1. Description of Our Community
Shulin City is located in the Northern Taiwan of R.O.C. It used to be a township. Due to the rapid development of industry and population, it was promoted as a city in 1999. At an early stage once Shulin was famous for producing 'Hung Lu wine'(red wine) in the island, and even overseas. And as the ' Hung Lu wine' major fermentation bacteria: the 'red rice', has gradually developed from behind-the-scenes hero to a shining star among health foods today. It is also applied to a variety of related products.
2. Summary of Our Project
Through this project we want to learn the application history of Monascus(red rice) in our hometown, Shulin. We share the knowledge of 'red rice' and the variety of applications and hope people around the island or even around the world get to know about Monascus(red rice) culture. In addition we would like to explore how people in the city or other cities feel about Monascus.
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:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
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):
At school, we made the use of fiber-optic backbone to connect the school computer architecture, and then by the T1 line to connect the Taiwan Academic Network. ADSL broadband was used at home to gain data and upload.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The Limitation of the Time Our team mainly got together at noon each day to study. In addition, we had to prepare for regular examinations so the research was temporarily suspended for some time. Time was so limited. Anyway, we had to fulfill the project. Subsequently, we took a portion of the work home. We also make the best use of holidays and winter vacation to school to study and visit professional Monascus related workers and promoters to gain more information about Monascus. Finally we completed this task successfully.
Team Tacit Agreement Since we came from different classes, so the tacit agreement at the beginning was not that good. In addition, it's the first time we took part in such learning activities, so we didn't get to the point immediately. We spent some time in trial and error. Later on, the teachers constantly and patiently reminded and guided us then we could go step by step into the situation. The tacit agreement between us was getting better and better. Therefore we can achieve the requirements of the teachers.
Interview Skills Interviews took a very important part in our activities. It required lots of preparation. The teacher made appointments with the interviewees, usually Monascus related workers and promoters. We had to prepare an interview outline in advance and to imagine some possible answers. But when we got to the scene, we forgot something. Sometimes, the interviewees expressed in Taiwanese dialect so that some of us couldn't follow. Fortunately, the teacher had taken the video film which helped us a lot for the language problem while we made the report. Again and again in the interviews, the teacher patiently reminded us what we should do and how to do. At last, when we finished the interview with mayor of Shulin City the teacher smiled and told us 'Great! You did it!'
The Integration of Information In the process of the research, we collected data from books, websites and the contents of the interview had been a lot of first-hand information. How to integrate these data and make a clear report was a big challenge. The teachers made use of 'relationship chart' and the '5W' way to help us focus on the point, and to find the connection between questions. We discussed together again and again. We were tired but nobody gave up. This is the first time we can work in a team with the teacher and fulfill a meaningful task.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
While we visit we are treated with some Monascus related products such as the kind aunty prepared Monascus rice cakes for us, the owner of Monascus producing factory prepares Monascus milk for us and the mayor gives everyone of us a gift set of Monascus related foods. However, after the visit the best gift is the encouragement from the people and more confident we become.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
During the research process, we apply different skills and knowledge which we have learned from different fields at school.
When we analyze the history of Monascus, We apply the knowledge from social study field to combine the geographical concept and early history of Taiwan. When we observe and tell various kinds of Monascus we apply the analyzing skills from science field. When we interview and collate information, we apply the communication and writing skills from literary field. When we analyze the questionnaires, we use the percentage and statistical calculation from math field. We apply team discussion skills from integrate field. The skills we learn from computer class have also given us great assistance to deal with our pictures and photos.
With all the knowledge and skills which we have learned from school we can successfully complete the project.