CyberFair Project ID: 8725

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Secret of Turtle-Shaped Rice Cake in Lukang
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Ludong elementary school
    Changhua, Taiwan, Taiwan

10 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 7, 2024. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Classes and Teachers: LU,CHIUNG-LI

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Lukang is located in the northern part of the Changhua plain. The name Lukang was adopted in the early 17th century; it means “Deer Harbor” in Mandarin. At one point, Lukang became the second largest city on the island of Taiwan due to mass immigration from the Chinese mainland. It was the hub of commerce, culture and communications for the area. Historians describe the fourth phase of Taiwanese culture (1684-1842 AD) as the “Lukang Period” because of its historical significance in the development of Taiwan.

2. Summary of Our Project

Lukang, located in Changhua County, Taiwan, played a significant role during the Qing Dynasty. It became an important trading port, contributing to Taiwan's economic development as a major rice-exporting center. The town's historical significance is reflected in its well-preserved architecture and cultural heritage. TheTurtle-Shaped Rice Cake is a popular treat in Lukang, Taiwan, often shaped like a turtle and made with glutinous rice. The design symbolizes longevity and good fortune.The 'Turtle-Shaped Rice Cake' in Lukang typically maintains a white color unless there's a special occasion or a customer places a specific order. This traditional Taiwanese rice cake, shaped like a turtle, is often associated with good luck and longevity, and its color variations might be tailored for specific events or preferences.

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

Because daily school work was busy, some members delayed the writing due time, and members did not finish their assignment on time.Overcome the Problem: In order to resolve this difficulty, we utilized the early self-study everyweek made good progress.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

During the Cyberfair project period,what we learned most was writing, since it challenged our logic, and the fluency of utilizing language. We were so inexperienced that we always had many misspellings, so we needed to review our writing after it was done. We always found many missing words and unsmooth context when we reviewed our writing, so our articles needed to be edited again and again. The most laborious ones were not us but the teachers who continued to guide us. Not only did they always care for our writing condition, but also they pointed out the areas that needed to be improved after we visited each site. They helped us improve much. Thank you for all the guidance from the teachers.

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

1. Language: Through many discussions and meetings, we improved our skills on communication and problem solving. We could focus on problems, and properly provide suggestions. From many interviews, we built data analysis and key point summary. With the guidance of the teachers, we could finally write and edit the articles from different angles and using various narrative ways. We also learned to read and appreciate other writers’ thoughts and creativity to develop our own writing and language expression.

2. Social Studies: We learned more about the historical and cultural background and geographical environment of about Lukang Old Street through Cyberfair project. We also learned the development and evolution from the past to today to understand the big changes. In the production of webpage, we learned team work, enhanced our data ability, increased our interests and research spirit on subject production, cultivated our communication ability, participated in various activities, and demonstrated the spirit of participating in the society.

3. Mathematics: In webpage production, we translated our words into data through questionnaire, and learned to use Microsoft Excel to produce statistical charts to analyze everyone’s view on Lukang Old Street. 4. Arts and Humanities: It is very important to pick the appropriate background color for making the website. By using artwork software, we learned how to match colors, and how to create artwork. Chromatics taught us that different colors give people different feeling.

Project Elements

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

1) We learned how to cooperate with people, and help one another. Also, we learned to face problems together without avoiding it. 2) We learned to take good notes and record interview content to avoid losing memory. These became very good references in writing articles later. 3) We learned how to appropriately utilize various software to create and edit artwork, so that the webpage would not appear monotonous.

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

The roles we played were the cultural promotion ambassadors of Lukang. By on-site interviews, investigation, analysis, document literature organization, and website production (Walk in Lukang Inheritance preservation district ?Lukang Township?Lukang Folk Arts Museum ), we promote the historical and humanistic spirit of turtle-shaped rice cake(Ang ku kueh (Chinese: ???; Pe?h-oe-ji: Âng-ku-kóe; Tailo: Âng-ku-kué) to more people, and bring in different tea culture and experience .

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

The taste of traditional turtle-shaped rice cake(Ang ku kueh (Chinese: ???; Pe?h-oe-ji: Âng-ku-kóe; Tailo: Âng-ku-kué) is a precious memory to many people in Taiwan. Generations ago, when poverty was the constant reality, a small piece of cake was so rare that it would be divided up for the entire family to share. In Taiwan, pastries are closely associated with important stages and events in life: childbirth, adulthood, marriage, birthday, and the worship of various rituals and customs. After hundreds of years of evolution, the role of traditional pastries has gradually deepened and blended with local culture and customs, indicating the historical value of Chinese culture. This cultural ploughing may not be able to be observed in short period of time, but its power is strong. We will let more people know Lukang, and let more people see the vigorous vitality of this land. This will be the deepest impact brought in by our Cyberfair project.

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

We learned turtle-shaped rice cake(Ang ku kueh (Chinese: ???; Pe?h-oe-ji: Âng-ku-kóe; Tailo: Âng-ku-kué) culture related people and scenery beforehand through the interview of Lukang store that make rice cake. We continued to explore the stories of the improved to pay attention to health and reduce the addition of artificial colorshealthy situations and the change in turtle-shaped rice cake eating habits in Lukang have driven the transformation of traditional pastries, satisfying our sense of nostalgia and leisure needs.Through our deep research, we hoped we could create more understanding and observation with our heart, and drive the atmosphere of cultural inheritance and local teaching. We hope that people would not only know more about Lukang, but also be encouraged in exploring tea culture, and put in more efforts for cultural inheritance together after reading our website. Please follow our exquisite website to start a new cultural adventure exploring magical aspects of Lukang.


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