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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: A Symphony of Water and Green
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Dong-Guan Elementary School
    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, Taiwan

26 students, ages 11~12years old worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: Yang Yi-Lun , Zheng Wen-Jie ,Pan Chao-Ying

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Kaohsiung City, the second biggest city in Taiwan, is transforming from an industrial city to a fragrant waterfront city. To welcome the world games in 2009, Kaohsiung City government has lunched a series of construction projects, expecting to build an “ocean capital city.” 'Caogong Canal', located in Kaohsiung plain in southern Taiwan, is known internationally as one of the top four canals in Taiwan with high efficiency and scale in irrigation. KaoPing Stream is the main water resource for Caogong Canal. The irrigation scale of it ranges from Kaohsiung county to Kaohsiung city nowadays, north to Lotus Pond irrigation system. Caogong Canal plays an important role in connecting the big ponds between Kaohsiung city and county such as Lotus Pond, Chouchai Wetland, Chinshih (Golden Lion) lake, etc, which form a plentiful water web. Furthermore, it not only enriches the material and spiritual life of residents on the canal front, but also forms special features of cultural views in small villages. Recently, as the changes of society, the precious landscapes and resources of Caogong Canal are gradually declining with the decrease of agriculture. To continue the meanings and vitality of it, we have to take actions to restore the waterfront of Caogong Canal, and transform the traditional resource role of agricultural that Caogone Canal had played into an environmental one. To restore the water web of Caogong Canal, the construction of Wetland Ecological Corridor in Kaohsiung is a very important act that must be taken. The range of Wetland Ecological Corridor includes Neiweipei Wetland, Banhe Village Flood Detention Pond, Chouchai Wetland, Jhongdu (Central Urban) Love River Wetland, Yanshuei (Salty Water) Port Wetland, Banping Lake Wetland, and Yuanchung Port Wetland, etc. We estimate that the restoration will make the basin of Caogong Canal reveal a new look of fragrant waterfront, and provide residents with a whole new water-accessible area. In the mean while, they are also abundant in living, ecology, and vitality in Kaohsiung urban areas of southern Taiwan.

2. Summary of Our Project

'Caogong Canal' is a canal excavated by people 170 years ago. The county magistrate, Cao Jin, aroused people to excavate the canal in order to resolve the drought problem. After building, the water irrigated the whole Kaohsiung plain widely. The canal not only resolved the dry problem, but also made Fong Shan County become an important rice habitat in Kaohsiung at that time. Up to now, Caogong Canal not only keeps the irrigation function, but also makes Kaohsiung City, regarded as an agricultural society in earlier period of Taiwan, transform into the 'Ocean Capital City' with prosperous industries and business. However, due to the social changes, Caogong Canal is declining gradually during the urbanization process. In recent years, the Kaohsiung City government authorities realize the importance of the realignment of a river and start to utilize the Caogong Canal water system lively. They’ve been making efforts to integrate the resources of the paddling culture, ecosystem, sightseeing, recreation, and push the idea of the ecological corridors to create a brand-new appearance of fragrance waterfront. After all, what kind of problems does the Caogong Canal face now? Are there any possible solutions to these problems? What are the new construction projects launched by the Kaohsiung City government authorities for beautification and afforestation? As elementary school students, can we make some contribution for our society in protecting the wetly ecosystem environment? There are detailed introductions and explains in our topic.

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):

In school, we surf the Internet through fiber-optic system, and the speed of uploading and downloading is 100 MB. There are seven computers in our classroom. Each of them can access to the Internet through the specific line, and is able to get all kinds of Internet services through the server, that is, the connection works very well. Each one of us has an E-mail account, and it has become the most important way for us to communicate with other people when we are working on subject research. In addition, we fully use the Internet service in our computer classroom, and through the shared platform, our teacher can put together all the information we get swiftly. It is not only convenient, but helps us to save lots of time.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)The pressure of the time limits: The time when we decided to signed up was two months later than other teams, we experienced extremely hard time during the progress of our research. Nevertheless, we supported each other and made good use of class time. We even spent the whole winter vacation to make the bulletin boards for the Wetlands Day and set up the web pages.

(2)To decide the topic of the website is not a simple thing to do: The Caogong Canal and the Wetland Ecological Corridor seem to be two independent subjects. After the discussion, we made a decision of taking the Caogong Canal as the main idea of our research. Fortunately, we connected each independent subject together when presenting the content of our website under professionals’ instruction..

