1. Description of Our Community
Taipei is the capital of Taiwan. Citizens in Taipei are very busy. Adults pay all their attention on working. In addition, students study very hard. However, busy life style makes people lose touch with natural environment. Therefore, “Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation” promotes the concept of natural farming in Taipei. The headquarters is located in Yangmingshan National Park, which is the only national park in the capital city. Natural farming teaches people to slow down their working pace and enjoy life. The practice of natural farming is also more environmental friendly. Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation also promotes food education in Taipei. Nowadays, people often neglect the importance of eating healthily. Therefore, it is critical for Earth’s Children to find it back.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our Cyber Fair Web project is about “Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation”. It is a local non-profit organization that promotes natural farming and food education. In this project, Earth’s Children want to promote the teaching of Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation to everyone. In addition, we also want to understand more about food education. Therefore, we worked with Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation and learned to be the weekend farmers. We hope that people can enjoy the beauty of natural farming through our Cyber Fair Web project. Research Topics 1. Preserve the history of Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation Why was Grass Hope Taiwan created? What challenges did the members meet? How did Grass Hope Taiwan develop into a NGO foundation? 2. Understand the core values of natural farming and food education 3. Preserve the history of Hudi community at Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei, Taiwan 4. Practice natural farming and promote natural farming 5. Unite the students in campus and promote food education
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:1
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):
Taiepi Fuhsing Private school's external internet has a speed of 30MB green line transfer. There are wireless network and wired network in the school. Every classroom is equipped with a set of computer. The shool also has computer classrooms. We mostly used school time to discuss our website contents, search information, and print out documents. 1.Team Members' Internet Environment at home: Every team member has either PC or laptops at home. We worked on the research project and contact each other through the wifi at our homes. 2.Measures Taken for Processing Information: We used Dropbox and Google Drive to store our photos and writings. Team members worked on their project both at home and at school.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Making a CyberFair Web project was really fun. It has taught Earth’s Children many valuable lessons. However, it was not an easy task. Here were the problems that we had to overcome in our CyberFiar project. 1. Managing our time: As the high school students, most of the members in our team are on a very tight schedule. We learned to work efficiently in lunch breaks. To save the meeting time, we also use social media such as messenger and line to post announcements and working lists before meeting. 2. Conducting Interviews: In order to get the first-hand information for our CyberFair project, we have to interviews many people. We realized that a good interview took a lot of preparation. We couldn’t just simply chat with interviewees; instead, we should list all the interview questions before the interview. Being polite is also a very important part for the interviewing process, at first, we were really nervous. After some practices, we were able to clearly express our points and speeded up the interview process. 3. Promoting our research: This year the themes for the CyberFair are “Preserve and Unite”. While we were trying to preserve the unique history of Hudi community and Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation, we also tried to promote them in our campus. We did presentations and Q&A session for the practice of natural farming and food education. These were the great chances for Earth’s Children to overcome stage fright. 4. Stepping out of our comfort zones: One of the most important activities in our CyberFair project was farming. Most of the Earth’s Children never really farm before. It was an unique but challenging experience. We were really happy to have the opportunities to grow our own food and be the weekend farmers.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The most happy thing in life is to share passion and knowledge with others.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
oining the International Schools CyberFair project is a great opportunity for students to learn new skills. Here are some things that we learned from this CyberFair project contest. The unique experience made us think that doing a CyberFair project is a memorable event in our high school experience. 1.English Language: Earth’s Children are students from Taipei, Taiwan. Therefore, English is our second language. In this CyberFair project, we practiced using English to present our discoveries on the website. Since most of the sources are in Chinese, we have to translate them. This is a great chance for us to practice our translation skill. We are really happy that we can use English to share our finding with the world. 2. Math: In this CyberFair project, Earth’s Children incorporated mathematics skills that we learned in school. We analyzed the data from our surveys and made conclusion. 3.Science: Earth’s Children learned life science in the farming field. We better understand the relationship between soil, water and crops. We also learned about the practical but harmful effects causing by pesticides and fertilizers. We reflected upon the pros and cons bringing by the modern technologies in agriculture industry. 4.Computer Science: We designed and constructed the website for the CyberFair project. We tried to make our website with engaging user experience by adding many pictures and detailed explanations. Internet makes learning becomes more effective for modern student. With the help from Internet, we found many additional resources to help us complete the project. ?5.Art: We practiced layout the website ideas. We made posters to promote Grass Hope Taiwan Foundation and natural farming in the campus.