CyberFair Project ID: 8748

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Breezing Hsinchu – Blooming Beauty of Its Centuries
Category: 6. Historical Landmarks

School: Kang Chiao International School Hsinchu Campus
    Hsinchu City, , Taiwan

7 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2024. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2021,2022,2023

Classes and Teachers: WANG, BIE-DUO?LIAO, SHAO-TING

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Hsinchu City, located in northern Taiwan, formerly known as Zhuqian, is one of the earliest developed cities in northern Taiwan. The construction of the city began in the Qing Dynasty, when an earthen city was built to prevent pirates and had a complete city outline. Afterwards, the city gates and walls were demolished one after another. Currently, only the east city gate - Yingxi Gate, known as the heart of Hsinchu, remains. Later, when the Japanese ruled Taiwan, they built the Hsinchu City State Hall and the Hsinchu Railway Station, a national historic site in Baroque and German styles. There is also Dongmen Market. At present, Hsinchu is not only an educational center, but also has one of the best national universities in Taiwan. With the establishment of the Hsinchu Science Park, it has become Taiwan's science and technology development center, leading Taiwan's economic take-off. Hsinchu is a city that combines tradition and technology. From the Qing Dynasty and the Japanese occupation period to the current technological center, each historical stage can create its own unique urban style and leave behind precious cultural and historical scenery. In order to allow everyone to have a glimpse of the once glorious historic sites, Hsinchu City has planned a guided tour of the old city. Under the leadership of professional tour guides, people can personally encounter the historic sites where Hsinchu City was founded, and experience Hsinchu's history, humanities, and The beauty of architectural art.

2. Summary of Our Project

This topic is to gain an in-depth understanding of the historical sites, history and humanities of Hsinchu City's old town area through activities such as information reading, video viewing, on-site inspections, guided tours and handicrafts. Within one square kilometer of the old city, there is the highest density of historical sites in Taiwan. The scope of this study starts from Hsinchu Railway Station, a national historic site, along the old city moat, and ends at the Yingxi Gate (East Gate), the old city gate of Hsinchu, a national historic site. After renovation, a poetry wall, projection sculpture, glass bridge, river gallery and moat water park have been added, becoming a mark of the times that combines tradition and modern technology. Then we visited the Hsinchu City State Hall, a national historic site, and the Hsinchu City God Temple, a second-class historic site that was once the religious center of Hsinchu. Finally, we arrived at the Dongmen Market, which was once the largest market in Taiwan. Since the Hsinchu City Government attaches great importance to tourism and cultural industries, it combines the strength of local businesses every year to organize various artistic and cultural activities and free guided tours, and work together to create a high-quality urban tourism environment. Through in-depth explanations, we can re-understand Hsinchu City and let people see the charm of this city's century-old glory.

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

A.In the early stage of brainstorming about the theme, we first collected relevant local information and listed the topics we were interested in first. Before the final decision of the topic, everyone has to use 3 minutes to introduce the key points of the topic and the reasons for conducting research to our teammates. It is very challenging to brief the key points in a short time and seek support from classmates. B.Before our on-the-spot visit to Hsinchu City , we have collected a lot of relevant information through the Internet, but because the amount of the information is plentiful but complicated, we must first discuss to spot our focus and the direction of the topic that everyone wants to present, and through the mind Diagrams and tree diagrams, etc., we classified and sorted out the key points. C.Another challenge for us is how to collect the information we need, ask in-depth questions to the interviewees, and use interview tools correctly within the limited time on the day of the survey. Through discussion, we sorted out the questions that we were curious and interested in, and recorded them as the basis for the interview. Before the survey, we practiced how to collect first-hand complete records through simulated conversation exercises and training in the use of audio-visual tools. D.When we first participated in this topic, we all had our own ideas, and we didn't have a great tacit understanding in terms of theme decision, web page structure, and division of labor. Through discussion and communication time after time, we gradually cultivated a good understanding, and finally we were able to present the complicated information into a complete website through a systematic structure.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Through this webpage production, students have a better understanding of the evolution of Hsinchu City and its role in the history. As time goes by, through the cooperation between the government, private groups and enterprises, in addition to maintaining and renovating historic sites, integrating historic sites in the neighborhood, developing several guided tours of urban historic sites, and integrating sightseeing to promote and preserve local historical sites. The school’s relevant courses have also arranged summer visits, statrs from the City God Temple and surrounding scenic spots. Through cross-field teaching activities, children can better understand the city of Hsinchu, a blend of old and new, and gain an understanding of the local culture.

