1. Description of Our Community
Taiwan is a Pacific island located southwest of Japan and north of the Philippines. It is a half tropical and half subtropical island with a rich and colorful landscape. Taiwan, known as Formosa, has its fine and diverse culture. At each corner, you can find some local stories and unique characteristics to enjoy. Our school is located in Taipei City, Shilin District, with its outstanding living environment and marvelous natural scenery. There are many famous scenic spots and historic sites nearby such as National Palace Museum, Taipei Astronomical Museum, National Taiwan Science Education Center, Shilin Night Market, and Taipei Children's Amusement Park. Through this project, we hope to help more people understand the beauty and the life of Taiwan's culture.
2. Summary of Our Project
According to 108 syllabus, alternative curriculum is organized by schools themselves. The purpose of the curriculum is to enhance students’ interest in learning and encourage them in adaptive development. Education Bureau offers lots of opportunities for junior high school students to visit every walk of life. On a field trip, students are more likely to retain information. It is also valuable to broaden their understanding of the world. Through this project, we visit the art studio of inBlooom on Dihua Street in person. Fascinated by these printed fabric with local stories, we decide to introduce more people to be acquainted with this Taiwanese brand. The brand is dedicated to conveying the concept of environmental protection and local caring. Through printed fabric, we hope to create an aesthetic life.
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):
We mainly use our school computer labs to search for information on the topic. On holidays, we use our personal computers and iPad to collect materials. Line, Facebook, and emails are often used to exchange information. Data and file transfer through emails and Google Drive are effective ways for our teamwork.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The biggest challenge we had was the outbreak of coronavirus, which disrupted our original plan. At first, we planned to visit the art studio of inBlooom in May 2021. However, the store was closed under the pandemic. Fortunately, as the virus slowed down, we contacted the person in charge of inBlooom again and arranged this interview and visit in October. In the past, our school club would set up a stall to introduce our topic and do the survey during school’s anniversary celebration. Last year, our school’s anniversary celebration was canceled because of the coronavirus. Therefore, we held the activity in a different way. First, we displayed our posters and works on the showcase. Then, we held the cyber exhibition. At last, the questionnaire was changed to fill in online. It’s enjoyable that many people visit our special exhibition and do the survey, which helps us collect the materials.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Through briefing of the founder, Hana, we understand young people’s entrepreneurial process and the difficulties they will encounter. From classic patterns of inBlooom, we get to know Taiwan crested myna, the endangered indigenous species in Taiwan. From many products of inBlooom, we’re familiar with the characteristics of Taiwan’s local culture. During the process of this project, we develop the abilities of designing questions and interviewing. Besides, we learn how to organize and analyze materials. It’s a valuable experience for us!
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1. Language field: Like the puzzle, we organize those complicated materials into complete articles. We need to have both good writing and reading skills. During the interview, it’s necessary for us to check and express the questions clearly. In the end, we name our own works and do the introductions. Through great writing abilities and vivid imagination, the works tug at the heartstrings. 2. Math field: We design our feedback questionnaire on the website, so everyone can fill in the questionnaire online. On the website, SurveyCake calculates the results, which include pie charts and bar charts. Through the project, we learn to analyze the results of feedback questionnaire and finish the report with charts. 3. Social Studies field: We discuss the reason why the store was set up in Dadaocheng and search for information to know its local custom, history and location. During the visit, we understand how to get to the art studio of inBlooom by bus on Dihua Street from our school. 4. Integrated activity field: Through interviewing the founder and experiencing screen printing, we’re acquainted with every walk of life. It is useful for us to know the career development in the future. 5. Art and Humanity field: Printed fabric and products of inBlooom indirectly affect our perception of beauty. Through the briefing of the founder, Hana, we get to know the technology of screen printing. In addition, we design our own patterns on the rubber stamp, which enhances our artistic skills.