CyberFair Project ID: 8759

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: 'Sea' Beyond the Sea
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Kang Chiao International School
    New Taipei City, Taiwan, Taiwan

9 students, ages 15~17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 28, 2024. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2013~2023

Classes and Teachers: Hsiao Shih-Hsuan, Peng Ying-Tsong

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taiwan is a beautiful island, small but filled with diverse cultures and natural landscapes. Taiwan is located on the northwest edge of the Pacific Ocean in Eastern Asia, with a dense population around 23.5 million people, similar to many other Asian countries. Taiwan advances in various aspects, such as economy, technology, and transportation. Taiwan's location is surrounded by the sea, which is vital to much of its culture and business. The local maritime industries, such as international trade and marine fisheries are all essential components to the country’s economic development. However, like most countries worldwide, Taiwan also faces problems with waste disposal and recycling. According to statistics from the Ocean Conservation Administration, Taiwan’s waters cleaned 41 tons of seabed waste in 2020, with 88% of fishing nets or fishing gear. The marine waste left behind by the fishing industry has caused significant burdens on the marine environment. Therefore, we aim to investigate the secret of environment conservation glasses and how these waste fishing nets are recycled and made to regain their commercial value.

2. Summary of Our Project

With the advancement of technology, environmental pollution is becoming increasingly severe. Environmental pollution problems can lead to destruction of marine life, climate change, species extinction, etc. To avoid those problems we must take immediate action. In this research project, we focus on environmentally friendly eyewear made from the Taiwan Ocean’s discarded fishing nets. The environmentally friendly eyewear connects to the central concepts of “Circular Economy” and “Environment Protection.” In addition, worldwide businesses are gradually raising awareness regarding environmental conservation and transitioning to environmentally friendly products. In this research project, we explore how Taiwan implements environmental conservation principles and contribute to a company that supports marine ecology. Furthermore, our data analysis is about Taiwanese usage and perceptions of environmentally friendly products. Through this website, we hope to promote the causes, effects, and solutions of marine pollution.

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:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The biggest challenge that we encountered during the research process was determining the company to work with. Initially, we contacted a company and ensured a successful interview. However, when we conducted the on-site interview, they did not provide us with enough information and answered our questions with the information that is already available on their official website. Therefore, after careful consideration, we decided to change the interview company at the end of 2023. Eventually, we contacted Hibang, who provided us with much detailed information about circular economy. Although this meant almost starting over with all our website, disregarding the previous research efforts, we managed to complete the project within the deadline. This experience taught us the importance of thoroughly assessing the feasibility of interview companies and to design interview questions to avoid repetitive responses.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

This project discusses and analyzes the causes, effects, and solutions to ocean pollution, taking a small step towards changing the world into a better, safer place

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

??From this research, we employed quantitative and qualitative analysis simultaneously, not only did we gain insight on data collection and interpretation, we delved into a business’ background through an in-depth interview. At first, we spent six weeks collecting society’s understanding of environmental conservation topics via an online survey. Based on the data and responses, we examined the possible factors which impacted common perceptions regarding the topic, relating back to our investigated and researched facts, revealing the limitations of the survey, thus concluding the survey process by supporting our predetermined societal trends. In addition, we personally interviewed a local business promoting environmental conservation and sustainable economies. With our collected data and researched information, we presented evidence to support the company’s beliefs, highlighting the significance of fact checking and data organization during an investigation. Above all, this research process offered us an opportunity to further our understanding of circular economy and its applications in the current market. ?

Project Elements

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

?With the advancements of the Internet, creating a website has become an easy task. This research is able to be done solely by network and computer. In our group, all members have access to the network, which enables us to smoothly conduct our research. Our school provided us with internet access in most areas to give students a better learning environment. Such environment allows us to finish our research more efficiently. The school provides three separate wifi resources for students, teachers, and guests to connect. In this project, we used laptops, cameras, and iMovie, which are all crucial tools for completing our project. We used computers to create websites; cameras to record interviews; and iMovie to edit video and add subtitles. All members in our group have their own device such as laptop, computer and tablets. This project was completed without any difficulties that are related to internet access or equipment.

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

?Whilst completing our project, in addition to our deepened understanding on environmental conservation, we expanded the public awareness regarding the topic as we discussed the issue with professionals in the field highlighting its significance. The video of our interview is uploaded onto Youtube, enabling public access to professional sustainable environment topics. Moreover, this opportunity provided us with a chance to engage with our fellow classmates, actively discussing the pros and cons of circular economy, analyzing its feasibility, raising the overall awareness on environmental conservation and future possibilities of circular economy.

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

After this project, we each increased our awareness and understanding of environmental protection and the circular economy, implementing our knowledge into our website for a wider range of people to access. Throughout our investigation, we interviewed local businesses promoting environmental conservation, along with our survey analyzing Taiwanese people’s understanding regarding the topic, organizing our findings on our website for browsing. Our final website provides the audience information on local sustainable businesses and the growing market of circular economy, increasing awareness and promoting protective measures. To the public, they acquire knowledge on the issues the Taiwan environment is facing; To the businesses, they gain insight to the developments of the circular economy and its future trends. As more people access our website and knowledge, not only does the overall society increase in environmental conservation awareness, it strengthens the bonds between Taiwanese communities.

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

For this project, we consulted teachers, parents and other adults regarding more complicated economic and environmental issues, guiding us to gaining additional understanding on significant topics. Whilst creating the final website, we looked to teachers for technical support and assistance, successfully completing the project. Most of all, we would like to thank the company Hibãng, who agreed to our interview and provided extensive information to our topic, supporting us and giving resources for this topic.


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