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

In this special topic and webpage production, both students and teachers can experience the advantages of digital learning. Through collecting, classifying and integrating data on the Internet, and then deepening the impression through on-site interviews and personal experiences, the students extended learning from the classroom to the outside. On the Google platform, the students engage in classifying data, integrating and completing the research structure, and then present the data systematically on the web. These learning and growth are difficult to achieve in traditional teaching. This time, it made us learn that the vast network resources can surely bring us a broader perspective. Through setting common goals, starting a plan, a lot of brainstorming and interactive discussions in the process, and solving problems together, both students and teachers all benefit in the aspects, including knowledge and operational skills.

Project Elements

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

A.Phone and email: Primary resources like Interviews and phone calls. B.Internet: Make use of the Internet to collect secondary resources and cooperation platforms to upload data, download materials and organize them systematically. C.Laptops: List out the questions for the interview and edit the transcript for videos, webpage design and material organization. D.Cameras and cellphones: They are used to video record the research work, field investigation, and interviews. E.Computer Softwares: Cloud Computing Softwares in Google, Coggle, Mindmup 2.0, Canva, and so forth.

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

A.A. After the completion of the website, the students went to every classroom to promote it in person, and they orally shared their one-day investigation and interview experience. What’s more, they also used the webpage to systematically introduce the historical landmarks of Hsinchu City, and encouraged schoolmates to make reservations for guided tours online, and support the preservation of the cultural old settlements in Hsinchu with practical actions by joining the activities. B.B. After the website is completed, the students post website links through social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Google Classroom to increase the visibility of the webpage, so that more people can see the historical landmarks in Hsinchu City.

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

Through this webpage design and field visit, students can have a sense of identity with the cultural environment, and various historic buildings in Hsinchu City, and then share this experience and ideas with relatives and friends around them, so that more people may be willing to walk into Hsinchu City, participate in a professional guided tour of the historic buildings, and take a one-day experience itinerary will provide more practical economic support for the revitalization of the historic buildings in Hsinchu. In addition, through the power of the Internet, all the people who cherish the local culture of Hsinchu will be connected together, bringing sustainability to the preservation of cultural relics, and the possibility of operation and development.

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

After we participated in the tour guide and interview, both guides in Hsinchu City, along with the shopkeepers interviewed on the old street, recognized our topic and provided us with lots of manuals. This made us have a better understanding of the historical settlements and local industrial resources in Hsinchu.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

A.(Guided Tour and Interview for the Monuments): Through the guided tour of the monuments, it is found that the maintenance of the monuments can gather all the people who cherish the history of Hsinchu who reclaimed the to cooperate. In addition to the maintenance of the monuments, it is also combined with the development of tourism in its local industry. Through various activities, the Hsinchu old town area turned a new life of itself. Once the historic monuments were nicely and successfully revitalized, Hsinchu as gotten even more charming than it used to be. B.(Field Investigation): After visiting Hsinchu City and experiencing the beauty of the architecture of the old settlement, we were deeply moved by the belief of government and the local people. They strive to maintain the historical sites, promote the culture of Hsinchu old town area, and make Hsinchu City shine in the world. C.(Experience inheritance): Through interviews and in-depth understanding, we learned that in the process of maintaining historical sites, through the inheritance of experience, we not only continue to cultivate a new generation of young tour guides, but also preserve the historical buildings from the reclamation period of Hsinchu. Recognizing the value of historical sites and inheriting culture, it also integrates new urban features with historical buildings, making the city of Hsinchu still charming after centuries. D.(Continuous Improvements): The Hsinchu City Government, private organizations and enterprises are continuing to maintain the historical sites. Through several guided tours, the promotion of historical sites, historical humanities and tourism industries, and cooperation with local industries, they continue to make the city of Hsinchu better. Shining and glowing, the city's appearance, a fusion of old and new, displays an infinitely charming style as generations change.


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