CyberFair Project ID: 1902

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Chinese Herbal Medicine in Taiwan
Category: 4. Local Specialties
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School: Hsieh Ho Vocational High School
    Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

11 students, ages from 16 to 18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 30, 2002. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2000,2001,2002

Classes and Teachers: Chung-Sung, Chien;Fang-Lan, Chang;Ta-feng Chou; Chen-Kuang Lee;Tau-Ming Liou;Teng-Chi,Kuo;Chin-Chih,Chiu

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taiwan is an island, which is located at 120-122 E and 21-25 N and belongs to the subtropical zone. It has high mountains and lofty ranges inside. Because of its latitude and elevation, it covers three types of climate zones, Torrid, Temperate and Frigid zones, and possesses the breeds of the plants from these three climate zones. These plants are flourishing and diverse due to the plentiful rainfall (2500 mm annually, is three triple of the world general average) and the fertile land in the whole island. There are approximately 4,500 kinds of the primary plants and about half are curative. A lot of plants are imported during these twenty years, resulted from the prosperous industries and commerce in the island, especially after opening up the international tour. Up to the present, original estimation about the number of the plants in Taiwan (including the imported ones) is around 9,000 and curative ones are no less than 4,500. Among them, approximately 200 plants are more special in some particular points such as their curative effect, market price or plant's shape and gesture.

2. Summary of Our Project

The advance of science and technology each day and flourishing development of medical treatment technique pushes the transition of social structure in Taiwan into an industry society of the older population. People not only pursue that they can live longer but also younger. However, as far as nowadays medical treatment technique is concerned, most kinds of medical treatments can cause human's bodies certain degree of damages. After all, medicines originate from neither the human bodies nor Nature. The advance of science and technology each day and flourishing development of medical treatment technique pushes the transition of social structure in Taiwan into an industry society of the older population. People not only pursue that they can live longer but also younger. However, as far as nowadays medical treatment technique is concerned, most kinds of medical treatments can cause human's bodies certain degree of damages. After all, medicines originate from neither the human bodies nor Nature. The effect of Chinese herbal medicines is that it can bring the human "happiness". Because the application of Chinese herbal medicines is very extensive, for instance, every tree and brush around us could be a material of medicinal use and applied to our daily. And Chinese herbal medicines can be eaten appropriately by every person from a graybeard around hundred years old to an infant, who was just born. This is not only concerning and caring human being, but also bring them happiness.

Why can the Chinese herbal medicine make a furor in the world? How many unknown secrets are behind of it? Chinese herbal medicine is influenced far and deeply by the Chinese ancestors' wisdom and core technology. Now " Shen Nong Shi in e generation" is going to reveal this secret veil for you.

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):

Computer SET 1 CPU: Intel Pentium!!! 866MHz MEMORY: 512MB Graphic Cards: Leadtek GeForce2 MX-400 64MB 顯示 network card: D-Link DFE-530TX

Computer SET 2 CPU: AMD Athlon 900MHz MEMORY: 512MB Graphic Cards: S3 Trio3D/2X 4MB network card: D-Link DFE-530TX

Internet Access Et-home broadband Internet access over cable TV wires Ethernet Switches: D-Link DES-1005D

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)External Factors

Without Enough Computers

There are a lot of team members in our team, so we don't have enough computers to work. Some team members move their unnecessary computers to other members' home. Till we have enough ones, we are able to start to try our best to complete our project plans.

★ Difficult to Contact With Figures

Because we don't have enough information about Chinese herbal medicine in the project beginning, we have to interview related experts and ask them for some information. However, we are unable to do that because they have a lot of meetings and a lot of works to do. We are very glad that after some figures know we participate in CyberFair and try to complete this project, they are willing to find time to accept our interviews, help us and provide some valuable information for us. Here we show our appreciation for all their doing.

(2) Internal Factors

★ Without Enough Computer Abilities Most of our team members are the first time to participate in the competition. Some of them just start to learn necessary software in this project beginning. In order to design the best web pages, our teachers guide us to learn a lot of software step by step. However, lessons in school can't satisfy our need. We ourselves have to grope for the way to make use of the software that is not taught in school. We encounter a lot of difficulties, discuss with each other to solve problems, and ask our teachers for advice .

★ Without Satisfied Drafts Before to design web pages, we have to draft ones. However, we can't have Satisfied Drafts. Through continuous discussions and cooperation, we overcome a lot of difficulties and finish our drafts.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Try to do your best, and you will obtain the best results.

