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Date Project was Finished
2014 /03/ 10
Taipei Municipal Jiantan Elementary School
Shihlin District, Taipei, Taiwan
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Project Overview

The category of competition we participate is

Local Leadership
Description of "Our Community"

Our school is located in Shihlin District of Taipei City. There is an important location near our school that has long been forgotten but is hidden with abundant vitality as well as the key witness to changes of Taipei, Sanjiaodu. It is located by Keelung Riverside and around Hougangqian of Chengde Bridge. It was named after the only Sanjiaodu Ferry on Keelung River at the time, serving ferries to Huludu, Jiantan and Dalongtung. Even today, you can still see the sampan berthing by the short and people who are trying to fish with red worms.

Summary of Our Project

Simply put, dragon boat refers to the boat shaped like dragon but it is an indispensable part of our traditional festival customs. Apart from the dragon boat competition during the Dragon Boat Festival, the making of the dragon boat itself is a craft that has been passed down for over one hundred years. There are few people who can make dragon boats and we are fortunate enough to make an interview with the national-treasure of dragon boat, Master Liu, Qing-Zheng, in Sanjiaodu near our school. Known as Master Liu, the boat making process has been passed on by five generations of Master Liu’s family and he is skilled as making sampan, fishing boat or dragon boat. Our intention is to get to know and experience the production of dragon boats through him and to learn the philosophy of perseverance through his optimism and open-mind.

Our Computer/Internet Access

There is a computer room in our school that offers comprehensive equipment and internet connection, so that the students can catch up with advanced technology. There is a variety of free software that offered for students’ computer instruction. For this CyberFair, students can have access to free software even at home. The free collaborative platform provided by Google and the use of cloud hardware allow the CyberFair team to complete the research process without barriers either at school or at home, so that everyone can modify and discuss over the platform in addition to sharing information on cloud hardware. We all feel that the internet offers great convenience for this project.

Problems We Had to Overcome

Technical Breakthrough:
There are fifth and sixth graders in our team. We were not familiar with the computer operations or have studied some of the software. At first, we needed to complete the research process while familiarizing and using the new software. We all strengthened our skills in the software technology at home and in school. We also learned from our mistakes while asking the teachers some questions. Eventually, we have improved our computer skills substantially.


Cooperation of schedule:
At the beginning of when we formed the team, the teachers explicitly asked us to cooperate in schedule and we needed to give notice in advance. However, most of our team members have several works while participating in other clubs or school teams, so we could only meet during lunch break and Wednesday afternoons. We all tried to set aside other issues because Master Liu does not make dragon boat every day. Whenever the teacher got in contact with Master Liu and found out the time he was making the dragon boat, we all took the opportunity and met to carry the interview and observe the making of dragon boat.


Interview skills:
We are all participating in the CyberFair for the first time. We hesitated when we heard about the interview because we were unfamiliar with interview, not to mention our timidity in carrying it out. During the first interview, we were very passive would only talk when the teacher asked us to make questions. Moreover, Master Liu speaks in Taiwanese most of the time so we needed the teacher to translate for us. Nonetheless, after a few times, and under the instruction of the teacher and practice, we became braver in our interview and we could even speak with Master Liu in broken Taiwanese. We just had to make the first step and everything would have turned our alright.


Data Collection:
After we determined the topic, we contacted with Master Liu immediately and asked him for his scheduling in dragon boat making. It was a pity that now is not the time to make dragon boat and he will only start working after April. Right now, he only repairs dragon boats and prepare some work. Hence, data collection becomes an issue for us. Other than the information online, we also contacted with Shilin Civil Hall & Dongshan river and they were enthusiastic and willing to provide information and assist us with filming the dragon boat. Moreover, the son of Master Lius and Executive Director Chen, Bao-Yu offers some documentary information for us to search for relevant data.

Our Project Sound Bite

“What is CyberFair? Do we just search for data online?” This was the first impression for CyberFair. We were all excited at the beginning and wanted to demonstrate our capability after being enrolled into the CyberFair team with many efforts. However, under the introduction of teachers and work introduction, our naivety was gradually diminished by the unknown fear but replaced by a sense of responsibility and mission. We grew increasing interests in dragon boats as we acquaint with more profound research and perceive that this is one traditional craft that should not disappear. Each line, marking and angle of dragon boat comes with rich context and any negligence could destroy dragon boat. At the same time, we found out about the origin of our community, Sanjiaodu through the rich historical knowledge of Master Liu. Consequently we are able to speak on and on about our topic in class or at home, which also draws great interests for dragon boat from our classmates and family members.

