1. Description of Our Community
Biological control is the method used by organic agricultural to prevent destructive insects and weeds. In order to meet customers’ higher demand of agricultural products, Miao-Li District Agricultural Improvement Station actively developed and popularized the destructive insects biological control technology which can take place or partly take place of the pesticides. In order to reinforce the development and application of biological control technology, Natural Enemy Breeding Station was established with the support of Committee of Agriculture and Bureau of Agriculture in 1993 and breed the natural enemies of destructive insects in large amount for demonstration. Besides Miao-Li District Agricultural Improvement Station, Tai Chung Agricultural Research Institute Department of Applied Animal and National Chung Hsing University Department of Entomology are also the famous ones for research of natural enemies of destructive insects of crops. They provide various kinds of enemies for farmers to breed and try their best to put consideration on both interest of production and environment and pursue sustainable development.
2. Summary of Our Project
In order to survive, human beings must think a lot continuously. To solve the problem of food shortage, besides cultivate lands, we have to overcome the plague of vermin. We watch the drama of struggling with natural world again and again. Can human always win? Probably when human beings are seeking prosperous at the cost of destroying the environment, the plot of the film “The Day after Tomorrow” is incubating in our world. Is pesticide the only way for killing destructive insects? In order to find out more about crop treatment, we made special visit to Miao-Li District Agricultural Improvement Station Dahu Natural Enemy Breeding Station, Tai Chung Agricultural Research Institute, National Chung Hsing University Department of Entomology and several organic farms. We made field research and studied how to use the natural enemies in biological control.
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:1
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
In our school, there are 2 computer rooms each with 40 sets of personal computers. We can access the Internet through the TANET, by Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) with 1536K uploading speed and 384K downloading speed. Our members use computers to access networks by either 56 dial-up modem link through various network providers or wide band services (ADSL) at home.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
4 Problems We had to Overcome 1.It is difficult to get materials. Since the government can provide limited subvention, we can only receive it from research organizations. The number of materials is limited, so it is impossible to achieve mass production. 2.It is limited by the distance. We must go to Tai Chung, Wu Feng and Da Hu to carry on each research. They were far journeys and we have to consider the problem of safety. 3.Farmers have little environmental consciousness. The materials are very expensive and the farmers don’t want to use them. So Professor Shi and Doctor Wong must make lots of promotion and explanation. These are all the difficulties during research. 4.Discussion period Since we pay much attention to students’ study and growing, the direction of research topic, the questions for visiting, the style of the website are all discussed by all the team members for a long time and revised one time after another. Though the original schedule may be delayed, the students obtained much during the process of discussion.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Most parents and teachers have a stereotyped view about learning, that is, learning can be only confined in the traditional classroom. This time, we stepped out of our classroom and made some variations in the way of learning for students. Meanwhile, we were also inspired by the change and progress the children have made in these few months. We surely learn things from each other. We hope the birth of this project would help more and more people find the beauty of our hometown.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Traditionally, education can only take place at schools. While this time, the resources of our community and parental supporting have played an important role on the research. We believe that diversified curriculums and more real time experience would motivate and stimulate students’ will of learning. The mission of education is to enhance students’ ability to think, to ask questions and to solve problems by themselves. Acquiring basic knowledge of computer is one of the benefits we’ve got throughout the research. The trend of using computers has gone international. It’s urgent for everyone to learn how to combine the skills and knowledge of using this modern technology in our daily lives. In addition to increasing our knowledge in science, we have learned skills like how to organize a team to work on a project, communicate with people and also the importance of cooperation. Learning is not just an individual activity for acquiring and storing knowledge. It’s beneficial to share what we have learned through interaction. Besides, it’s essential for teachers to provide students with an environment of abundant living materials. The result of our research would be used as a supplemental material for science and local social studies subjects.