1. Description of Our Community
New Taipei City is a polynucleated city with the highest population in Taiwan and has developed rapidly in the past decades. As one of the most important cities in Taiwan, it takes the advantage of its location near Taipei City, the capital, and shares Taipei Metro System with the cities. The public transportation sharing constitutes the formation of Greater Taipei Area, and the cooperation between the two cities make the two prosperous and appealing to the global communities; In terms of business development, New Taipei City has been awarded the first prize in the Transformational Business Awards given by Financial Times in 2016.
2. Summary of Our Project
As the era moves on, with the development of new technology, new industries are booming and taking over the market while certain industries are losing their used-to-be dominance and glory, like the remain of a day--the sunset. This research focuses on a Taiwanese pen twist manufacturing company and its development in the past, present, and future. Also, this research aims to shed light on the revolution of the sunset industries--by drawing the concept of hidden champion, we examine the predicaments and obstacles that minor and medium manufacturers are facing, and we aimed to discuss the methods or perspectives that the sunset industries can adopt to make innovations in this internationally competitive generation.
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:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
First, there was very less information about our topic on the Web, so we interviewed figures in the field for first hand informations.
Second, there was times when opinion in the group deviated. To reach an agreement, we listened to each other's point of view, then mediate a suitable result for everyone.
Third, the barrier of space and time. It was hard to have a face-to-face meeting when everyone in the group have different time schedule and living area. That was where online platforms came in, we complete most of our works on Google Docs. Softwares like Line was also helpful for group discussions.
Another obstacle was our lack of time management. Our method was making a time schedule then stick to it. We clearly label when we discuss, when we should finish and move on in the plan, so we were able to stay efficient. Finally, we had no idea how to build a Website in the first place. None of us was familiar with programing. Thankfully there are many engineers work in the school that were willing to help. We consulted and learned programing skills from them.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Our research during the participation has raised attention to an important industry in Taiwan; it has emerged people's realization of the contribution of small business in Taiwan's economy. It also provides students with information of more possible options for their future career.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
In this project we gained researching skills, realized the importance of passion, and how to interact with people, the essential elements for learning.
Research is what every project and presentation started with. It could only be gained through practicing, like scrolling the screen looking for the accurate data, or scanning articles seeking for useful messages. Our simplified introduction for the history of pen industry comes from the researches we done. In addition, the project provides us a chance to get familiar with helpful tools for research.We used internet sources, online platforms to organize and collect data.
Interactions with people is an ability not just supporting coursework but an important life skill. This project include interviews and contacting with people in the community. We had overcome obstacles like lack of agreement and time management by making acceptable time table for everyone. Therefore we could be more confident when we need to cooperate with others while doing required coursework, or fitting the standards.
Finally, passion is needed to keep continue a research. We learned how to appropriately use our passion to keep ourselves working. We found that when we actually care for what we are researching, it would be much easier to get through the barriers. Realizing we can overcome the high standards hard to meet, or goals difficult to achieve with a heart of interest would certainly save our time in the future.