1. Description of Our Community
Red on Tree is a firm that was co-founded by Che-hao Lin and his school mates from National Taiwan University in Taipei. Taipei is a city surrounded by mountains, and hence provides opportunities for the citizens to connect with Nature. Mr. Lin, grown up in Taipei City, has enjoyed ample educational resources and been offered access to Nature, which scatters seeds in his heart that he will one day make money and do good to society by starting his own business.
Taiwan has been renowned for its fruit production as “Fruit Kingdom”. However, Taiwanes farmers plant good quality fruit but earn very little profit. The problem with fresh fruit is that it can only be cosumed during a specific season. Red on Tree has made efforts to preserve the flavor of fresh fruits while expand the preserving time of fruit products. It also hopes every Taiwanese county has its own renowned fruit product which someday could be enjoyed worldwide.
2. Summary of Our Project
Red on Tree is a small firm that has been founded for a couple of years. By making processed products with sole use of fruit and farm produce grown in Taiwan, it makes continual efforts to present such Taiwan’s flavors to the people in Taiwan and even wants to promote these processed fruits around the world. They have provided a wide variety of products, including jams, gummies, ice cream and coffee, all of which are made from toxin-free farming without any additives. This new brand emphasizes in-season products, with a priority on food safety and good quality. Its brand promotion and product development very well presents the vitality and creativity of Taiwan, and demonstrates the love and concern that young generation bears for the land.
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:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Every computer in the I.T. classroom has access to Optical fiber network, which connects to Taipei City Educational Portal Site. We make good use of it during after-lunch breaks or after-school time to discuss, check information and print. The Web environment of the team members’ households : ADSL or Wifi Wireless Service
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We have made interviews with many government officials, college professors, business owners, school lunch committee members and farmers. We had made thorough preparations before every interview, meanwhile a lot of bad news about food-safety broke out within months, and we had to modify our questions for the upcoming interview over and over again. With our teachers’ guidance, we gradually got confidence facing this challenge.
The preparation for the charity bazaar has been a lengthy process, which includes discussing about the items for sale, making contact with farmers, booth decoration and promotion, and deciding on what units that we would donate the money. The most difficult part lies in our sale items. We really want to earn more money to help the farmers, yet the preservation period of fruit lasts shorter than what we imagined, not to mention transportation and stock problems. Thanks to the great help from local farmers and our parents, we have finally managed to make a success of the charity bazaar.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Mr. Lin have set a good example in his effort to pursue his dream --building the highest standard for Taiwan’s food industry and promoting Taiwan fruit is his ultimate goal. We believe Red on Tree can make unique flavor of Taiwan and can represent the spirits of Taiwan.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
We have learned updated knowledge about organic or toxin-free farming during our research, and been informed of the harmful consequences of chemical additives. From the interviews, we got acquainted with much more knowledge. In the regard of natural science, we interviewed professors and experts in the areas of food processing and food inspection, thus acquiring knowledge about food safety and genetically modified food, knowing the benefits of organic vegetables and fruit, and improving our own thinking ability and language skills as well. In the respect of Mathematics, we drew a chart of statistics, which explicitly show us the polled citizens’ opinions and acceptance. In the respect of IT, we employed Excel analysis and made charts. In the area of Integrated Education, we have developed integrational ability in designing questionnaires with our ideas and data at hand. We hope people might get acquainted with the knowledge we have learned in the process. Webpage design is not only about IT capability, it has a lot to do with our curriculum as well.