1. Description of Our Community
The mountain area in Bagua, Huatan Township, Changhua County is rich in star fruits. The fruit trees bear fruits from October through January and February of next year. Most of the fruit farmers inherit the orchards of the last generation. During the heyday, the star fruit is the representative local specialty of Huatan Township'. In Huatan Township, there is a small hill of star fruits. The hill is called Hill of Hope, and there are a lot of old trees. The oldest and the strongest one is A-wan! It is a star fruit tree! A-wan is advantageously located at the hillside of the Bagua Mountain Range. It is on the leeward side and faces the sun, with its roots in the catchment, A-wan is protected from typhoons and can absorb adequate water and sunlight, and avoid northerly wind and cold damage, so it grows very strong. What does it eat to grow so strong? The answer is: sunlight, air, mineral water and rich humus layer. In the natural environment, A-wan can grow well without chemical pesticides and artificial fertilizers. A-wan's home-Hill of Hope is a blessed place which has fresh air, adequate sunshine and clean water.
2. Summary of Our Project
At the hillside to the southeast of our school, there is a hundreds-year-old star fruit tree. It can produce more than '10,000' star fruits, and thus it calls A-wan (in Chinese wan means numeral 10,000). A-wan was planted during the reign of Emperor Guangxu. It is Taiwan's native species, as well as one of the oldest and largest star fruit tree. The star fruit is a natural raw material of pickled star fruit juice, which once prevailed. Later, more and more beverages have appeared, and traditional fruit juice has no market. This industry has been declined gradually. However, after efforts, besides A-wan juice, new products have been developed such as A-wan jam, cakes, bread and dessert... In spring, the leaves are green, in summer, pink flowers are bloomed, in autumn the tree bears fruit and in winter the fruit becomes mature. The hundreds-year-old A-wan can bring us new opportunities.
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):
•The school network environment: A FTTB fiber optic-based academic network. •Home network environment: home ADSL broadband internet.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Typhoon may cause premature drop: As Typhoon Soudelor swept through Taiwan on August 8, 2015, heavy storm occurred in Changhua. Although A-wan is on the leeward side and faces the sun, it was inevitably damaged, and premature drop was serious. As there are fewer star fruits on the tree. Ms. Yang arranged us to participate in practice courses. Lack of experience during interviews: Due to the lack of relevant experience in interviews, we were all very nervous. Fortunately, the teachers guided us to divide the interview tasks (verbal interview, making a note, recording audio and taking photo). The pre-assignment can ensure smooth interviews, and obtaining interview records.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
When we decided to use A-wan the Star Fruit Tree as theme, we found that Hill of Hope which is near our school have many stories. There is not only hundred-year-old A-wan, but also 4th generation of owner-Ms. Yang's story.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Language Complete progress report, experience, webpage, project, and train writing ability Nature and life technology Learn about types of star fruits, how to plant them and production, breeding and functions of yeast Arts and humanities subject Learn how to take and process pictures, arrange aesthetic web pages Comprehensive activities Learn interview etiquette and skills, the importance of teamwork and time management Environmental education Learn the way of ecological restoration and know the urgency of doing our part for the earth Information education Learn webpage making, photo editing skills and data access methods