CyberFair Project ID: 7889

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Tenny Fantasy--Taiwan's Awesome Pens
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Kaohsiung Commercial High School
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC

10 students, ages 16-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 1, 2015. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2007~2014

Classes and Teachers: Ms. Chen Yingling, Ms. Li Meihua, Mr. Wang Wenhsien, Class 302

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

For the 2015 Cyberfair Project competition, our team chooses TENNY Co., which aims to create “a pen unique to Taiwan,” as our research subject. Tenny’s factory is situated in Madou District, Tainan, which in turn is located in central west of Tainan, with its latitude 121.15, longitude 23.11, and a total area of 53.9744 aquare kilometers. Madou District, in the ancient capital of Tainan, occupies the central tract of Chianan Plain, whose terrain is level and soil is fertile. Zengwun River cuts through the south of it, making it a prosperous district. Furthermore, Freeway No. 1, Provincial Highway 1 (Taiwan), and the main railway converge here, making it a very important transportation hub. The wonderful location makes it possible to manufacture and market Tenny’s MIT pens.

2. Summary of Our Project

It is necessary for us students to pay more attention to those “MIT industries” when the government is actively fostering them. Therefore, TENNY Co., located in Madou, Tainan, is our research target. With the passage of time, ballpoints and other kinds of pens have replaced the fountain pens as the main writing tools. However, why does TENNY Co. insist on keeping developing and producing fountain pens? In order to get insights into its business spirit and expand our horizons, we conduct this research project. Meanwhile, through this Cyberfair Project competition, we would like to introduce to the public the beauty of fountain pens, overturing the popular stereotype towards them. We, as a whole team, would like not only to publicize local Taiwanese industries to both domestic and foreign consumers, but to broadcast MIT pens manufactured by Tenny, making their fame spread far and wide.

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):

In addition to computer-specualized skills, students really learn a lot from doing this Cyberfair project, actually an integrated competence, which paves a smooth path for their future learning.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Students don’t have much free time to do this research project. Therefore, we make great use of the lunchtime breaks and holidays to get instructions and hold discussion sessions with classmates. As a result, this project is finished on time. Knowing little about this industry and having no experience in interviewing, we are both excited and nervous to interview Mr. Zidong Guo, the president of Tenny, for the very first time. Fortunately, with lots of preparations of selecting useful material and surfing the Internet to locate Tenny’s profiles, it was not that difficult and went very well after the first question. Finding that Mr. Guo is a person of great affection relieve us of our nervousness, which in turn makes us more confident about our interview.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Moving forward from knowing little about doing Cyberfair project to completing Cyberfair 2015 really ,eans a lot to us, both instructors and students.

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

Our Cyberfair project’s topic for 2015 is “TENNY Fantasy—Taiwan’s Awesome Pens.” We apply what we learn at school. Through collecting data, doing interviews, carrying out the on-the-spot observations and questionnaire surveys, which help to cultivate the ability to integrate the knowledge and solve problems, we integrate classroom instructions and curricular demands. For example, Introduction to Business, Chinese, English, Art, Introduction to Computer, etc.

Project Elements

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

Technological devices (bo hardware and software) we used to accomplish our project are ipad, telephones, mobiles, ipad, digital cameras and camcorders, scanners, hard drive and flash drive, computers, Photoshop, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Word, Dreamweaver, IE, Firefox, Chrome, CuteFTP, and some piece of relevant software]

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

Students act as various roles of ambassadors. Besides the information collected online, the Information Embassadors go to school and community libraries to collect data, helping finish the project. To get different reports about the president, Mr. Dongzi Guo, we conduct interviews to get more information about him and have conversations with the staff and customers. To enrich the contents of the monograph and get a better understanding of the pen industry, we also conduct questionnaire surveys, which enable us to do the research outside the school and have more time to interact with the communities. This project is divided into 2 parts, the monograph and the website teaching, supervised by teachers from our school and STU, making us realize the goal and theme of International Cyberfair competition 2015.

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

We are all commercial high school students, possessing few ideas of the pen industry. Before doing this monograph, although we’ve read many books and online data, there are still many details we don’t fully understand. Through this monograph, we start to get a better understanding of the local businesses. Meanwhile, we learn how to collect data efficiently and arrange them in order. Furthermore, we also learn how to manage our time and make good use of every event. At last, we are able to separate the wheat from the chaff, effectively finishing our project.

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

Through our website, people from all over the world can have a chance to know much about Taiwan’s pen industry, for example, the origin, structures and features of pens. In this way, through the understanding, people can grow an interest in pens, and most importantly, have the chance to get to know a local company, Tenny Co.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Through this research, we discover many things that we didn’t know in the pen industry. We also find that Mr, Guo’s perseverance, even though he is physically handicapped, prevails. He is a model example for us to follow. Before taking part in the Cyberfair project, we seldom had a chance to cooperate with schoolmates from other classes doing a project. From doing this research, we have learned a lot, such as the importance of teamwork and the true value of cooperation with. We also have learnt to be open-minded to accept different ideas. During the data collection, interviews, and field trips, we admire Mr. Guo profoundly, who has never given up learning on his own, from plastic injection, acrylic quality accessories, to the pen industry. His diligence and the attitude of not feeling ashamed to ask and learn from his subordinates not only push his brand design to grasp the Taiwan Excellent Manufacturer Award, but also make Taiwan pens made by Tenny a local distinctive industry, which shocks us a lot.


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