1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Digital Camera Uses:It is convenient to upload digital pictures, and it even contains filming functions.
Desktop Computer Uses:Searching for information online, designing websites.
Printer Uses:Print out data.
Scanner Uses:Scanning the collected pictures.
Cd Burner Uses:Organize information, data backup.
Flash Drive Uses:Convenient for us to store data and to carry around.
Cellphone Uses:Assign the jobs of every member through the phone.
Frontpage Uses:Designing the web
Photoimpact Uses:Creating the pictures needed for the web
Macromedia Flash 8 Uses: Animation making
Microsoft Word Uses:Writing the details of the web, designing structures
ACDSee 5.0 Uses:Viewing the videos filmed
Internet Explorer Uses:Browser for searching data online.
Notebook Uses:Recording the details of our interview
Live Interview Uses:Arriving at Principal David Chen's house and learned the trials and hardships of the calligraphist, also learned more about calligraphy
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We and the 'Absence Dance Crew' are the ambassadors of joy and happiness. We explore the topic of pressure in the modern society and this led us to find the “Absence Dance Crew” along the way. Through this research project, we learned that pressure has such a great impact in our daily lives and happiness can help us relieve that pressure. That is why the “Absence Dance Crew” is here for. They want to bring joyfulness to this world. Success won’t happen overnight. This group also experienced struggles and setbacks. They still insist their unique performances to the audiences and want them to feel the spirit of happiness without any pressure.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
We explore the topic of pressure in the modern society and this led us to find the “Absence Dance Crew” along the way. We also sent out questionnaires to find that people, after watching their performances, had what kind of influences on them to help relieve pressures. We interviewed the Crew in person. During the interview, we found that it takes time and effort to arrange a performance and practice to perfection. Also, dancing is not an easy task. They dance for having fun and meantime dress as clowns to bring this “fun” to the public. Watching them perform on the spot really is a lot of fun. Although their move is easy to learn, they actually made people laugh out loud. Due to the economic slump in Taiwan, people feel more stressful than ever. As a result, the “Absence Dance Crew” inspires Taiwan people with courage to keep going.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
At first, we are very grateful for the support from Tungfang Design Institute because all the crew members are currently enrolled at Tungfang. Being with the 'Absence Dance Crew,' we gradually have a better understanding of what happiness means. Thus, we took action to bring joy to the world at Sanmin District Day Care Center as volunteers. This is the first public day-care center in Kaohsiung. In our opinion, it is the spirit(bring joy to the world) that we need to learn from the 'Absence Dance Crew.' As a result, we want to be doers not sayers. Besides, we also need to thank Kaohsiung Volunteer Center, Street Dance Club, and of course the 'Absence Dance Crew' for their unselfish and sincere help to make this project come true.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Thanks to this research project, every member of the team really appreciates the meaning of teamwork and division of labor. The leader of the team thinks that a team is like a house building. Any little falloff will lead to the collapse of the house. Only through working together will the team achieve success. Though members had conflicts with each other in the process, we therefore cherish every moment and excel ourselves. After the interview with the Crew, we all felt that there are many things to accomplish at different stages of our lives. Since we talked to the Crew, we have gradually developed interests in dancing. That is something we never felt before in our lives. We really thanked the Crew for talking to them and teachers for their guidance in this project with their sacrifices and dedications.