1. Description of Our Community
Hualien County is best known for its tourism. In its south, day lilies are planted on 60-Stone Mountain; in the north, world-famous Taroko National Park is located; in the east is the endless Pacific Ocean, and in the west is Qilai Mountain. Hualien City is in the center of this precious land, gathering its culture, economy and politics. Here, the developed, developing and underdeveloped beautiful scenes are waiting for your visits.
2. Summary of Our Project
What is called “garbage”? In the dictionary, “garbage means filthy and useless things, but can all useless things be called as garbage? Is all garbage really useless? Nowadays “garbage” is defined as “things we no longer need”.
Garbage, however, changes with social environment, eras, economical status, personal consciousness etc. General definition of garbage means “junk”. Junk can be divided into daily and business. To be more specific, it can be classified as huge garbage, burnable trash, unburnable trash, harmful waste. Many countries are now worried that trash keeps increasing; general publics like us should think about this problem: why this garbage is produced and how we can deal with it.
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):
School Internet Facilities Current Internet environment at school is ADSL broad band. There is one computer lab, with 36 Intel-P4 PCs for students and one for teachers. Domestic Internet At team members’ houses, few of us use 56K dial-up Internet and ADSL broad band. We usually discuss at school or utilize our free time at school to communicate with emails, MSN messengers, FTP and exclusively internet forum to send data and exchange thoughts.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The principal and administration unit helped us contact relevant organizations and the profession. Parents of the students helped contact narrators and interviewees. Activity fees were raised by the school administration unit and instructors. Instructors provided vehicles and picked up students. In order to write articles on the site, the students searched data on the internet and found relevant information. Special thanks to Office of Construction and Academic Affairs for providing data and introduction. Because of limited time, we sacrificed lunch break and our leisure time.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Hundreds of garbage problems all come from the same ultimate reason: the source. We thought about the story which the main character tried every possible way to put out the fire but his insight was not adopted, and we should cope with the trash problem just like him. We can never avoid creating waste, but we should eliminate it when we make it. If there is no source, we don’t have to deal with it too hard. Less clothes means less dumped clothes, less money spent and less trash.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The purpose of this project is to let others understand the trash issue in Hualien and with what attitude we should face it. We are very grateful for those who helped us to do the interviews; it really made us understand more. We hope through this site more people can know how serious this problem is.
In this project research, every team member fulfilled every task by division of labors, through dividing into teams, discussion, collecting and sorting data, and conducting interviews together, and we learned how to apply the knowledge we gained into life. We tested what we had learned in life. Every interview and field trip, we found that we focused more, our asking skills became more sophisticated, and team members encouraged each other to make things more perfect. More importantly, we cared about every detail now; whereas, we were careless at the beginning, which made the interviewees feel that we were serious and sincere.