CyberFair Project ID: 8734

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Railway connects the present and past of Xihu Sugar Factory
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Hunan Elementary School
    Changhua, , Taiwan

6 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 10, 2024. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2024


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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Hunan Elementary School, formerly known as 'Xihu Ordinary Elementary School', was founded on April 1, 1921, during the Japanese colonial period. It is located next to the Xihu Sugar Factory in Xihu Town, Changhua County, Taiwan. In the past, it was exclusively for Japanese students. The children of sugar factory employees attended the school. The name of the school went through many reforms and was named 'Hunan National Primary School in Xihu Town, Changhua County' on August 1, 1968. It is a century-old school with a total of 17 classes and 425 students.

2. Summary of Our Project

Xihu Sugar Factory is a popular tourist attraction near the school and has the value of sugar production history, railway culture, and environmental education. Hunan Elementary School has had a close relationship with Xihu Sugar Factory. We hope that through the opportunity to participate in the CyberFair project for the first time this year, children can better understand the history of Xihu Sugar Factory, the sugar production process, railway culture, culture and The preservation of artifacts, as well as the relationship between Xihu Sugar Factory and schools and communities, and the production of web pages have led more people to understand the cultural connotation of Xihu Sugar Factory in Xihu Town, Changhua County, Taiwan.

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 planning process, we encountered three types of problems: First, it is difficult to find photos of old cultural relics on the website. Old photos can easily become damaged or not retained due to improper storage for a long time. Thanks to Xihu Sugar Factory for their assistance and providing us with many old photos and videos of sugar production that have been digitally saved for reference, so that we can overcome this difficulty. Second, it is difficult for students to convert a large amount of written information into a smooth paragraph. The difficulty in this part is that students need to be able to use abstracts. Therefore, the instructor uses oral guidance and continuous practice to enable students to overcome the difficulties in written expression. Third, students’ website-making techniques require continuous practice. Although students are already quite proficient in using computers and mobile phones, the ability to create websites requires a lot of practice. Through individual guidance and individual exercises and operations, it can help to improve this part of the difficulty.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Researching this topic allows us to really delve into the fact that the Xihu Sugar Factory adjacent to us not only has a glorious history of sugar production, but also represents a trajectory of the Japanese coming to Taiwan. Because the current social studies curriculum for fifth grade elementary schools talks about the Japanese colonial period, including primary schools, the sugar industry, etc., through this special production, we have a deeper feeling for the school, and also for the Xihu Sugar Factory. Very proud of sugar history. Although Xihu Sugar Factory no longer produces sugar, it has now transformed into a popular tourist and cultural attraction. Through this research, hope we can convey the spirit of inheritance and innovation, and that more people can come to Xihu Sugar Factory to understand this history and culture.

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

The research theme of Xihu Sugar Factory echoes the Japanese Occupation Period in the first unit of social studies in fifth grade of elementary schools. Students learn to collect research materials through interviews, document collection, online information search, on-site photography and recording, and also through on-site Interviews are used to supplement information, and oral presentations, personal practice, and paper and pen records are used to test learning results. Studying special topics through online learning can indeed integrate students' overall learning abilities. After understanding the purpose of the student's interview, an interviewer gave her approval and support to the student's learning method of participating in the CyberFair project.

Project Elements

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

In this project, we used tablets, desktop computers, projectors, smartphones, printers, and digital cameras to assist in the collection and search of information. In addition, we visited the Xihu Sugar Factory’s railway cultural preservation park, library, and school history room to collect photos and paper materials. And, oral interviews were used to interview the director and tourists to collect information related to Xihu Sugar Factory. The use of these tools helps us organize and search information effectively. The development of technology has made it more convenient for us to search for information.Thanks to the school for providing flatbed trucks and personal tablets and computer equipment for students, which are convenient for students to operate individually. Google classroom and collaboration platforms are also very convenient, allowing students to instantly convert data into files for storage, and they can be connected at any time at home and in the classroom. More better is,students can collaborate, revise, and supplement materials online with partners, and communicate doubts and discussions with teachers.

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

Through on-campus publicity activities, the sharing activities of social studies , and interviews with tourists, many students and the public can gain a deeper understanding of the history of Xihu Sugar Factory through the introduction of web pages we have produced.In addtion to many students were also surprised at the sugar factory’s relationship with our school. We look forward to be continue and develop from this website to let more people know about the Xihu Sugar Factory in Xihu Town, Changhua County, Taiwan.

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

Xihu Sugar Factory is a famous and popular tourist attraction in Xihu Town. Many people make a special trip here to take a small train of the sugar factory, have a picnic on the prairie or enjoy delicious ice cream. The special topic we produced including the history and culture of Xihu Sugar Factory, all the features of the factory, and the connection between Xihu Sugar Factory and our school. In this way, more people and students can learn about the entire Xihu Sugar Factory and Hunan Elementary school century-old history. By the sorting and railway of old utensils and old photos from the sugar-making period, you can have a more concrete idea of the past sugar-making process of Xihu Sugar Factory, the transportation of small trains and the track . History has its irreplaceable value. We hope that can have more people will have an exploration of the historical of the sugar factory , also to gain a better understanding of such a precious and special place.

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

This project invited the Director of Zhongchang District of Taiwan Sugar Co., Ltd., tourists and merchants in the sugar factory as our interview subjects to help us gain a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the sugar factory and the opinions of tourists. In collecting old photos and videos of the sugar factory, Taiwan Sugar Company sent personnel from the General Affairs Section and the Railway Section to help us understand the zone of the Xihu Sugar Factory, and introduce the culture of trains and railways, organizing the archives of old photos and videos. Thanks to the principal for leading teachers and students to the sugar factory to interview the director, thanks to the dean of academic affairs for providing books related to railway culture for students to refer to, and thanks to colleagues on campus for providing various materials. Above, I am very grateful to the above-mentioned people for their joint assistance, so that the research project can be completed.


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