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

Since we participated in 2002 Cyberfair, we learned a lot. It’s several times of what we learned in school before. In order to design the best web pages, we try to learn a lot of software such us Flash, PhotoShop, PhotoImpact, FrontPage, and Firework. Besides, through this competition we had lost some bad habits such as not on time, non-cooperation and so on. We knew how to manage a website and deal properly with all kinds of complicated situation. Cyberfair for us is an important competition, teachers in our school try to do their best to help us. But, all they can help is limited. So, we must be independent to solve the problems while they can’t help us. That makes us learn more and improve more. The process of complete this project is so meaningful for all of us.

Project Elements

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

Telephone, mobile, television, recorder, digital camera, camera, Internet, local area network, books, newspapers, magazines, orals, interviews.

Computer software; Microsoft; Windows 2000,Windows98,Office 2000; Macromedia; Flash5,Dreamweaver4,Fireworks 4; Adobe; PhotoShop6.01; Ulead; PhotoImpact7.0、PhotoImpact6.0; Computer hardware; The host; Peripheral; CPU:Intel Pentium III 633,750,1GHz and AMD Athlon 850 MHZ; AMD K6-II 350 Mhz; CD-ROM drive:52X CD RAM and DVD 16X; Graphic Cards: TNT2 32MB , GeForce2 MX, ATi Radeon LE; 1.44" floppy drive; Monitor: 15" & 17"; Audio sound card, digital camera: NIKON 880; Scanner: Mustek 1200sp; Inkjet ;printer: EPSON COLOR 600; Laser printer: HP laserjet 5000le

Computer is an indispensable tool to web page making. We set up another server in order to manage our team's computer and prevent the data, files and productions from revising arbitrarily. And we need to use computer a lot of time such as searching for the information from the website, integrating the data, creating files and web pages, sending and receiving E-Mail…etc.. But our team leader and assistant leader need to bring their own computers to school because the computer and peripheral facilities, which the school can provide, are not sufficient for our team members using. We are also using the digital camera to avoid mistakes and reach the perfect display when we are recording the video. And the scanner is used in order to ensure the pictures' beautify and perfect. Furthermore, we went to Taipei World Trade Centre, Taipei radio station FM931….etc. and look for related information. Although we often came back with nothing, we still work hard and do not give up.

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

After doing the research of our special subject, we design the structure map of our web page quickly and efficiently. And then we contact some experts and explain our project narrative to them. We spend our holiday bringing our project to visit them, but most of time we use telephone and E-Mail as the main contact tools.

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

1. The purpose, which we create this website, is to hope the primary and junior high students and teachers can have different points of view to our Nature in a research aspect.

2. We choose Chinese medicine as the topic of our website, this is like a child, who play a role as an adult. But you will feel its vibration when you get into it.

3. In the process of website creating, the joined students get the most fruitful results and then is the joined teachers. Through the project making this time, we have not only a great progress of computer technique, but also a different way of looking at the flowers, grass and trees around them. Furthermore, we have different levels of awareness of prevention and treatment of diseases.

4. We look forward that this website can guild all the primary and junior high students in the world to get a totally different motivation and learning.

5. In the process of setting up (creating)this website, not only teachers and students come to our website, but our parents and hospitals and Chinese medicine study organizations that we interviewed are also our faithful audience.

6. The hospitals and organizations we interviewed and our parents always give us moral support, as well as providing us new information.

7. After the efforts we made through these several months, we learned how to create a website, and all the team members now also are qualified to be young researchers of Chinese medicines who can provide our family and friends with information of health.

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

“Interview” is the essential component, which an outstanding web page requires. Because the people who we want to interview spread the whole Taiwan, the biggest problem which we have is transportation. However, this problem has been solved through the local personalities’ help. Afterward we go to visit the Taiwan Herbal Medicine Garden in Longtan village of Taoyuan and the Kunlun Herb Plant Tourism Garden. And we also visit the dean of the Chinese herbal medicine department in the postgraduate school of National Yang Ming University. When we arrival there, the dean is talking to economic department. But the dean still finds time to receive our interview while fully engaged; he does not let us come in vain. We really appreciate their assistance and help.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Before we are doing the project, what we know about Chinese herbal medicine is only superficial. But through the process of project making, information collection and interviewing the experts, which make us further realize the broad and profound mystery of Chinese herbal medicine. The ways of producing Chinese herbal medicine are different between now and pass. Today most of medicines are produced by full automatic high technology, only few parts of them are produced by hand. When we are visiting the Chinese Herbal Medicine Pharmaceutical Research Institution, we see a lot of experimental equipments. And after joining the activity of Cyberfair, we know a lot the things, which we did not know about before through this project, such as we know a lot of curative effects of Chinese herbal medicines. After this activity, I believe that our whole team members’ knowledge would be increased a lot.


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