CyberFair Project ID: 8312

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Dance with the electromagnetic wave-my neighbor is elecric tower
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Lu Jiang Elementary School
    New Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C

10 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2017. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Luzhou City is situated near the western bank of Tamsui River. Shilin District, Taipei is across the river and to the northeast of Luzhou. Wugu Township is to the west of Luzhou, while Sanchong City is to the southeast, which forms a diamond. Louzhou City's area amounts to 7.4351 square kilometers and now it is the city with the third highest population density in Taiwan. In the past, there were 2 high voltage transformer stations and more than 70 high voltage towers. After many years of residents’ struggle and striving of mayors, legislators and councilors, the underground of high voltage tower has been realized one after another in recent several years. However, Luzhou City still plans to build extra high voltage transformer station. Every time this issue is mentioned, residents will certainly struggle against it.

2. Summary of Our Project

Growing up in Luzhou, we are familiar with the surrounding environment where there are numerous electric towers. In the past, thanks to the striving of Ms. Yueh-e Li Weng, Former Mayor of Luzhou City and many legislators, the measures for underground of electric tower are gradually taken in the downtown, and lots of green spaces and public facilities are also increased in Luzhou District. The previous struggle events bear the common memories of many parents. Once the hazard of transformer stations and electric towers is mentioned, we can always think of a mysterious noun -- electromagnetic wave. We intend to understand what electromagnetic wave is and to transfer the knowledge gained through our hard-working exploration to more people.

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):

Our school boasts complete information equipment. Each classroom has a computer. There are three computer rooms with a 100MB fiber optic network. The host computer room is equipped with Window 2003 and several Linux servers. Our team members have computers at the home mostly connected to a broadband or fiber-optic network, and we can adopt the method of Google Drive and MAIL to record research process.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Challenge 1: the group discussion of Cyberfair project and students’ participation in other associations coincide. Some team members of Cyberfair project may also participate in National Music Club, chorus, municipality and track and field team at the same time and the assembly and practice time of almost all the association activities is set at morning self-study time or lunch break time. Therefore, members’ being absent in the discussion of Cyberfair project is very common. To solve such problem, we applied network log to record discussion results and would also announce the discussion issue and homework for next meeting in advance, so that students failing to participate in the discussion personally can also keep pace with our group discussion. Challenge 2: limited ability in information collection and sorting When we decided to collect the issues related to electromagnetic wave, too much network information was found: some of them are the false network rumors, while some are too professional to be understood. In terms of the safety of electromagnetic wave, the official statement is completely different from non-governmental environment-protecting association, so we have no idea which argument should be believed and adopted. After the process of massive retrieval, collection and reading and several times of discussion, we have gradually clarified and generalized the network data to be displayed.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Cyberfair project makes us begin to care about our hometown. These issues explored by us can are hidden in the daily streets and lanes, in the past historical traces and in the current convenient life environment. We are glad to have this opportunity to participate in Cyberfair project and we are able to observe and think about these issues carefully and attentively. In order to make students better understand electromagnetic wave, we have put lots of time and efforts into the activity and we hope that everyone can have a correct concept for electromagnetic wave, that a set of course related to electromagnetic wave can be set up and that our hometown – Luzhou can become the first demonstration city with low electromagnetic wave.

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

In order to research and promote the knowledge related to electromagnetic wave, we began with information collection. We had an interview with relevant personnel, designed reading and learning sheet in the campus, made a presentation in each class, used school broadcasting and flag rising time for promotion, designed barrier passing activity and participated in the school achievement presentation. We hoped that students could better understand electromagnetic wave around us through these activities. Although transformer station facilitates our life, it also causes lots of doubts.

Project Elements

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

The tools we used are as follows: 1.Recorder pen: Recording. 2.Internet: Searching for relevant data, email delivery, and transmission of files. 3.Digital camera: Taking photos at the scenes of a variety of activities. 4.Digital camcorder: presentation making in each class and barrier passing activity. 5.Printer and poster machines: Printing of data, large posters, and the questionnaire to customers. 6.Internet & EMAIL: Search for information, communicate, hand in the interview records 7.USB Drive: Storage of the data related to the CyberFair project 8.Computer software: Dreamweaver—production of web pages,, Photocap- image processing, Inkscape-vector drawing, Microsoft Word-data log and typewriting, Microsoft PowerPoint-make the presentation, Google Drive-store data.