(3) Traffic problems when we need to out for interviews: This time, we have four all-day-long field investigations to do, and the service in return at Chouchai Wetland on the World Wetlands Day. The expense on traffic would be very huge without help. Best of all, we have many enthusiastic parents to give us a ride. (4) The inefficiency of art designing ability: After about 2 years’ learning, we are more familiar with some web-page-designing software. To make up our inefficiency of art designing ability, we were hiring a profession again to teach us. After series of training program, we advanced both our esthetic sensibilities and designing ability. (5) Part of pictures were hard to get: Our teacher was trying to avoid the content of the rebirth of the Caogong Canal becoming too stiff to understand, so she flashed on a painting contest in order to push us brainstorm about the wonderful scene after the rebirth completed.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

After these months of hard-working, through field investigation, interviewing on the scene, data collection, and research on subjects, we actually learned abundant knowledge and experience. Most significantly, to show our appreciation to people who give us instruction and support, we served people as tour guides at Chouchai Wetland on the World Wetlands Day, and gave a presentation to the guests about how to protect wetlands. As elementary students, we are so glad that we could do service in return for our hometown. Hopefully people pay more attention on the present situation of the Caogong Canal and treasure the world of nature.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Through this project, we had experienced the cross-subject learning, school-based curriculum, and the everlasting ability. During the research process, we used the Internet, read a lot of related books for reference, and also we visited the Caogong Canal Basin, exploring more about the downstream and the Wetland Ecological Corridor. The skill of computer graphing helped us produce a interactive map, introducing the Wetland Ecological Corridor of Kaohsiung City thoroughly. The way we combined the technology, langusge, and local geography fitted in the concepts of curriculum integration and cross-subject learning. In addition, for the school-based curriculum, we chose the Caogong Canal which was the mother river of Kaohsiung and is close to all citizens in Kaohsiung. Through this research, we knew not only about the history of the Caogong Canal, but also its problems under the change of society. Compared to the newly built Banhe Village Flood Detention Pond, Golden Lion Lake, and Chouchai Wetland which are urban wetlands model, the ignorance of the headstream is unfair. Therefore, we are trying to show a series of the construction on the Wetland Ecological Corridor of Kaohsiung City, and hope the governments of Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County cooperate with each other on the rebuilding of the Caogong Canal and the rebirth of the beauty. This research shows the passion we have toward the hometown. In this research, we have also learned how to collect information, read and edit, carry out field investigation, communicate with people, interview, write scripts, take digital photography, operate the computer, design web pages and bulletin boards, 6-paged pamphlet, and the skill of computer graphing. Besides, we can not only receive the knowledge but also come up with some feedback. Through the service in return, we developed our communication ability. What mentioned above are everlasting ability which we benefit a lot.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

1.TV& Projector (1)We played subject-related films to get basic knowledge. (2)We played a TV program“Bearing Caogong Canal in Mind”of Public Channel and found out more issues. (3)In class, the projector show as all highlights. 2.Recorder& USB Flash Disk It helped us record our interviews and easy to arrange afterwards. 3.Digital Minicam We filmed the outings and the interviews. 4.Digital camera We took pictures during field investigation and interviews for our website. 5.PC We used it to collect information, typing, arrange reports, and design website. 6.Internet We searched on the Internet for some related data. 7.E-mail Box & Shared Hard Disk on Net We exchanged our works through e-mail and shared hard Disk on Net. 8.Software (1) Fireworks:designing the background and elements of website (2) DreamweaverMx: Designing website. (3) Photoimpact: editing pictures and directing map. (4) Word: editing on work Journal and reports. (5) FlashMX: designing animation on front page. (6) Swishmax 2.0: designing animation on front page. (7) Publisher: designing 6-paged pamphlet (8) Color6.0: designing name tags for the World Wetlands Day. (9)IE: surfing on the Internet. 9.Scanner Scanning the hand-drawn map, ground plan and expectation. 10.Copy machine Copying for every one. 11.Telephone Contacting with students, parents, partners, and professionals. 12.Books and manuals Know about the program better.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

