1. Description of Our Community
Sihu Township is located in the center of Changhua County as well as the central position of western Taiwan, where it is next to Puxin Township and Dacun Township to the east, Yongjing Township, Tianwei Township, and Pitou Township to the south, Erlin Township to the west, Puyan Township to the north. The total area is 32.0592 square kilometers where 25 villages are divided.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is focused on the traditional sculpture art and artworks --gourd sculpture art strongly promoted by Mr. Ju-liang Yang and Mrs. Hsiu-hsin Yen who are the owners of Hudie Workshop situated in Sihu Township, Changhua County. As the owners of Hudie Workshop, Mr. Ju-liang Yang and Mrs. Hsiu-hsin Yen are mainly engaged in gourd sculpture and they lay more emphasis on lifelization and practicability during gourd sculpture. However, there are many gourd sculpture masters in Taiwan in favor of Chinese traditional figures, such as Guangong, Dharma and Mazu; their works are all boutiques, the price is relatively higher for common people, and they cannot afford it but only appreciate it. Therefore, the gourd sculpture works are innovated by Mr. Ju-liang Yang and Mrs. Hsiu-hsin Yen and sold in reasonable price. The methods of gourd sculpture include cutting &pasting, decoration, color drawing or writing in Chinese brush, sculpture is done in the end, and then they are sold out after paint is applied. In order to develop gourd sculpture and expand market, Hudie Workshop invites farmers to plant gourds together and meanwhile trains the learners who are interested in gourd sculpture. In this way, the wasted land is turned into usable land, the elderly farmers have the income, Hudie Workshop can have the continuous supplies of gourds and most important of all, the talents for gourd sculpture are trained. Thus, the young people’s job opportunity is increased and the gourd sculpture art takes root downwards. In the long term, there is no need for Hudie Workshop to worry about the problem of short supplies of gourds and it can also drive the development of local art.
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:2-3
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):
Our school offers the very convenient information equipment and network. We usually make use of morning self-study time, lunch break, class meeting and holidays to deal with most of the work. At school, we can use the computers in school library and computer classroom; while at home, we can use our personal computer and local area network to link Internet to complete the work.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
In our team, no one has ever participated in Cyberfair project, so it is more difficult for most of us. We have encountered many problems during the process, but we can still discuss the question and ask teacher for help to overcome the difficulties. There are many students in the senior class also participating in Cyberfair project, so we are often packed into computer classroom to struggle for computers. Thus, the network broadband is relatively overloaded and it usually takes a long time to open the web page. Meanwhile, many precious morning self-study time and lunch break are wasted. As a student, our school work is also a major problem. We have lots of things to do to complete the project and there is also much homework. During the mid-term examination, we have to pause for a while. However, sometimes we cannot catch up with the schedule, we have to make use of lunch break to complete the job and the unfinished school work has to be done at home. Thus, we can relatively reduce the burden. We usually take advantage of holidays to do the interview so as not to affect the class. Mr. Yang is willing to accompany us from his busy schedule, which also sacrifices the precious time of Mr. Yang and Mr. Yen. In order to give consideration to school studies and Cyberfair project, we need to learn how to manage and control time well. Mr. Yang is very thoughtful and he often asks us whether there is anything he can give a hand. With the encouragement from so many people, we must work hard to complete the project.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
In our team, only one student has ever participated in Cyberfair project. During the learning process, we are at a loss in the beginning, but finally we work together to complete the difficult task through constant exploration and breakthrough. Mr. Ju-liang Yang and Mrs. Hsiu-hsin Yen in Hudie Workshop have devoted themselves to gourd sculpture. Mr. Ju-liang Yang and Mrs. Hsiuju-hsin Yen are quite enthusiastic during the interview and intently make the detailed introduction and explanation to us, so that we can have a deeper understanding of gourd sculpture; meanwhile, we are also greatly honored to have the opportunity to attempt the pleasure of gourd sculpture.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We have conducted the following learning activities: Language:Data collection, organization, and article writing. Nature and life technology:Understanding the environment of Hudie Workshop, gourd sculpture, and production-marketing process. Arts and humanities:Taking photos, and image processing, aesthetic design of web production. Comprehensive activities:Polite deportment during interview, team-work spirit, time self-management, etc. Topic for information education:Software use ability for image processing and web production. Social studies:Understanding the overview of Taiwan’s exquisite sculpture works and business model.