In addition to growing knowledge in dragon boat, this CyberFair even has also improved our computer skills substantially. For example, we have learned things that could not have been acquired from class, such as using the collaborative platform of Google or cloud hardware for data storage, PhotoCap or PhotoImpact for photo processing, drawing statistic charts using Excel, or drawing images and animations for the website using My Paint and FLASH. We all agree that “participating at the CyberFair has helped me learn a lot and all efforts were worth it.”

Project Elements
How did your activities and research for this International Schools CyberFair project support content standards, required coursework and curriculum requirements?

We have learned a complete research process from this research on CyberFair. We thoroughly integrated and applied what we have learned in class, from discussion in search of topic, drafting research plan and progress, conducting in-depth interview, to presenting the entire outcome. We also applied and fully combined learning capabilities from other classes throughout the process.

Integration with Language Learning Course:
Although writing skills are quite important elements in research project based activities, the ability to organize and summarize the key content from the data collected of the interview content is the biggest breakthrough for us this time because we need to capture the key content from words and phrases using the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to integrate all together. We might not have done a good job at the beginning but have improved our language proficiency following the progress of the project.

Integration with Mathematics Learning Course:
We use Excel to draw statistics charts and analyze from the questionnaire survey, understanding the acquaintance of schools teachers and students on knowledge related to dragon boat in addition to applying statistics and percentage learned from math.

Integration with Social Studies Course:
We gained in-depth knowledge on our own community, Sanjiaodu, through this project research and only then did we find out about such national-treasure personnel from our own community. We highly admire their efforts in traditional crafts and dedication to legacy. We have analyzed in-depth and understood our home, increasing our love for the land we live on.

Integration with Arts and Humanity Courses:
In the process of website making, we applied the drawing aesthetics learned from class to draw our body portraits using mouse and website titling. We also edited, modified and combined templates with our own photos to systematically present our own exceptional organization of the website.

Integration with Computer Courses:
We used to be inactive in computer class and just learned whatever the teacher taught. We also surf the interview and searched for games to play. However, we became a designer from website user and have learned a lot of software. We even needed to review the software used before or used in-depth applications. The process has improved our information capacity and we perceived a strong sense of achievement by watching the formation of websites day by day.
What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your Cyberfair project?

Equipment Name



Computer Hardware

Desktop PC

Searching for information online, making websites and information integration


Searching for information online, making websites and information integration

Digital camera

Recording process image


Filming the interview or dragon boar making process

Recording pen

Recording the interview process


Printing questionnaire and cards


Listening to the interview content for verbatim transcript

T1 internet line

Internet communication (provided by school)

Computer Software

Photocap (freeware) 
My paint (freeware) 

Image production and touching up (including photos)

Openoffice (freeware )

Summary writing


Questionnaire statistics and analysis


 For making animation that can presents the rigorous part of the website. Used as website touching-up and processing.

Dreamwear, FrontPage

Used for content editing and website making

Google collaborative platform (freeware)

Used for storing information summary produced and for collaborative editing. Getting good control on the teammate production progress via the platform at home.

Google cloud hardware

For data storage and upload/download via the interview, data sharing and completing work progress

File transfer program (CuteFTP)

Uploading our work to the internet

Windows Server

Website server

General Equipment

Phones and Mobile phones

Call to make appointment time with the respondents.

Handheld board

Used as supports for recording conversation and questionnaire writing


Photos for interview filming and relevant information



In what ways did your students act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your Cyberfair project both on-line and in person.

The students participating in this project research represent the ambassador of their own local communities and bear the mission to introduce to audience worldwide of their local hometown features. Please explain how your team plays the role of “Ambassador” through online, personal or team contact?

