CyberFair Project ID: 6954

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Port Tea
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Yang-gang Elementary school
    Pingtung, , Taiwan

8 students, ages 11-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 7, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012

Classes and Teachers: Li-Min Hsu, Chih-Ching Liu, Jun-Jie Huang

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Manjhou Township situated inside the Kenting National Park. Most tourists pass by without noticing the typical Kenting wonders everywhere in this small town. The wide Dragon-Rock grasslands coated by the blue Pacific Ocean, the exotic meadows, and the special seaside scenery at Chialoshui are all part of local people’s everyday life. Here you can see the scattered little houses by the road, children running freely in the fields or singing with an ice cream in hand. The people here are nature-friendly, humble, and without too many disguises like the people living in the cities. Those who just came here always wondered that with the bumpy topography, downslope wind in the winter and the heat in the summer, what do people here do to make a living? As the time passes, they all gradually found out that the people here had discovered the treasure of the Tea Mountain-- their solution of life. Together the residents make Manjhou Township an important tea origin in Taiwan, and their treasure, Port Tea, is becoming more and more well known.

2. Summary of Our Project

Tea Mountain is a small hill in Manjhou Township where the residents plant Port Tea. Tea Mountain is not a high mountain, but it had created so many wonders for us such as its being the most southern tea yard in Taiwan. We hope that through this research project, we may broaden visitors’ knowledge toward this special tea. We planned to investigate more about the Port Tea. Besides its current obstacles, we also tried to find a better way to make it grow stronger. By understanding the value and more details of Port Tea, we wish to make people fall in love with this special tea as we did.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:1

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

There are only one computer room with almost 30 computers in our school, plus one computer for each class, adds up with the server and administrators, there are around 50 computers for the whole school. We connect to the academic network of Taiwan through XinYi elementary school in Pington County. Students could use the computer room after and between classes. To these children, though the academic network doesn’t work very fast, it is still quicker than their Dial-Up Internet at home. Since our school locates in a remote area, most of the students don’t have computer at home and their living quality not as good as the children in the cities. This is also one obstacle for our school to adapt to a complete E-education system.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

(1)We have no household computers, therefore they could only use the computer room during their free time. Besides the limited time between classes, the students also are not very familiar with the computer and are therefore not as capable when it comes to information technology.

(2)We need to take school buses to commute from their home to school. Since the school bus sets off on regular times and there are only 4 buses a day. The students’ free time became even more restricted.

(3)There are no public transportation during the visits and interviews of the tea yards. The only transportation tool is the car from the teachers participated in the program.

(4)Information of Port Tea is of little amount. To complete the whole picture, we have to collect the scattered pieces of information from visitng as many experts and locals as we can.

(5)We are less confident. Though these children are very creative, they tend to think themselves not so good as the city children and are too shy to express themselves.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We had a busy schedule and fruitful experience. We get to know hand puppet show over time through information collection, discussion, presentation, reading, visiting, and watching performance.During the process of making Port Tea, I learned so much knowledge about teas. The most impressive thing for me is to make teas and brew teas; in fact, it’s really complicated during the process of making teas, you have to repeat the cycle of process of making teas, in order to produce a beautiful taste of the Port Tea!! Before I make teas I thought there would only be few steps to brew teas, but it’s not true, there are many tiny details you need to pay attrition to!! For example, you cannot drink the first brewing tea, and the tea taste better when it’s hot etc…, this experience makes me understand more about my hometown culture, and knowing how hard is to make teas.

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

During the research process, we apply different skills and knowledge which we have learned from different fields at school.

When we analyze the history of Port Tea, We apply the knowledge from social study field to combine the geographical concept and early history of Manjhou.

When we observe and make various kinds of Port Tea Creative food we apply the analyzing skills from science field and practice several times. When we interview and collate information, we apply the communication and writing skills from literary field. And we also learned how to produce web pages and sent data by computers and internet.

Project Elements

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


1.Scanners:Scanning of the pictures in literature.

2.Printers:Printing of documents Photocopying machines Photocopying of questionnaires and documents

3.Digital cameras:Recording of visits, promotions at school and outside school and presentation of research findings

4.Digital video cameras:Recording of visits and production of promotion clips

5.Memory sticks:Storage of files

6PC/laptop:Writing and storage of texts, production of animations and presentation of materials outside school.


1.Dreamweaver:Production of webpages

2.FireFox :Search information related to tires

3.Windows Movie Maker:Production of stop-motion animations

4.Emails, telephones/mobile phones:File transfers and communication

5.Office 2003:Word, Power Point and Excel (to analyze questionnaire survey results)

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

1)Interview: Call on the professional tea gardens of Port Tea to know better of it

(2)Expert Consult: Go to the Kenting National Park Headquarter and seek for information and suggestions from the professionals from the inquiry center.

(3)Visits and Interviews: Walk in the tea gardens in person and experience the tea culture by direct contact.

(4)Implement:Shin Tea Garden, we not only tried produce the tea but also plant the tea seeds we brought back from the garden.

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

The most serious problem that Port Tea encounters right now is actually the lack of recognition from the youth. Though this tea had been known and recognized by many, most tea farmers still think it difficult to produce the tea. Most of them hope their own children don’t have to stick to the fields after growing up and therefore ask them to study harder. We were surprised, and we asked whether the tea gardens will be deserted afterwards. Their answers are often the same: Those who are less outstanding on studies may come back for tea planting. Is it because these children see the Port Tea everyday so they have regarded this tea as an usual object? To us, Port Tea is not only one local product but also it shows a spirit of people’s insist on fighting the obstacles of life. Isn’t that the most wonderful thing of human being? Port Tea, in our opinions, represents the spirit that will never be knock down. It is the little tea seeds like us which keeps the tea flowers grow and the tea fragrant lasts among Tea Mountain.

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

(1)I-Shin Tea Garden:Since Mr. Li-Ming had known the people of I-Shin Tea garden for long, they helped us a lot during the whole research program. We especially have to thank Mr. and Mrs. Hsiung for the assistance; if it is not for them, we couldn’t have finished our research.

(2)Shun Hsing Tea Shop is run by the offsprings of Mr. Chen-Huai Chu. The remaining information of Port Tea is abundant here and we found the complete History of this special tea. Thanks to Mr. Shun-Hsing Chu, it is his introduction brought us deeper knowledge of the development of Port Tea.

(3)Kenting National Park Headquarter. Thanks to the people from the inquiry center who explained to us the natural environment of Port Tea.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We did not know much about the Port Tea before this project, but along with several depth interviews, we now understand more about the Port Tea rules and the knowledge.The most impressive thing is, when I arrived at the tea factory. I saw there are three plates of fading tea on the floor and I can smell the flavor of tea. The process of “Fixation” is very hard. It is necessary to use 180 degree’s water to fry the tea. Even when I’m standing next to the aunt who’s doing this job was sweat. During create Port Tea jelly,Port Tea Almond Cookies and Port Tea ice cream,we break down several times.But we get teacher and parents encouragement.Final we success to make jelly Cookies and ice cream.


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