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

In order to make more people get to know electromagnetic wave, we have conducted various kinds of related advocacy methods. During the process of advocacy, we have tried different methods to play the role of researchers and promotion ambassadors in person so that students will not be strange to electromagnetic wave gradually. We have the following concrete practices: (1) Announcers During the lunch time on every Tuesday, it is the time for radio drama of “Sound of Lu Jiang”, when we especially play a role of a man from electromagnetic planet and draw up a broadcast script suitable for all the schoolmates. We have spent lots of time and efforts in adjusting the difficulty of contents and increasing the interest! After the end of broadcast activities, many students become more familiar with “electromagnetic wave” and we feel a great sense of accomplishment! (2) Design of reading and learning sheet We take the opportunity of holding reading and writing contest in the school to design a reading and learning sheet related to electromagnetic wave and hope that students can express their own opinions of electromagnetic wave through this activity. (3)Propaganda by making presentations in each class we have searched and explored lots of data, sorted out the key information and then obtained the permission of tutors of each class in Grade 6 to go to the classroom to make the presentation. (4) Barrier passing activity Whereas we act as the research and propaganda ambassador of Cyberfair project, we would like to have a try to make students know electromagnetic wave in an interesting way. (5) The Achievements Presentation of Associations of our school When various associations can present their own features and learning outcomes and all school students can take this opportunity to appreciate the performances of associations or pay a visit to or hold activities in various stalls.

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

(1) Impact on us: During the period of participating in Cyberfair project, in addition to the collection of data, we need also recognize the useful information in numerous articles and generalize the key points we want to display. It is the brand new experience and challenge to have the interview, make the presentation in classroom, act as announcer and design the barrier passing activity during the process. Therefore, we need to learn to manage our own time, discuss and communicate with our partners and try various methods to complete the task, so as to completely motivate us to face the difficulties with the more active learning attitude! After we have reviewed the previous struggle news, we begin to know that there are lots of park green spaces and parking lots in Luzhou, which are the achievements obtained by predecessors and make us treasure the current environment more! Thanks to our participation in research activities, we will hold a more objective attitude and no longer feel scared when we pass a high voltage transformer station or see the relevant news. (2) Impact on the local: The theme of this research is “electromagnetic wave”. We have found that students universally have an insufficient relevant knowledge and school curriculums also lack such contents. As a result, the media easily influences people. We try our best to propagandize the relevant knowledge and hope to establish students’ correct concepts and make everyone know the hard-earned environment in Luzhou. Nowadays, there are still several electrical towers next to residents’ residence in Luzhou. We hope that Luzhou can become a demonstration area with lower electromagnetic wave someday in the future and we also hope that there will be more publicity measures or constructions to build the first “electromagnetic wave education center” so that we can have a better understanding of electromagnetic wave!

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

For the smooth completion of Cyberfair project, we would like to thank the following personnel: (1) Thank Representative Yueh-e Li Weng for dictating how they protest to build extra high voltage transformer station and the process of fighting for the underground of high voltage electrical towers. (2) Thank Mr. Cheng-chang Chiu, the Chief of Luzhou Service Center, Taiwan Power Company for guiding us to learn the knowledge related to electromagnetic wave as well as the opinions of electrical towers and transformer station. (3) Thank Class Tutor Teacher Chiu-yun Chi, Teacher Yi-chuan Tsai, Teacher Te-chang Sun, Teacher Po-ju Hou, Teacher Feng-chin Tsai, and Teacher Chin-tsai Li for their coordination with this Cyberfair project, thus students can use the morning self-study class and lunch break time to complete this Cyberfair project. (4) Thank Principal Chun-sheng Chen of Lu Jiang Elementary School for his support and encouragement of this research, Director Li-chen Lu, Supervisor Ming-gui Tsai and other teachers for their help to deal with many administrative affairs and solve with the information problems. We also would like to thank all the teachers and students of Lu Jiang Elementary School and other administrative groups for their support and help in all the activities.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

(1) Our biggest discovery: the network is inundated with various information including the comments and opinions of experts and scholars and unverified rumors. As for the opinions of electromagnetic wave, some people hold that electromagnetic wave conforms to the standards and it is safe, while some people hold that it may cause cancer and should be prevented. At the very start, we feel doubtful for these diversified ideas and we don’t know who should be believed. However, the collected data and interview results gradually make us clarify the concepts and build up our own opinions of electromagnetic wave. (2) Our biggest lesson: the biggest difficulty we meet in this Cyberfair project is the research direction to be planned. At the beginning, we intend to begin with the transformer station protest event in Luzhou, we find that we cannot merely pursue the previous news footprint and we should also research the related issues. When we begin to think about and explore the thoughts, we find that it is a very extensive issue ranging from electrical towers, transformer stations, electromagnetic wave, extremely low frequency electromagnetic wave, radio frequency electromagnetic wave, etc. The contents in each theme can be deep and extensive. After several discussions, we can confirm our research direction. Besides, many of our team members usually participate in the activities of other associations and our assembly will be affected by the routine contests in these associations even if we have communicated and discussed the assembly time in advance. Therefore, the contacts between classmates are very important and they should take an active part in the activities to keep pace with the progress of Cyberfair project activities. (3) Our biggest surprise: in the past, we thought that electrical towers and utility box must be the facilities affecting physical health. Mobile phone and base station will also make us suffer from cancer.


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