CyberFair Project ID: 8403

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: A precious part of Singaporean culture - Hawker Centers
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School
    Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

17 students, ages 16-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 2, 2018. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Classes and Teachers: Mr David Chang and Infocomm club

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

The Hawker Center is an important and integrated part of the Singaporean culture.

However the Hawker Center is declining and we hope that we can help to preserve and archive this important aspect of the Singaporean life. Most Singaporean grow up eating Hawker food and they supply the nourishment of all Singaporeans

2. Summary of Our Project

PRESERVE the old hawkers, and the passion of the young hawkers in creating authentic hawker cuisines representing Singapore.

UNITE the young and old hawkers - coming together to work towards a common goal: PRESERVE the heritage of hawker centres in Singapore.

The site will include pictures and life story of the various Hawkers who agreed for us to capture this unique Singaporean culture.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The students have to seek permission from these Hawkers who are generally reserve and camera shy. Some do not speak English and the interview had to be done in Mandarin or in dialect. This had to be transcripted and summarise for the website

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This website allow the students to see this hawker centers as a key element of Singapore and help us to promote this dying trade in Singapore

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

The students learned to work collaboratively and to use their skills such as interviewing the participants. The students also collate their data and edit them collaboratively by using Google drive and Google documents.

They learned about the problems faced by the Hawkers in Singapore and the long hours these Hawkers have to work to provide nourishment for Singapore.

Project Elements

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

The students worked collaboratively using Google drive and document to edit their peers work and also to plan the website.

They used HTML and CSS using an editor (sublime text) this allowed them to create the website that is both browser and mobile responsive.

The students also edited the photograph using GIMP. This allowed them to make changes to the website and influence the overall appearance of the website.

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

The interviews and the pre-interview phrase allowed the students to let the interviewee understand why they are doing the project and also allow them to be the spokesperson for CyberFair project.

They personally went to the different Hawker centers to talk to these hawkers and often they have to use Mandarin or other dialects as these hawkers are not English educated.

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

The project help the students and the community to realise the importance these hawkers play in the Singaporean culture. This project also allowed us to archive their stories and allow the other students to learn about the issues faced through theses interviews.

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

The students asked their parents and the different teachers such as the history and social studies teachers about the timeline about hawker food in Singapore.

They also have the help of the school IT staffs who supported with the software and allow the computers to be functioning properly.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The students learned that many of the hawkers were delighted to share their experiences. They appreciated the learning done through the interviews and how they are an important part of Singapore culture.


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