Dragon boat has always been an important part of our folk activities and everyone knows about dragon boat one way or the other. However, we could not get any in-depth information such as the origin of dragon boat and the process of dragon-boat making. We admit that we did not even know about the process, which then led us to acquaint and propagate such knowledge. Fortunately, there is this Master Liu, Qing-Zheng who knows about dragon boat very well in Sanjiaodu, near our school. At first, we contacted Master Liu through the Sanjiaodu Dragon Boart Association and we interviewed him whenever he appeared at the workshop. We constantly contacted with Master Liu and he would just tell us everything. He would also notify us whenever we needed his help. We have not acquainted with dragon boat but been affected by the legacy responsibility and enthusiastic and optimistic attitudes towards life. The assistance from personnel related to the Dragon Boat Association also enriched our website content and authentically expressed the views of Master Liu.

What has been or will be the impact of your project on your community?

Master Liu once said: “Do everything with full dedication and concentration.” Although he produced dragon boats to support his family during the early days, he is now making it to preserve this traditional craft. He gives full dedication when he is making the dragon boats with the intention for legacy and practical use. This is quite shocking for us because we were doing the project as requested and we have been greatly influenced by him. We then have different views and would like to pass on this belief of Master Liu. The websites gathering our words and phrases are meant to bring out the recognition of people on the legacy of dragon boat.

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

The majority of website text is interviewed, summarized, filmed and organized by the “Descendent of Dragon” team from Taipei Municipal Jiantan Elementary School,. We have informed the respondent of the interview content with consent for use on the project website. We have acquired some literature related to dragon boat through relevant units with agreement and assistance. Some information has been searched from online articles or publications that have been re-edited by our team members. Our team took the photos in personal and all citations were applied for permission from original units with marking on the website in respect for intellectual property right.

We also used a variety of freeware for writing and editing the photos. We have used software with correct attitude and reduced the inconvenience with software purchase.

Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises

We could also obtain interesting discovery every time we visited Master Liu. Our first discovery that that sitting at the head of dragon boat was highly difficult. We observed Master Liu neatly climbed up to the head of the dragon boat and posed for flag-grabbing position. We were screaming and climbed up the dragon head with difficulty, and then we could not get down. As young people, we became accustomed after trying for several times. During the second visit, we found out drawing the dragon boat lines was an art and Master Liu even let us paint the dragon boat. However, we could not quite get the know-how and even drew the lines outside the frame. We then discovered that the turning angle of the hand was the key to line drawing. Nonetheless, only few people could draw it well. On the third visit, we discovered the strength used for the tools. We could not complete the saw dust in one step when we practiced the planar tool. After taking turns in several people, we gradually developed the 1/4 of the skills of Master Liu. We could always discover the different techniques to over hundred tools available.

The most difficult part for this interview was to communicate with Master Liu in Taiwanese because many of us do not speak Taiwanese language and needed help from the teachers for translation. There were some questions which we could not get in-depth answers. To overcome this difficulty, we repeated listening to the content of the recording pen, asking our parents or the teachers for anything we could not get. Perhaps we then got used to the accent of Master Liu or we gained familiarity with him, strangely enough, we gradually understand the content of Master Liu’s speaking and eventually our academic performance for mother tongue at the final examinations also improved substantially.

We have learned to respect for comments brought up by others, express our own views, understand the importance of teamwork, take responsibility to complete our own tasks, and break through personal difficulties, through this project research. Most importantly, such sense of mission and attitudes in cultural legacy becomes one surprising memory for all of us.

The Contribution of team




Participating Personnel

Work Projects


  • Students

Conducting interview with targets or relevant personnel
Recording of interview content
Editing written documents
Drafting interview outline
Writing progress report
Collecting data
Organizing and categorizing photos
Organizing and analyzing questionnaire data


  • Master Liu

Dragon boat product teaching
Dragon boat production techniques sharing
Story sharing
Providing dragon boat information for filming


  • Advisor

Coordinating work team meeting
Project research data conclusion and analysis
Project website advice and review
Drafting project name and plan
Computer skills instruction and counseling
Interview techniques instruction
Paper writing guidance


  • Director Wang, Ding-Ying

  • Executive Secretary Chen, Bao-Yu
  • Mr. Li, Jing-Kun

Providing information

Taking interview


  • Shilin District Civil Hall Director Luo, Li-Ling
  • Yilan County Government
    Teacher Zhuang

Providing information

Assistance with filming on dragon boat information


  • School teachers and students
Filling our questionnaire