1. Description of Our Community
Taiwan is an island off the coast of Southeast Asia, west of the Pacific Ocean. Despite Taiwan's small size, communities interact with excitement and humanity. The vicissitudes of life can be seen on the large streets and small roads, whether happiness, hopelessness, or loss. There are always those groups of people in society who require assistance from others, and this is also true in Taiwan. The homeless, the underprivileged, and many other vulnerable populations live in nooks that few people see. There are, however, teams that are filled with generosity and a desire to serve others. These people play a vital role in society, and goodwill among people allows Taiwan to keep its warmth and hospitality while continuously developing.
2. Summary of Our Project
In the present day, various problems and issues are currently being addressed, such as but not limited to, acid deposition, a rise in greenhouse emissions, and municipal pollution. With that being said, we are making a significant contribution to one of Taiwan's major problems: 'homeless people.' The issue of homelessness extends beyond individuals who do not have a place to live. It also has a massive impact on the economy, public health, and society in general. If one does not have a complete understanding of homelessness, one could assume and categorize them as 'the gluttonous and lazy ones.' The factors of homelessness can be divided into two groups, structural factors, and individual vulnerabilities. Vast disasters caused by natural disasters, government policies, or shifts in the economy were indeed examples of structural factors. Individual vulnerabilities, on the other hand, can be classified in various ways. Personal or familial events contributed to interpersonal relationship fission whenever the support system is weak and unable to meet the most basic needs in life on its own. Furthermore, unemployment, early parent death, sexual orientation not accepted by friends and relatives, alcohol or drug abuse, psychiatric disorder, experience with domestic violence or sexual assault, rehabilitated individuals, and so on. We interviewed the Homeless Taiwan Association, which has been promoting homelessness issues since 2011. Wishing that citizens demonstrate empathy, humility, curiosity, respect, gratitude, philosophical and systematic thinking, interpersonal and practical skills, the seven world citizen abilities, and reconsider their relationship with the world. A survey, interview, and information gathering would be combined into this website to influence and enhance understanding of homelessness.
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:not sure
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 percentage of using the internet at home is more than 80%, and we often use them for research. We have 7 workstations with internet access in our classroom. Our connection speed in our classroom is 10.58mbps, and the speed of downloading is 2mbps. We connect to the internet more than 6 times in our classroom.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The primary issue we encountered when working on this project was that we submitted the invitation letter before the lunar new year, thus workers from the Homeless Taiwan Association did not get it. This had hindered our work, and members are really concerned about how the interview will go. We went on a tour with the Homeless Taiwan Association, but we discovered days before the tour that the tourists could not get a day off from work, and one of the workers who would participate in this interview is gravely injured. They offered to change the date of the interview, but this would drag us back even further. Fortunately, we can substitute the tourist and finish the interview. The route to completion of this project is not difficult; with the assistance of each member, we are able to complete it with little pressure and in a good environment.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Participating in the international cyber fair allows us to learn about a topic that is important to our community but that we rarely explore. We may learn about Taiwan and individuals who have sacrificed to make the community a better place, and we can share that information with others, allowing more people to notice the significance of homeless topics.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This assignment was very different from what we were taught in school; we got to explore topics that we were interested in but paid less attention to in real life. Because the entire website is written in English, we can apply the principles we learned in school to develop a well-done website and write fluently. This is an opportunity for us to improve our English writing skills and put them to use in our daily lives. We believe that this project allows us to make good use of and plan our time because we only have two periods of class per week to complete the coursework, and group collaboration is one of the topics we get to focus on. Each of us had distinct tasks to complete, and we all approached them as though they were our best and most precious work. One of the primary skills that schools want us to learn and master is research, and this capacity allows us to conduct extensive research. Finally, this project gives each of our members the opportunity to become worldwide participants in the international CyberFair competition.