1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
1. Computer hardware: (1)Laptops and desk-top computer:Looking up information and making web pages.(2)USB flash drives:Storing files, graphs, and photos.(3)Printer:Printing related downloaded information.(4)Telephones and cell phones: Contacting instructors and team mates.(5)Digital cameras:Keeping track of the process of conducting the project; interviewing people and places we have been to. 2. Software: (1)Microsoft Word:Recording content for the web pages.(2)Microsoft Internet Explorer: Looking up information online.(3)Notepads:Recording important notes.(4)Microsoft FrontPage:Making web pages.(5)Flash CS3:Making web pages.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
To carry out our project, we made field trips to organic farms, vegetarian groups, and vegetarian restaurants. By interacting with these groups, we truly learned a great deal. For example, we learn how plant-based diets can benefit not only the planet but our health. In addition, we get to know related information on plants and several ways to make vegetarian dishes. Most of all, we cherish the teamwork gained from conducting the project with one another. In conclusion, it is a rewarding learning experience for us.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
To begin with, doing the project helps us know essential truth about the earth and what we can do to make the planet a better place. Vegan diets can heal the planet earth and are beneficial for our health. And it is believed that eating more organic food can increase the quality of life. Although we are just high school students, it is not feasible for us to promote vegan diets like the vegetarian groups we have encountered. Yet, we can start going for vegan diets ourselves and try to share the benefits of vegan diets with others.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We would like to thank Mr. Qing-li Lin, the owner of “Wild Strawberries and Fruits: Organic Farm,” for his assistance in giving interviews and helping us learn the skills of planting and details relevant to organic farming. Thanks are also due to Ms. Xin-ying Lin, the volunteer at “Vegan New Life,” Ms. Xiao-huan Su, the founder of “Meat Free Monday,” Mr. Guo-guang Yu, the director of health management at Taiwan Adventist Hospital, for their assistance in providing resources for our project. Special thanks should be given to the following as well: Mr. You-ren Chen, the owner of “Su Vegan Cuisine,” Mr. Fang-liang Guo, the owner of “Lian Xiang Zhai Vegan Restaurant,” Mr. Yin-long Hon, the owner of “Fa Hua Yuan Vegan Restaurant,” and Ms. Da-chun Yin, the owner of “King Join Restaurant.” They helped us know how to make vegan dishes and the benefits of having plant-based diets.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Before working on the Cyberfair project, all of us have meat-based diet. After conducting this project, we all changed our way of thinking. And it is surprising to learn that so many people have been so devoted to promoting vegetarian diet. Some hospitals even provide plant-based dishes. To our greatest surprise, livestock-rearing generates more greenhouse gases than transportation and industries.