1. Description of Our Community
While running a marathon in other places may feel like a personal event for the runner, participating in the Tianzhong Marathon is an event that represents the community spirit of Tianzhong Township. Known as the most welcoming marathon in Taiwan, the Tianzhong Marathon showcases the unique Taiwanese village characteristics, particularly the abundance of rice fields that earned it the title of 'Taiwan Rice Heaven.'
The township dispatches 6,000 villagers to demonstrate the warmth and enthusiasm of Tianzhong, providing support and encouragement to runners throughout the course. This event invites millions of runners from across the country to use their legs to support Taiwan's smart farming initiatives.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our Tianzhong Marathon investigation report is an in-depth look into one of Taiwan's four major marathons. Through interviews with local residents, runners, and organizers, we discovered that the Tianzhong Marathon is not just a sporting event, but also a community activity that embodies the warmth, enthusiasm, and kindness of the people of Tianzhong. In the investigation, we explored the marathon route, the scenery along the way, runner's replenishment, and the characteristics of the town of Tianzhong. In addition, we delved into the impact of the Tianzhong Marathon on the local economy and tourism industry and discussed its important role in promoting Taiwan's agriculture and smart farming. Through this report, we hope to educate more people about the Tianzhong Marathon and experience the friendliness, enthusiasm, and human touch that this event embodies.
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
During the process of conducting our investigation on the Tianzhong Marathon, we encountered several challenges. Firstly, as our interviewees included local residents, runners, and organizers, we had to spend a significant amount of time and effort arranging and coordinating interview schedules. To overcome this, we contacted our interviewees in advance, confirmed the time and location, and allowed for flexibility to accommodate unforeseen circumstances.
The second challenge we faced was language barriers. When conducting interviews with local residents and runners, we encountered communication issues as some of them may not have been fluent in English or Mandarin. To address this challenge, we sought help from our parents to assist us during the interviews, allowing us to better understand their perspectives and experiences.
The third challenge was collecting information. We needed to gather a significant amount of information about the Tianzhong Marathon, including the route, participant information, and organizer information, among others. To address this challenge, we actively searched for the necessary information through internet searches and contacting the organizers to ensure that our investigation data was complete and accurate.
Lastly, we also faced time constraints. As the Tianzhong Marathon is an annual event, we needed to complete our investigation and report writing within a limited amount of time. To overcome this challenge, we utilized a collaborative approach, established priorities, and set clear timelines to make the most of our time and ensure the successful completion of the investigation and report writing.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Experience kindness, feel the passion, challenge yourself at the Tianzhong Marathon! Run for community spirit: Discover the warmth and enthusiasm of Tianzhong through the Taiwan Rice Heaven Marathon.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our CyberFair project addressed the following content standards: social studies, geography, language arts, and technology. In social studies, we learned about community involvement and the impact of local events on the economy and tourism. In geography, we explored the unique features of Tianzhong Township, such as its rice fields and landscape. In language arts, we practiced interview skills and writing, as we compiled our research findings into a comprehensive report. In technology, we learned to utilize various online resources and tools, such as Google Forms and websites, to conduct research and present our findings.
This project was incorporated into our school's curriculum as a part of our social studies and language arts classes. It allowed us to apply the skills and knowledge we had learned in class to a real-life situation, and helped us to better understand the importance of community involvement and local events.
Throughout the project, we learned new skills such as effective communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking. We also practiced the concept of collaboration, as we worked together to gather information and present our findings.
Through our research, we gained a deeper understanding of the unique features and characteristics of Tianzhong Township, as well as the impact of the marathon on the local economy and tourism industry. We also discovered the importance of community involvement in promoting and supporting local events.
The use of the Internet for teaching and learning has been highly effective for our CyberFair project. It allowed us to easily access a vast amount of information and resources, and communicate with people from different parts of the world. It also provided us with the opportunity to develop our technological skills and utilize various online tools for research and presentation.