CyberFair Project ID: 6476

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Kaohsiung Monkey Mountain Nature Park: Relationship between Humans, Monkeys and the Environment
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Kaohsiung Senior High School
    Kaohsiung, n/a, Taiwan

3 students, ages 17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 9, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2010

Classes and Teachers: Rung Fa Wu, Chuen An Guo, Su Jiuan Shiue, Shin Yu Yang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

We live in Kaohsiung. A city that sits in the southwestern Taiwan. And the country belongs to the east of Asia. Here live the people that are so enthusiastic and friendly. When there are some problems, such as where the place is, where we should go or what we could do, you can almost get all the opinions and solutions from the locals. In addition, there are so many beautiful tourist attractions you can visit. For example, the Love River. It is a site many lovers would go on a date along the river bank. There also lies a mountain in Kaohsiung, Monkey Mountain, the subject of our topic. It is full of brilliant plants and nimble animals. Most important of all, it has a wealth of the Formosan rock-monkey, a kind of Taiwan characteristic animals, which needs to be protected.

2. Summary of Our Project

Because of the growing ecological awareness of the relation between people and monkeys, we want to know more about the issue of how two group interact with each other. Not before too long, news reports have captured a large number of scenes which showed monkeys have climb down their primary habitat of the mountain to the nearby zoo to take away the food furiously. It was too terrifying for the parents happening to be there to see. It also made many people concern about their individual security when going to the wild, and so did the government. The government is called on by social and public groups to deal with it. Mixing all the above cases together, we want to organize a clearer overall discussion over 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:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

One obvious problem is that we would need to translate Chinese into English. Maybe it won’t be difficult for us to write a short article; however, when it comes to finishing a study that could require some proper nouns, we need to ask teachers for help, or surf the Net to acquire the information. Moreover, collecting knowledge and information is a big challenge to us. The information may be too old and insufficient to gain in the historical books, one of the searching tools we can use. Then we have to take some interview from the local residents, like the village head, or the visitors ascending to the peak from all over the world.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Almost everyone has known internet is a worldwide tool, so that all the messages can circulate from one place to another. That’s exactly what we want. We would like to share all the beauty in our community with everyone, though it might include problems. But, why not, we can listen attentively to any suggestions. We can improve it, and present a more awe-inspiring city for all over the world. And there may be some dwellers not deeply understanding our own town, so it becomes a convenient way for them to grasp more about it. Ultimately, to ourselves, we can firsthand find out something new, connect and compare to different things, and discipline our thinking ability as well.

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

The primary purpose we want to express is that showing the environmental relation, the history transition, and the inhabitants living with the monkey nowadays. It really conforms to the present thought, concerned with our own city and local culture. In the process, there are plenty of difficulty, like what we should take for and add into ,or where to look for papers. On the other hand, we also learn something new, which includes the computer software, photo taking techniques, and even the communicating skill. What’s more, while we were engaged in forming the subject matters, it would help us get clearer about the meaning of doing such project. We are necessary served as the protector for the region. The main assignment needed doing is to make more people aware of this area and want to be dedicated to it.

Project Elements

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

A very common tool in contemporary world is the computer. And that’s not the exception of tools used by us. We use it not only for searching the messages and data but also for notifying one another of the time we had to meet or the place we can view for the idea. So, it is definitely our valuable tool. Another tool, which is the second best used one, is the digital cameras. When we had to climb the mountain to find something we needed for their images, then it came in handy and was available. Instead of using computers for the general or specialized information, newspapers and TV are also alternatives of the immediate events.

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

Because we had no idea in the beginning, we had a lot of questions to ask visitors for getting what they thought about the issues we researched. Most of the visitors we interviewed were kind and easygoing. They not only answered our questions, but also told us something anecdotal about interactions of people and monkeys. Sometimes on our way to the hill, we could see some victims with some food they brought snatched by desirable monkeys. They regarded the deeds as interesting but aggressive jokes. Generally speaking, they won’t really take revenge on the naughty offending them; however, all that monkeys did would leave bad impression to the visitors. We also met a foreigner working for Green Peace from Rumania. Though our English were poor, we also talked in some easy sentences. He was friendly, knowing that we were doing a study. After a short talked, he agreed that monkeys were aggressive, but he also considered that human being should show more respect to the environment. As we talked to him, we saw a group of the monkey pushing down the garbage in the arbor and grabbing the remains then went away. All that I could see in the arbor was a mess. At the very time, a middle-aged stranger interrupted our conversation. He questioned the foreigner emotionally due to some protest activities about Green Peace in Kaohsiung. It made us very embarrassed. All in all, we always tried to get more information from interviewees and they were nothing but friendly trying their best to help us. We deeply thank them a lots.

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

In fact, we are not sure how profound our project will impact on our community. We firmly believe, however, people who concern the great wonderland will get invaluable lessons about how to get along with our vulnerable environment and how to treat wild animals with accurate attitude. Don’t feed monkeys, for example, or don’t make eyes contact with them. Though there are a number of volunteers silently working for educating the community, we still consider that wasn’t enough. Therefore, we did our study and set the website, in order to arouse the sense about how important we need to protect our natural treasure. Fortunately, after reading over our website, not only our classmates but also our parents deeply realized what they thought right before were wrong. They also appreciated that we had instilled them precise notions and promised that they would try their best to preserve our environment. It was significant for us to affect others by ourselves, as a group of common students; however, we actually accomplished that.

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

As unskilled students, we actually needed a great deal of help. First, our Teacher Wu led us to go through difficulties throughout the study process. He applied for scholarship for us to complete our project, for example, he also accompanied us when we visited interviewees and the most important of all he gave us a lot of useful, substantial directions and advice like a stable compass. Second, Professor Pei and Teacher Lee provided a lot of helpful information for us. Professor Pei is not only a great expert at Zoology but a lover of Monkey Mountain. Teacher Lee is the leader of an environmental organization concerning and protecting Monkey Mountain. With their explication, we could further realize how severe our environmental problems are and how can we contribute our effort to them. Third, the couple of Du village chief even offered us the direct, genuine news about the conflicts between monkeys and human being. For instance, villager set iron railing surrounding their house, so that naughty monkeys won’t offend residents. If not, the hungry will break into their low gate and clutch food away; eventually, what is leaved behind is just a mess. Last but not least, visitors we interviewed on our way, told us a large number of their viewpoints helping us know what they really thought about Monkey Mountain. They are common but important. Without them, we can’t complete our study. To them, we have nothing but gratitude.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Throughout the process, there were many obstacles for us to overcome. However, we had no choice but do our best to conquer them, because of the help from the community caring about Monkey Mountain, such as our classmates, teachers, Professor Pei, Teacher Lee and so on. We knew that we were not alone, so we did; we tried; we conquered! In addition, we also learned that there isn’t lacking beauty on earth but awareness. If we hadn’t done this study, we couldn’t have awarded how beautiful our hometown is! We won’t look forward to get awards or recognitions from others because the process we went through was far more meaningful than the essential meaning itself. Furthermore, after finishing our study, we actually learned everyone in the community really loves this splendid landmark!


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