing were not very good either. Hence, we made full use of online tools to help create our webpage, utilizing existing templates to help speed up our webpage creation processes. Although templates allowed us to work faster, we had to sacrifice page layout customizations. Our students spent a long time learning how to operate these programs. Good job, people!

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Standing on the shoulders of giants, we can see farther and higher.We get a lot of experience in the participation.

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

Science and Technology

*Learn about the classification of mushrooms.

*Learn about fungal growth and reproduction through growing mushrooms.

*Learn about the ecology and processes of mushroom farming.

*Understand and try out recipes for cooking mushrooms.

*Investigate the importance of environmental protection and corporate responsibility.

Integrated Activities

*Learn about sharing job responsibilities and cooperation, and to come up with creative and innovative ideas when working together towards the same goal.

*Learn how to cooperate and share information with each other during group activities.

2. Major topics relevant to the project

Environmental education

*Investigate whether it is possible to minimize the degree of environmental damage caused by economic development.

*Learn about the importance of environmental protection in the practice of organic farming.

*Understand regional development during visits and field trips.

IT Education

*Learn to use cloud technologies like Google Docs, Picasa, and Weebly, and help reduce paper consumption.

*Create mind-map diagrams to formulate the preliminary framework of our website after discussions and instructor guidance.

Career development

*Learn about different jobs and work responsibilities during visits and interviews.

*Investigate personal interests and preferences during practical activities.

*Learn about good work ethics by observing employee behavior.

Project Elements

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


Computers in the computer labs - For file organization, discussions, typing and playback of video and audio recordings.

Digital camera - For recording activities

Digital video camera - For recording interviews and activities.

Color digital printer - For printing relevant information and posters (we used this as little as possible)

Projector and screen - For presentations


Microsoft Word 2007 -- For creating our project proposal (for a more professional finish) Microsoft power point 2007 -- For creating and presenting our project. Google Chrome -- To search for information, to establish our websites and write student feedbacks, etc.

Online tools: (very important!!)

Weebly - For writing our website and creating our presentations.

Google docs - For writing documents, feedbacks, questionnaires, carrying out online surveys and delegating jobs to team members.

Picasa web - For uploading, editing and sharing of photographs.

Google map - For navigation.

Awesome Screenshot - For taking and sharing screenshots from websites.

Facebook - For online communication (and games every once in a while)

Mindomo - For creating our website navigation map

Office 2010 - For creating small things.

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

Initial plans We worked hard to compose an initial project plan that included our initial ideas and mailed it to Qyo Company with the hope of getting their attention... We were surprised the Qyo Company had decided to FULLY SUPPORT US! We were welcomed by both the store manager and general manager. We discussed our project in a friendly atmosphere. The general manager was keen to know if we were participating in some international competition. However, our participation was difficult without any external support. The company was also concerned about the use of DV (digital video recorders) as their facilities included several industrial secrets. The company made an exception and allowed us to take photographs of the factories, but we were not allowed to use our DV to record anything.

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

We put this site on the entrance to the school site, clickthrough rate is not high, but the people in the community to understand the student's efforts, we also allow enterprises to participate in the school curriculum so that more children learn the knowledge of mushrooms.

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

Thank you everyone! We thank each and every student for contributing to our work as well as General Manager Fang of Mushroom Tribe, Manager Guo-xian Gu, store supervisor Yan-qing Qiu, assistant Jun-hua Wu and everyone in the Qyo Team! Thank you for providing us with such excellent touring services and your patient and comprehensive answers for our questions! Your quality products and services came as no surprise. The 1st Place in the Changhua County Leisure Farm Award of Excellence that your company had won was well deserved!

We express our gratitude to Teacher Yan-hui Lu and family for helping us purchase pizza doughs and cheese as well as instructing us on how to make pizzas. We thank every student and staff from the 5th and 6th grades for coming to the seminar we organized! We thank the parents, students and staff of grade 6 for helping sponsor our pizza DIY activity! We thank Principal Zheng as well as Directors Donghan and Yonglu for providing budget support, as well as the parents of our team members for their passionate assistance! We also thank Mr. Jin-wei Zhang and Section Chief Jian-zhong Lai for giving us professional assistance on the day of our pizza DIY activity!

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The sight of a rosy pink mushroom growing out from a can was such a wonderful experience! We saw pizzas piled with various kinds of first class, delicious and yummy toppings!! These pizzas certainly looked way better than any of those sold outside! This is shockingly splendid! We were very surprised with our 'childish' talents!


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