1. Description of Our Community
The issue of environmental protection was considered more and more serious by the public, especially when the popular singer, Ching-tung Chaw, was shooting MV by burning the piano in Gaomei Wetlands in 2008. Three years later, we wonder if the Gaomei Wetlands still remains its precious status and serve as an ideal wildlife refuge in the present time. We also doubt, in the meantime if the Gaomei Wetlands is suffering some kind of ecology problem. Thus, we intend to visit this diversified wetland, figuring out the situations of protection, comparing with the present and the past of Gaomei Wetlands, enumerating the regulations of this lands, and finally appeal to the people to care about and cherish this land.
2. Summary of Our Project
Gaomei Wetlands located at Cingshuei Area in Taichung, grew out of the Gaomei lido during the period of Japanese Occupation. The area of Gaomei Wetlands covers more than 300 hectares. With the development of Taichung harbor and the deposition of the silt, the Gaomei lido was forced to shut down because of fewer and fewer tourists. However, the Gaomei lido, abundant in rich ecological resources and a variety of migratory birds for many years, gains the people’s attention again and is called the Gaomei Wetlands today.
Being argillaceous and sandy and connecting with the swamp of the river, the Gaomei Wetlands generated a rich wetland ecology and is filled with tidal creek, grassy marsh, sand, dirt, and other habitats which are known for Taiwan's largest communities of Yun-lin bolboschoenus planiculmis. Because the diversity of its terrain and biology, the Gaomei Wetlands becomes the habitat of various benthic lives, fish, shellfish, birds and waterfowl.
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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1. Because everyone is busy at schoolwork and student clubs, the time that we can get together to discuss our website is too short. In spite of this, we still use break time and computer class to discuss and efficient allocate working responsibility. 2. Since it is the first time for us to design a website, how to handle the software is really difficult to us. Thanks to our teacher’s patient teaching so that we can hit the target smoothly. 3.Gaomei Wetlands is not only really far away from our school but the way to get there is not very convenient. Therefore, we prepared the information that we need, wrote down the notices in advance and took a lot of photos there. Doing these, we hope that we can get most of the information that we need in the most efficient way.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
After the site visit to Gaomei Wetlands, we truly felt Gaomei Wetlands ’s fascination and had the more understanding to it. Due to these, we’d like to research the project more eagerly. During the research we also learned that how important helping each other and differentiation is. Everyone got and finished the job by our specialties. When facing the difficulty, we helped each other so that the research can complete smoothly.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The very project, combined with the geography and biography course in the school, helps students get aware of the critical issue concerning environmental protection, Moreover, students can get acquainted with the ecosystem of their land, consequently nourishing the wish of preserving native plants and animals. On top of it, they can arouse locals’ concern about their environment by virtue of the project.