1. Description of Our Community
The Taipei Zoo is a national famous place. Since the field trip from kindergarten to the family trip, it is like a backyard for everyone in Taipei. Even the tourists from northern part of Taiwan or foreign countries, The Zoo is an important sight for sight seeing. And over three thousand wild animals in the zoo attract more than three million tourists every year. Being part of this homeland, we are very full of ourselves. For the Zoo, it is not an easy job to fulfill the needs not only for the protection and education of wild animal, but also for the recreation of the tourists. But for the past two years, except advocate the adoption of animals to increase the value and function of the zoo, the zoo also foresee the problem of environmental protection besides animal protection. This is can not be done only by the government, also has to be carried out by community and local organization. Thus, in the Zoo, we can find out rain water mini reservoir, energy saving house, and the poop story, etc. There are so many concrete solutions and results for reduce energy and environmental protection in our community. Maybe there are a lot of organizations and enterprises put into action of environmental protection and energy saving around the world. However, there is a big difference between the zoo and the industrial actions. Not only saving energy, they have to face the tens of thousands ‘life’ in the Zoo. That is why in the environmental protection system of the zoo, there exist the relationship between life mingle and adjustment, which is the object of our project. The most important is that as a part of this community, we will tell the whole world that being a part of the village of the earth, ‘our homeland’ does not miss to participate the issue of environmental protection. website:
2. Summary of Our Project
The objective of our project is to reveal the Zoo not easily seen by the public and at the same time to appreciate their effort on environmental protection and energy saving. Field surveys and interviews, along with the reports obtained from the Taipei Zoo, are the major materials for us to build the contents for this web site. The main content of this project are: Fall here, rain!; The different water cycle; The energy-saving house; From poop to gold~organic fertilizer; Volunteer; .Being green~environmental education=Education of 3 Rs; Attainments, and Our wishes for the earth
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:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The school fully equipped computer, except two computer study room and on multimedia room, every classroom has its own workstations with Internet access. website:
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
It is difficult to say we have any problem during our research. Visit the zoo is always a happy thing to do. But this time our visiting is not for the animals, but is for the environmental protection system. But we were much surprised the system is not a huge inhuman machine, instead it is a green miracle. And because of this miracle, it is hard for us to find. Because the zoo is in our community, so it is not difficult to arrange the schedule to visit the zoo. The interview can be arranged at the same time with different topics. The zoo also arranged every interviewee for every subject. Since we had well prepared, so even divided into separate group while doing the interview, we still could get the full picture during the afterward discussion.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Taipei zoo is a better place for these animals, since its management office has been very concerned with the preservation of natural habitats of these animals. In addition, Taipei zoo tries very hard to preserve nature resources and energy, i.e. , to build their own solar energy system, to best use processed water, to use reservoirs to collect rainwater, to plant grass on the roof, etc. A place that carries out environment protection effectively is a better playground for animals. Rhino will be happier if there is more mud; ???? will be more energetic if there is enough water for them to play; and Taipei Zoo will be a cool place for everyone. A sound system of environmental protection could lead us to a stage in which humans and animals can get a lot of fun. We appreciate greatly the warm welcome and the cooperation of the fellow workers in Taipei Zoo. Their effort on environmental protection and energy saving is tremendously important. We hope that those who have browse our web site can make similar effort of environmental protection. A greening earth can be a real if we work together.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Literature: During the process of collecting and organizing materials, to keep every word and phrase is very important. Writing something that everyone can understand and expressing exactly what we thought is a good lesson for every member in this project.
Mathematic: In this project, there is the limitation of capacity of the webpage. However, there are tons of materials we want to put into. How to create the best webpage within limited capacity we have to be very calculating. Compare to the mathematic course, we have to calculating, increasing, and decreasing page by page. It was like solving a difficult mathematics problem!
Social Science: Field trip, interviewing and reporting is the best coursework of social science. Natural Science and Science Technology: In this project there are environmental protection and energy saving, which including: turn heat to electricity, water recycling, how to turn the poop to fertilizer, and environmental pond, etc. Everything combined nature and science technology, we were amazed there are knowledge in every part of our daily life. Health and Physic:During the interview of energy saving house, everyone tried on the manual bicycle to produce electricity. We realized the importance of physical education. If we do not have stronger body, we can hardly step the paddle to produce electricity, do not mention to let the little bulb turning on for long.
Art and humanity: If you say there is no artistic atmosphere in the zoo, you probably should visit the restroom in there. Because every unit decorated with ‘poop story’. Gross? Then you are totally wrong. Those ‘character’ are so cute and so artistic! Besides, there are greenery landscapes for the purpose to conceal the equipment for environmental protection. There is art every where!
Other: The power of teamwork is the most significant lesson from this project. We appreciate our teacher’s leadership which tied us together.