International Schools CyberFair 99
Project Narrative

Methodist Girls' School Project Narrative

Information About Our Site

  1. Link to our CyberFair 99 Entry
  2. Link to our School Home Page
  3. Date of Project Completion: 25th March 1999
  4. School:Methodist Girls' School

  5. District: Bukit Timah
    City: Singapore
  6. Teachers or Classes:

  7. Teacher: Mrs HL Tan; Team Leader: Victoria Ho (4A3); Team Members: Leanne Sim (4C2) and Cheah Sue Mei (3A3)
  8. How many students worked on this project? 3
  9. Their ages were: 15 - 16 yrs old
  10. Project Contact Email:

Project Overview

  1. We entered our Web site in CyberFair Category:

  2. Category 4: Local Specialties
  3. Description of "Our Community"

  4. Singapore has been in the business of trading and production of Ornamental Fish for more than half a decade. The global appeal of ornamental fish lies in their aesthetic quality and the oriental beliefs that they are auspicious. Their beauty appeals  not only to home owners but also business operators; their graceful  swimming movements impart a therapeutic effect to the viewer, and constitutes "living art" to grace entrances, concourses and even outdoor ponds. Indoor aquariums also lend visual splendour to the interior. With buyers from Japan, USA and Europe, Singapore's export, in terms of value, constitutes over 30% of global market. The island republic is also a major importer of ornamental fish, being  ranked 7th in position in terms of value of the trade
  5. Summary of Our Project

  6. We aim to explore the Tropical Fish Industry in Singapore and give a good report of it in relation to its importance economically and socially. This will give a greater understanding to an aspect of local culture and its educational value. The page will cover the types of fish we trade and breed, going into methods of caring for the fish and some tips on cultivating them. Singapore produces specialised food for the fish, and a report will be given on it. It will cover market demands being dependent on trends and the industry's response to it.
  7. Our Internet Access

  8. We have an ISDN connection at school, but we are also connected to the Internet at home at 33.6 - 56k.
  9. Problems We Had To Overcome

  10. We had problems meeting, but we worked out our schedules and managed to meet up about once a week regularly after a while. There was a problem with sourcing for information, but we visited farms and read widely, so the information we needed was found in the end.
  11. Our Project Sound Bite

  12. It has broadened our knowledge and our fellow students' of the fish industry in Singapore, something many are unaware of.

Project Elements

1) How did your activities and research for this International School CyberFairproject support your required coursework and curriculum requirements?
We have explored an understated aspect of our Singaporean culture and realised the importance of its valuable contribution to our lives. Since fish play a big role aesthetically and in more superstitious Chinese beliefs, we now understand the often-ignored but ever-present fish pond or tank in landscape designs and indoor buildings.

With regards to learning, we learnt some graphic and webdesigning tips. We also realise the importance of collaboration and team effort, because we started out doing our own sections, and then later found that it didn't work together. With help from other schools, we got tips and ideas, while they helped us check the pages for errors.

The Internet has been more effective for teaching and learning, because it provides a wealth of information for us. Since we didn't want to get much information from it about fish, we used it for help with technical aspects. Nonetheless, it provided easy communication with overseas fish enthusiasts, something we wouldn't have had access to without it.

2) What information tools and technologies did you use to complete your CyberFairproject?

We used:

These tools helped ease communication, while the oral interviews gave us a first-hand view of the industry and provided information we wouldn't have gotten otherwise. The most valuable tools were the scanners and Internet, because the former helped in digitizing the original pictures for the site, while the latter provided a wealth of information about page designing and layout.

3) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for yourCyberFair project both on-line and in person?

In our oral presentations, we represented the project and scoured for information under that. We also e-mailed several people who had sites on the Internet about our topic asking for information and promoting our site.

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

Since our page has not be publicised or viewed widely yet, this question cannot be fully answered. Nonetheless, several teachers and parents have viewed the page, and have given good comments about it. We hope the page will broaden awareness of Singapore's prospering tropical fish industry and its relation to our local beliefs and culture. Our fish encyclopaedia will provide a resource for people like hobbyists to find out more about their fish or help.

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

We asked for help from several people involved with or own fish farms for authorization on taking pictures and used our oral interviews with them for information in our pages. We also kept in touch via e-mail with some fish enthusiasts overseas and asked them for help, whether it be for pictures, information or tips for webpage design.

6) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises

Right at the beginning, we didn't even know about Singapore's big role in the contribution to the tropical fish industry internationally. The more we researched, the more we learnt about the fish at first, then about ourselves because of the beliefs attached to fish. Doing the section on its social relevance was a real eye-opener, because we found out a lot of things forgotten in this generation.