CyberFair Project ID: 8054

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Power in Silence—The Story of Deaf Women's Basketball in Taiwan
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Taipei Fuhsing Private Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

8 students, ages 10-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 23, 2016. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2014,2015

Classes and Teachers: Hsien Ping Lin

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

At present, Deaf Women's Basketball Team is training in the Far Eastern Stadium, the gymnasium of Oriental Institute of Technology. It is located at the intersection of South Nan-Ya Road and Far East Road in Pan-chiao District. This is a convenient location for commuting players. Pan-chiao is rich in culture and history. Since earlier times, it has been an important town in the North; the famous Lin Family Mansion and Garden is located here. In recent years, with the joint development of train, high speed railway, and MRT, coupled with constructions of new buildings, Pan-chiao is now a prosperous location with vital functions. Deaf Women's Basketball Team becomes associated with the Far Eastern Stadium because of the coaches, Pi-cheng Teng and Pi-yun Teng. They were previously coaches for the Oriental Institute of Technology men and women's basketball teams, which also trained at this same location. So naturally this becomes the practice ground for Deaf Women's Basketball Team. Under the training of these two coaches, the team has transformed from a mismatched group to becoming number one in Asia. With everyone’s support, the team can continue to shine internationally, and display Taiwan's vitality to the world.

2. Summary of Our Project

The story of Deaf Women’s Basketball is not only motivational and inspirational, but also provides a comprehensive meaning to life education. To unveil the touching stories behind it, we developed research objectives as follows: (A)Understand the founding history of Deaf Women's Basketball Team, the significance of the Deaflympics, and develop a deeper appreciation for the efforts behind the process; (B)Understand the inconvenience of the hearing-impaired, and the development in deaf sports; (C)Interview people who have supported the team throughout the process, for an in-depth study and understanding of the difficulties and problems that were encountered; (D)Participate in basketball games, and coordinate activities and projects to introduce and promote their stories on campus; (E)Through active promotion, we intend to not only share and advocate their spirits to students, but also to help gain support for the team.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

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):

(A)Web environment at School: Our school has a computer classroom, equipped with Internet access through fiber-optic network. We mostly conduct our research, discussion, and printouts of related data during lunch break or after-school hours. (B)Web environment at home: ADSL, Cable, or fiber-optic Internet access. (C)Data transmitting methods: Through the use of Google Drive, USB, and E-mails, we were able to access and share data in school and at home. (D)Communication modes: Through the use of social apps and emails on cell phones, iPads and computers.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(A)Playing the role of journalists Throughout our project, we had numerous opportunities to play the role of journalists. We interviewed people from various fields including government officials, news anchor, sports commentator, sports editors, and even a film director. Prior to the interviews, we felt nervous because the basketball players, Secretary-General (Mr. Yu-ping Chao), and the referee (Mr. Hsin-da Lee) were hearing-impaired persons. We were afraid we could not fully understand their replies. Fortunately, documentary film director Ms. Lin shared with us her experience of working with the deaf basketball players, in addition to guidance from the teachers, our interviews were successful, and contributed greatly to our project. (B)Time management Every one of us has a club activity that requires a lot of practice, such as band, dance club, or chorus, in addition to our regular academic studies and other talent or after-school classes. To be engaged in the CyberFair Project, which involves significant planning and researching time, time management was essential. We learned to work effectively and utilize spare moments to complete the tasks on hand.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

After learning the story behind Deaf Women’s Basketball Team, we are touched by their dedication and persistence in pursue of their dreams. Even with disability, as long as you are willing to learn and willing to work hard, nothing is impossible. You may not be able to see immediate results, but once the seeds of endeavor sprouted deep within the heart, you can look forward to the day they blossom.

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

Throughout the research process, we learned to decide on the research topic, develop a research framework, allocate and plan our work, organize and design to complete our tasks. We worked as a team to explore our research topic. The skills we acquired can be applied in life, as well as in different areas of learning, which broaden and deepen our journey in the quest for knowledge to increased diversity.

Project Elements

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

A. Computer-related software (1)Windows 7 Google Chrome:Search related information and video (2)Microsoft Word 2013:Integrate research text, ideas, and reflections (3)Microsoft Excel 2013:Create statistics charts for questionnaire (4)Microsoft power point 2013:Design outlines for briefings (5)Adobe Dreamweaver:Produce and setup website (6)iMovie:Edit videos B. Computer-related hardware (1)Computer:Digitalize Cyber Fair Project (2)Laser printer:Print related project information and data (3)Digital camcorder:Record videos of the Cyber Fair project process (4)Digital camera:Take photos of the Cyber Fair project process (5)Recording pen:Record interview contents of the Cyber Fair project

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

During the many interviews we conducted, a lot of interviewees commented that currently we are just elementary students, but if we start to care for deaf sports now, we will grow up to have greater influences in the future. Even though we are only a group of eight elementary students, but with every eight people we touched, these eight will spread and reach eight more. Continuing and progressing, we too can achieve enough influences to make a difference!

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

From this research project, we acquired a deeper understanding of this special team- “Taiwan Deaf Women's Basketball Team”. Their adherence to perseverance and enthusiasm help them overcome any barriers and problems hearing-impairment may debilitate. They learn to be strong, to unite, and to persist during the games. We want to share and convey this spirit of “never give up” to more people.

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

2009 Deaflympics in Taipei provided the primary incentive to start the first deaf women's basketball team in Taiwan. Mr. Hsin-da Lee was responsible for formation of the team, and also served as the team’s first coach. Thereafter, the famous twin basketball coaches, Pi-cheng Teng and Pi-yun Teng, became the key figures for continuing to drive and urge the team forward. With their passion for basketball, they accepted this position to train a team with almost zero background. They offer strict and solid training, and yet they also care about the players’ personal life and career plan. They transformed Deaf Women's Basketball Team to becoming number one in Asia.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We divided our research into two main directions, one is to understand the establishment and development of Deaf Women’s Basketball Team, the other is to understand the causes for hearing-impairment, and the difficulties in participating in deaf basketball. We found that the biggest problem they encounter is the communication between coaches and teammates. So we experienced silent basketball to see how they deal with the obstacle. Other problems the team faces are acquiring adequate resource and training for the players.


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