CyberFair Project ID: 7791

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Lanzhou sheepskin rafts
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

    Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, china

4 students, ages 15-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 28, 2014. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2011,2012,2013

Classes and Teachers: Yangwenyan,He Shenlan,Su Yanping,Hehaiping

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We are in a remote region which is under the jurisdiction of Lanzhou city -- Honggu district. Lanzhou is only city to cross the Yellow River, along the South Bank of the Yellow River, opened Binhe road which is more than 50 kilometers from east to west, and built the only Yellow River customs line, known as the 'the Bund of Lanzhou'. Here, the floating sheepskin rafts around the Yellow River is one of the most distinctive tourism projects. We occasionally see skin raft drifting in the river, just like a leaf boat. The human and raft get together and drifting in the river; we cam see several guests on the raft close to see, it is very stimulating wit the waves. During the National Day in 2013, sheepskin rafts once again went into public view, Lanzhou TV, Gansu TV, CCTV news broadcast the sheepskin raft scene, this is Lanzhou enviable folk culture heritage, and bring unlimited business opportunities to the tourism industry in Lanzhou.

2. Summary of Our Project

In this project, the column 'folk culture' is the focus of the event. From the Guangxu years, since sheepskin rafts are followed from generation to generation, which not only continuous bearing labor, living, traffic dozens of generations of historical mission, more concentrated historical value of the Yellow River culture for hundreds of years. In addition, sheepskin raft is beautiful, unique, very entertaining, in recent years has been made into various types of sculpture, crafts, left the Yellow River, still showing the Yellow River culture, its artistic value is inestimable. In particular, it is an important part of the Yellow River culture, it is an important research area of cultural development, and it is the crystallization of the wisdom of the ancient working people. The sheepskin raft can be left if we want to investigate, promote the culture of the Yellow River.

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:4-6

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

We have 5 computer

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1) The photographing process is arduous, and our interview is blocked. The factories and mines destroy the environment in order to gain profit, and we are obstructed during photographing. But we get the evidence that they destroy the environment through many ways, including candid camera. 2) Hard journey. We have to change several buses and trains, even walking. 3) Tight time. We have great pressure on learning general knowledge, and we have to make up lessons at weekends, so we merely have time to interview. 4) Lacking in experiences. There are many problems about webpage-making skills, social interaction and communication. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”. Also, the Organizing Committee requires that the entries should be in English version, so we have to seek help from the teachers from Qian Xiang Wan Cai.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Although webpage making is simple, the process is arduous! Once there is an opportunity in the future, we shall not miss it. We believe that hard work will be rewarded. Tourism is an important part of our economic development, all over the world is developing tourism, we believe that the efforts will bring vigor to the development of own home, we should study hard, do our best for the construction of tourism cultural center.

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

We only know the knowledge of sheepskin rafts on the book, we want to experience personally, personally feel the charm of sheepskin rafts. The new curriculum clearly pointed out, high school graduates must participate in social practice, it is 6 goals, take this opportunity, we conducted our research activities. Not only finishing the social practice but also completing Webpage production. Throughout the process, we learned a lot of things that never learned from books, learned about the history and culture of sheepskin raft, production, bringing the contribution of regional economic development.

Project Elements

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

Telephone, Internet,PS, Word, Digital camera, Pen and paper

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

We play the identity of reporters. After discussion, in order to understand the public attention on sheepskin rafts, our team and students made a survey about 'how much you know about sheepskin raft, spreading them in the bridge and on both sides of the Yellow River.

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

The rafts in Lanzhou have applied for national intangible cultural heritage, the purpose to apply intangible cultural heritage declared is to better protect our once familiar sheepskin raft, whether successors or its production process, driving techniques and the survival of the state of the humanities, it is a very valuable cultural wealth for us.

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

Local staff filled in the questionnaire and gave us the status and development prospects of sheepskin rafts.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Witnessed the 'sheepskin raft race warship', which contrasts with the exaggerated methods describe sheepskin raft fighting the storm, sweeping into the momentum and rafts off heroic spirit, depicting a landscape with distinct cultural characteristics of the Yellow River Since 2006, Lanzhou rafts were officially identified as the first batch of intangible cultural heritage by Gansu Province sheepskin rafts Department, its cultural connotations really have a 'race warship' the pace of appreciation. Before 50 years, when the railway has not yet opened, the upper region of the Yellow River highway traffic is not convenient, and the raft has been an important means of transport.


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