1. Description of Our Community
New Taipei City is located in the Taipei Basin, and it surrounds Taipei City and is adjacent to Keelung City. It combines with Taipei City to become the Taipei metropolitan area. It’s the biggest municipality in Taiwan and a typical, highly-populated city. Xindian District is one of the districts in New Taipei City and is located at the southern tip of Taipei City. Due to its location advantage, many major companies were attracted to come here to set up their bases, such as HTC, VIA Electronic, 104 Corporation, Gigabyte, etc. and not to mention the deeply rooted local company like the “Yulon Motor Co., Ltd.” Comparing to Japan and the USA, the automobile industry has never been our strongest suit in Taiwan. Through intensive research and development process, Yulon Motor has dedicated its effort to become the leading car manufacturer in Asia region for the Taiwanese people. Hoping one day it will outmatch companies in Europe, the United States, and Japan, and make the country proud.
2. Summary of Our Project
Yulon Motor Co., Ltd., or in short, Yulon Motor, and its affiliates form the Yulon Group. It is one of the specialized car manufacturers in Taiwan, founded by Mr. Yen Tjing-Ling. The forming of the Yulon Group marked the beginning of Taiwan’s automobile industry after the civil war and also brought light to other related industries. More recently, with its new successful brand and self-driving technology, it becomes more and more popular among the people. Through research, videos, on-site visits, interviews, and surveys, we learn and discover how Yulon Group kept a positive attitude after facing failures when creating its own brands in the past. We also study how it continuously learns new car-related technology and finds the brightest and most innovative people to help create our very own Luxgen of Taiwan.
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):
Currently, our school’s servers are very well equipped. There are two computer labs for the students, and every teacher has a computer for teaching use. The most special thing is that the whole school is covered with Wi-Fi network, and, as part of the e-Backpack program, all fifth grade students involving in the competition are given a Google ChromeBook to help making mind maps, gathering information, recording, and sharing and communicating cloud-based data.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Getting the consent Since Luxgen is the first self-created brand in Taiwan, it has many secrets that can’t be shared with others. Therefore, visiting the company wasn’t that easily. We found the easiest way to get their permission is to call them directly and send emails detailed the purpose of our visit and School’s past Cyberfair projects. About a month later, we got a reply from its public relationship office inviting us to visit its research and development center-Hua-chuang Automobile Information Technical Center Co., Ltd. (HAITEC) and get the first-handed information.
Planning the activity It’s also challenging to figure out how to get the information we need and let the presenters have a pleasant time with us. We studied beforehand and organized the questions we wanted to ask. Then, we practiced how to deal with situations we might face during the interview. We also asked teachers to help us take pictures and record the interview, so that we can use them later.
Transportation issues Since we don’t want to affect our school work, our visits were planned during day that we had our club meetings or on weekends. Special thanks to school for organizing the safe and fast transportation.
Incorrect assumption of the self-driving technology Through Mr. Chih-Han Chang, the section chief of HAITEC, we learned that self-driving cars weren’t what we thought they were. In fact, self-driving systems have been used all over the world, like the auto-brake function in many cars is part of the self-driving system. From this visit, we know Luxgen works on self-driving technology not for the money, but it wants nothing more than creating an accident-free world.
Teamwork CyberFair is a project that needs many people’s work to create a website. In the beginning, we would write the similar parts, and we didn’t cooperate with each other well. With the teacher’s help, we learned to organize and separate the writing parts. In the end, we were able to finish the …
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our life is like great turbulent waves. Without rocks blocking the ways, how could we have such beautiful waves!? Yulon Group experienced two failures in the past trying to develop their own brand. Without these failures, we won’t have “Luxgen” today.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1. In Language area: visiting , interviewing, writing project content, writing reflections. 2. In Math area: using Googlesheet to process survey data, making statistical charts, analyzong data. 3. In Social Studies area: developing and planning research direction and project framework, planning interview questions, designing surveys, organizing transcripts. 4. In Cross-Curriculum area: integrating interviews, surveys, online data, and written materials to complete the project webpage. 5. In Natural Science: understanding the weather-resisting capability of different types of radars and the impact of 'Avogadro's law' on the self-driving technology. 6. In Information Science area: researchig data, designing webpage. 7. In School-Based curriculum area (self-motivated studies): learning a variety of thematic research technique, including brainstorming, KWHL, survey design, interview method, data collection and organization, etc.)