1. Description of Our Community
Huatan Township, located in Changhua County in Taiwan, is a small town near the mountains, covering an area of 34.193 square kilometers . Positioned geographically between a tableland and a plain, Huatan possesses rich groundwater resources, which makes it an ideal place to cultivate various crops in every season. Traditional agricultural products are quite popular and famous, including jasmines, bamboo shoots, pomelos, carambolas, Asian mugworts, reishi, and mangoes. Recently, there has been a special festival in Huatan Township, which is called Jasmine and Bamboo Shoot Festival and held to promote those agricultural products, especially jasmines and bamboo shoots.
2. Summary of Our Project
Huatan represents “parette” in Mandarin and is called the home to jasmines. However, besides the most well-known product above, it is also one of the largest places of origin of bamboo shoots. It is a pity that few people know Baishakeng, a small village in Huatan, provides bamboo shoots of great quality and huge quantity. From March to October every year, there are always fresh and delicious bamboo shoots everywhere, from bamboo groves to markets. Nevertheless, the number of bamboo farmers is declining gradually nowadays. Therefore, in our study, we try to preserve the tridition by interviewing bamboo farmers, getting into bamboo groves to observe the plants and the products there, and doing customer questionnaire survey at Changhua Sanmin Market. We would like to share what we learned, including how the bamboos are grown, what problem might ouccur, and what reproduced products bamboo farmers make.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
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
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Although it is very tiring to participate in Cyberfair project and we have to solve the various problems appearing in the process, we have learned the knowledge which cannot be acquired in the class through our mutual efforts and help, and we have developed our curiosity to explore the stories in the different towns.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?