CyberFair Project ID: 7389

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Red Bean, Red in Love
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Shu Te Home Economics and Commercial High School
    Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C.

10 students, ages 15-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 17, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012, 2013

Classes and Teachers: 6

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

With rich and productive plains covered bright green crops make Wandan unsophisticated and graceful. Over the past three hundred years, there’s saying goes, “Pingtong used to be called A-Gao, and Wandan was the first street built at that time,” which indicated the prosperity of Wandan used to be. Wandan in Pinpu aboriginal language means markets. With resourceful paddy rice, pasturage, and sea-farming, Wandan is also an important place of production of red beans. People in Pingtong started to cultivate red beans around 1960s. People of Wandan took the seeds from A-Li Mountain, Chiayi, cultivated and exported successfully to Japan. Soon many counties in Pingtong have the craze of cultivating red beans.

2. Summary of Our Project

Perhaps we do not need to as sympathetic as Tsao in his poem, but we learn to cherish friendship as Wang did in his poem. Round shaped with bright red colored beans are quite useful in many ways. People often use red beans as decorations or as a taken of one’s love. With sunny and cloudless weather in Wandan,the red beans are very thin but large, easy to cook and taste soft, which make them appropriate for many cuisines. It is hoped to make more people know the benefits of red beans in this project.

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:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure

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):

Percentage of students using the Internet at home: more than 50% Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom: more than 6 Connection speed used in the classroom: dedicated connection Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet: more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Before joining Taiwan School Cyberfair with my classmates, this is special team work of senior and junior students. Our team members are first grade and second grade schoolmates. Originally, inheritance is so difficult that we have to teach step by step. Some easy teaching junior schoolmate jobs make us crazy. That is why we can understand teachers’ greatness and painstaking. Moreover, first and second grade students encounter time limits and lessons pressure and certification test. They have to learn and adapt heavy lessons. Everyone has to face brand new challenging. However, we learn “ the more we learn, the more intelligence we gain” from the team cooperation. No matter difficult the process is, only when you work hard and preserve would be cost worthy of. That will be good inheritance of experience.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

“ Knowing the difficult of Not matter how intelligent and rich a man is, you still can’t live a lonely life.” You have to accept everyone’s help and promotion. So, when you reach achievement, except the relevant red bean cake knowledge. We also learn the spirits of cooperation in the team. Thank teachers for instruction. Thank partners for fighting for the project. Then we also thank Wantan uncles for letting us know the importance of appreciation.

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

Because of this program, students have the chance to work together and learn to funtion a teamwork. Except the knowledge lecturing from the textbooks, they learned practical life experience. Students usually use their free time or break time to take care of the plants of red beans. This is totally a brandnew experience for them, thanks to the Internet, they could easily get instruction and suggestions online.

Project Elements

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

The use of software includes: 1. Word 2010 for editing relevant data and arrange materials 2. Internet Explorer 9 for surfing the Internet 3. Facebook for group discussions 4. Ulead PhotoImpact 12 for editing and making photos 5. FrontPage 2003 for making and managing websites The use of hardware includes: 1. 13 computers for making websites, storing data, and uploading information 2. Four flashes for storing photos and information 3. Three digital cameras for taking photos and films 4. One recorder for recording the interviews 5.One printer for printing relevant documents 6. Cell-phones for communicating each team member

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

As a simple folk song singing, “I have to wake up in the early morning, seeing the day dawning. I have to work on the farm all day for three meals. For feeding my family, for three meals, I have to step into the farm even it is freezing.” A song which reveals the hard work of farmers. Nowadays, rice may not be our only choice for food. What comes to your mind when you take a bite of rice. We hope to cherish the virtue of fearing God and cherishing the possession. Also, we hope to combine red bean industry, which builds up its own brand name still pass on traditional industry.

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

Compared with opening the book in the book, network is not only fluent but also abundant resources. It contains not only characters but also photos. It has a variety of resources in extensive network. Because it spreads easily, it results in counterfeit and negative resources. We not only chase high-speed but also pursue the realty. Different from learning style, we deeply understand characteristics of the local specialty via interview and analysis. We hope to enhance the application of information via guidance of project, upgrade doing research independently and applying multi-learning and teamwork. Then, we encourage more locals to carry out local humanities and environment. Promoting culture and applying network is a tool for expression. Do more meaningful things.

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

When we chose the topic to study red beans, we have got all the supoort not only from the school but also the locals. Field studies were needed and we went to the place many times in order to get the first-hand information and learned the spirits from the locals. We feel overwhelmed and proud of ourselves for trying to make the world know more about Taiwan local spirits.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

As a Taiwanese saying goes, “Worship the god of Farm for giving us harvest, and worship the god of Tree for growing fruits.” We should never forget those who have helped us in our life. We work at sunrise and rest at sunset in the process of growing, transplanting rice seeding, irrigating, applying fertilizer, deinsectization and harvest. Although we can use mechanics, we still use by hand. Who can think of farmer’s painstaking. However, we still waste food. Maybe nowadays people’s values are different from that of before. We never work on farm, but we deeply understand why porridge and rice is not easy. We sweet less than an hour. That is to say “We should know the blessing and have a gratitude.


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