To gain more backup knowledge and data to support our research, we invited many professionals to give us lessons for specific subjects. Like Mr. Wen-chien Zheng, manager of Fengshan Literature and History Studio, gave us lecture about the history of Cao Jin and the Caogong Canal, Miss Yi-chen Hsieh, the executive officer of Wetlands Taiwan, explained the current condition of the Caogong Canal, and Mr. Hsueh-hua Liu of Kaohsiung Wild Bird Society introduced some basic ideas about wetlands and ecological environment. With all these information, we had deeper impressions when we actually visit ourselves. Mr. Wen-chien Zheng, manager of Fengshan Literature and History studio, was the guide during the field investigation. He provided us a variety of information with his passion towards local culture education, and also led us visiting the Caogong Canal basin. In addition, we have invited director of Wetland Taiwan, Mr. Yao-ting Su, to evaluate the possibility of constructing a wetland in school. Although we stopped the program for the reason of budget and problems on construction, Mr. Su introduced us to serve as guides on the World Wetlands Day. What’s more, we interviewed the director of Public Works, Mr. Hung-mou Wu, during winter vacation and we acquired lots of official data. We were really appreciated those friendly people we met during the outing. They were touched by our passion and willing to cooperate with us. With help of these nice people, such as director of Public Works, eco-groups, professionals and local people, we formed different point of views and independent thinking ability. Besides, we made appointments by telephone and even through e-mail. In a word, we learned many useful methods on researching through the experience attending the fair.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

We have visited the basin of Caogong Canal excavated by Cao Jin, and we admired the wisdom of our ancients. But the current condition of the Caogong Canal is such a pity that most of functions were lost, critically polluted, and even incorrect dredging method. Fortunately, Kaohsiung city government took account of this event, and started on many rebuilding projects, including the glory in the Wetland Ecological Corridor. If the government of city and county could cooperate on the rebuilding and dredging program, we believe the beauty of the Caogong Canal can recover one day and transform into a scenic spot.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

1.Mr. Wen-chien Zheng Mr. Wen-chien Zheng, manager of Fengshan Literure and History Studio was one of our counselors. He provided us with abundant data and led us to carry out field investigation 2.Miss Yi-chen Hsieh Miss Yi-chen Hsieh, the executive officer of Wetlands Taiwan, studied into the current condition of the Caogong Canal, and was the advocator for Chouchai Wetland as well. 3.Mr. Hsueh-hua Luu Mr. Hsueh-hua Liu works for Kaohsiung Wild Bird Society. He introduced some basic ideas about wetland and ecological environment to us. 4.Chief Hung-mou Wu The leader of Public Works Bureau, Mr. Hung-mou Wu, spared his time to accept the interview. He talked freely about the construction and the Wetland Ecological Corridor. 5.Mr. Hui-ming Peng & Ms. Miao-jen Wang We had been to the Public Works Bureau twice. These staff gave us a variety of data and detailed introduction which helped fulfill our website.. 6.Mr. Yao-ting Su Mr. Yao-ting Su is the director of Wetlands Taiwan, and he came to our school, evaluating the possibility of constructing a wetland in school, and introducing us to serve as guides on World Wetlands Day. 7.Mr. Yu-yen Wu, Mr. Yin-chiang Chang & Mr. Ching-chia Tseng They are staff of Wetlands Taiwan at Chouchai Wetland. During the preparation of the World Wetlands Day, they help us contact and arrange places. Besides, Mr. Tseng talked about the original face and construction process of Chouchai Wetland when interviewing. We appreciated their consideration. 8.Mr. Hsi-hu Yang, Mr. Feng-jung Liu & Mr. Jung-fa Cheng These three persons are all local residents. They accepted our interviews enthusiastically. We also heard the valuable opinions from them. 9.Mr. Chi-pei Wang Mr. Chi-pei Wang is a professional web designer. Under his instruction, our skills improved a lot and completed our website smoothly. 10. Reporter of Public Channel, Mr. Tai-ping Chang and Mr. Camera The reporter companied us whole day during field investigation, and presented the current condition of the Caogong Canal to people showing the importance and value of the Canal.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

(1)Discoveries: Through the research project “A Symphony of Water and Green—Towards a Rebirth of Caogong Canal and a New Fragrant Waterfront Kaohsiung,” we found the crisis of the headstream of the Caogong Canal, saw the plan and construction on the Wetland Ecological Corridor. By interviewing, we knew some details and possibilities of the rebirth of the Caogong Canal. It was the best wish after all. (2)Lessons: The hundred-year ancient canal left by our ancestors was destroyed by time and changes of the society. It is a pity that some ponds were gone and polluted and the functions of irrigation disappear little by little. We should protect these channels, or the almost two-hundred-year Caogong Canal would disappear for sure. (3)Surprises: The ancient wisdom of the canal a hundred seventy years ago is changing into a cultural and historical scenic spot. Kaohsiung City government has launched many construction projects on the downstream of the Caogong Canal, which has showed the energy of a sunny city. We believe that with the rebuilding of the headstream, we would have many resources of tourism on fragrant river banks in the future.


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