CyberFair Project ID: 8758

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Taiwan’s unique religious center—Mazu Temple
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Jing Siou Elementary School
    Yuanlin, Changhua, Taiwan

10 students, ages 10-11 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2024. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2022?2020

Classes and Teachers: Liu Yisheng

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Yuanlin City (Taiwanese: Uân-lîm-chhi), formerly known as 'Yuanlou Tsai' and 'Lin Tsai Street', formerly 'Yuanlin Town', is located in the east-central part of Changhua County, Taiwan, and is the economic and cultural center of South Changhua , with a population of more than 120,000. The Dayuanlin living circle with Yuanlin as the center has many industrial clusters. Yuanlin's tire industry wins the championship, and almost all domestic bicycle and motorcycle tires come from here. Heading south into Shetou Township, 80% of the country's socks are made here, making it the 'Hometown of Socks'. The neighboring Tianwei Township and Yongjing Township dominate Taiwan with their flowers and seedlings respectively. Dachun Township in the north of Yuanlin not only ranks first in grape production, it is also the 'Queen of Bicycles'. The bicycle industry radiated from Merida ranks second in Taiwan.

2. Summary of Our Project

Mazu is regarded as the 'Goddess of the Sea' by Taiwanese people. March and April every year can be regarded as Taiwan's Thanksgiving Day. Many celebrations and Mazu circumnavigation celebrations are held in various places. 'March Madness Mazu', a grand annual religious event---Mazu is going on tour! Famous deities such as Dajia Mazu, Baishatun Mazu, Nanyao Palace Mazu and other gods visit each other and circumambulate each other. They always attract a large number of believers to greet them. It is not only a highlight moment in the hearts of Taiwanese local believers, but also attracts Many foreign media and foreigners reported and participated. No matter what your beliefs are, as a Taiwanese, I believe you must have heard of Dajia Mazu and Baishatun Mazu. This 9-day and 8-night walking pilgrimage not only invigorates local religious activities, but also connects Many relationships between people! 'Mazu Belief' is a unique religious belief of Taiwanese people, and our topic will introduce it in depth.

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

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

There are two computer rooms in the school and 70 computers in total for students to access to. Every of the class-teacher is allotted a computer or a laptop, and in each class there is a LCD projector. The E- classrooms were set up in 2009. They are equipped with interactive whiteboards. The main campus network T1 gives access to academic network, and we also have a backup optical network. There are three Wireless Access Points in school and wifi is available on campus. The school bought three 5G wireless internet access for teachers and students to access to.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Insufficient data collection ability: Children lack the logical ability to integrate information. When looking for information, it is difficult to find information that matches the research topic. Ways to overcome: Divide children into groups and encourage cooperative learning in groups so that information can be collected faster. The teacher also guides the children to sort out appropriate information through group discussions.

2. Insufficient activity records: Children are unable to record completely and in detail the information obtained at the time of the activity. There are often many omissions or incomplete records. Ways to overcome: Ask the children to work in groups of two during the actual exploration. One person is responsible for recording, and the other is responsible for recording and photography. When sorting out the data after the interview, the audio files can be used to help compare the accuracy of the data in order to produce complete and accurate content.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

By participating in thematic action research at the International Schools CyberFair Project, we leveraged the spirit of teamwork and mutual assistance, and actually visited the Mazu Temple, the unique belief center of Taiwanese people, so that children who can only study through textbooks and computer equipment on weekdays can extend their reach to the learning environment. Take a step outside the school to conduct actual visits and re-understand familiar daily things. While conducting in-depth interviews with local experts step by step, students can not only broaden their horizons, but also learn about the beauty of their hometown.

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

The research and activities of the Thematic Research Program are integrated with the teaching and curriculum needs of the school: 1. Chinese: Strengthen article organization and analysis skills, and improve article writing integration skills by writing activity records. 2. Information technology: Use the Internet to collect data, and combine the features of various software to organize data and edit photos. Work together to complete briefings on research activities and share research results. 3. Arts and humanities: Taking photos of events can help you learn photography techniques and the beauty of composition, and improve your personal art awareness.

Project Elements

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

1. Online library: Find information and learning materials related to Mazu Temple and Mazu belief. 2. Tablet PC: Take photos and record the visits and visits. 3. Computer and laptop equipment: Use a computer to type the recording content into verbatim drafts, search for information online, analyze and classify the information, and create a special research website.

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

From the special research and sharing activities, it was found that most students were very enthusiastic and personally participated in and learned the relevant knowledge of traditional Mazu beliefs and Mazu temples. At the same time, they inspired their interest in exploring the unique Mazu temples in various places, and provided an opportunity to inherit Mazu beliefs. In addition to personally visiting Dajia Mazu Temple, Baishatun Mazu Temple, Lukang Mazu Temple, and Yuanlin Funinggong Mazu Temple, we also hope to arouse others' interest in the community's faith culture and the preservation of temple cultural relics.

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

After many actual visits and information collection, I realized that Mazu belief is deeply rooted in the community and has the power to calm people's hearts. The custom of Mazu's circumambulation has become a characteristic culture of Taiwan. It is an important event every year and enjoys a high reputation internationally. These are things that we did not understand before, so we must work hard to introduce and share the knowledge and experience we have gained with more people from other places through our web pages, so as to promote Mazu belief culture. It is hoped that the process and related information of this research activity can be widely disseminated through the Internet, allowing the outside world to understand Taiwan's unique Matsu belief culture, and also hope that it will be helpful to the development of local tourism.

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

Thanks to teachers, parents, and Mazu Temple volunteers for their full support: during the research and interview process, the principal, director, teachers, and parents enthusiastically and selflessly accompanied and helped guide the children in interviewing, taking photos, writing reports, and solving traffic problems, and were available at any time Help and encouragement are our biggest boost.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Discoveries: It turns out that Mazu Temple is not only a community belief center, but Mazu circumnavigation is also an important national event and a major international feature.

lessons: Before exploring the scenic spots, you must be prepared in advance and search for more information, otherwise you will be at a loss on the day. When exploring, remember to record and take photos, and take good notes, otherwise you will not be able to think of anything when writing the record.

Surprises: It was only after participating in a special study that I realized that Mazu Temple is a very important and distinctive place in the community. It has a profound impact on people's livelihood and economy, and has inspired people to pay more attention to religious culture. I hope everyone can learn from Mazu's spirit of fraternity and benefit the country and society.


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