CyberFair Project ID: 7564

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The problem of discarded vegetables
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Dong Zi Middle school
    Lanzhou, Gansu, China

4 students, ages 15--16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 8, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012

Classes and Teachers: Zhu Yongzhang

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

In 21st century, the development of summer vegetable industry in Lanzhou Plateau has been speeded up, and the current planting area reached 800,000 acres, with a total output of 1.8 million tons, including 800,000 tons for export. Vegetable industry has become one of the main channels for farmers' income growth. Its output value has covered over one second of the crop production, and its revenue has accounted for nearly one third of the farmers' per capita income. However, as the increasing neat vegetables on market and the commercialization of vegetable processing, the leaves and roots resulting from which as well as the leftovers from the harvest are also on the rise sharply. After years of development, summer vegetable in Lanzhou Plateau has become a national and even worldwide brand. Inevitably, a certain amount of discarded vegetables will be produced in the processes of harvest, processing and marketing. There are currently 800,000 acres of vegetables in Lanzhou, which may produce more than 1.5 million tons of discarded vegetables. As such, it can come to a rough estimation that the total discarded vegetables may exceed a yearly 10 million tons in Gansu Province. Abundant of discarded vegetables produced within a short time are piled up in the fields, ditches or by the road. Rotten and fermented as such discarded vegetables, pungent stink will be produced out, attracting rampant mosquitoes. In the rainy day, a lot of sewage will be washed down with the rolling water, extending the pollution to further afield, severely contaminating the rural environment and damaging the agricultural production and rural residents' lives. With the rapid development of vegetable industry, several main producing areas in our province, such as Hexi Corridor, the irrigation area along the Yellow River, Jinghe River region and Weihe River region have been faced with the predicament of discarded vegetables.

2. Summary of Our Project

Income from planting vegetables has become the main economic source for local farmers. During the planting, people however tend to ignore its influence on the environment. Therefore, we hope our website can help to attract more people to pay attention to and protect the environment.

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:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:4-6

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

There is currently a computer room equipped with 55 computers in our school at our convenience to use.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Because of experience participating in the Net Fair contest last year, we have mastered the basic knowledge and skills on building web pages, and we would turn to teachers when we encountered difficulties.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Let us work together to protect our homeland and our environment.

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

Under the leadership of teachers, we spent the spare time confirming research topic, collecting materials, searching for data and interviewing with farmers. We did not left behind of our study, meanwhile, our horizons have been broadened and our abilities improved and we have learnt to pay attention to the environment around us.

Project Elements

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

Computer, digital camera, image processing software

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

We participated in the whole research, conducted investigation and looked deep into the damage of the discarded vegetables, attracting people to pay attention to and protect the environment.

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

In the course of our investigations and interviews, the local vegetable farmers realized the damage of the discarded vegetables and grew awareness of protecting the environment.

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

Workers in the local Agriculture Department provided us related and useful data.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Because of building web pages, we have gained great improvement on many aspects, such as collecting materials, photographing, sorting out and analyzing information. When it was completed, we even could not believe that it was made by us.


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