CyberFair Project ID: 7575

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Balck Gold for Bamboo
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Long Chi Elementary School
    Tainan City , , Taiwan

10 students, ages 9~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): no

Classes and Teachers: No.10, Kulinghu, Longqi Dist., Tainan City 719, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Long chi are Mudstone Slope area, because Mudstone unfavorable crop growth, so the Long chi are most hillside planting bamboo tenacious of life. Long chi industry in previous years mainly bamboo, bamboo baskets, bamboo basket, bamboo shoots, bamboo shoots, bamboo-related products, With the times has been change, wages, industry migration coupled with the traditional bamboo product demand is diminishing, Traditional bamboo industry is gradually declining, Long chi Farmers Association in order to develop local industry, Under the guidance of the Council of Agriculture (COA) and Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, R.O.C combines of the Long chi features modern environmental, with health trends and processing bamboo charcoal, hope by charcoal bamboo industry to increase competitiveness and value-added.

2. Summary of Our Project

Charcoal, has been developed in Japan for many years, also known as the 'Black Diamond'. Released according to the study charcoal far infrared can accelerate blood circulation and the body temperature rises, but also has strong adsorption, breathability and insulation function, it can be said that the charcoal is the new black gold of the 21st century, and isn’t only provides a new way to utilize bamboo, but also benefits environmental protection by reducing pollutant residue. Bamboo charcoal is an environmentally functional material that has excellent absorption properties. Charcoal using bamboo as raw material, the first cut into 1-2 meter long bamboo into the smoke house smoked, than into the charcoal kiln after high temperature of 1,000 degrees, after ten days of the carbonization process can be refined to become charcoal. Because of the special structure of bamboo materials, surface area burned charcoal to six times that of the general charcoal grams of charcoal can be exposed to air surface area of 300 square meters. That’s why Bamboo charcoal is known to have high porosity. Various impurities or foreign matter will be absorbed over the wide surface area of the charcoal. When air passes over, if the humidity is high, the charcoal will absorb the moisture and the air will be converted to dry air. If the air is too dry, then the charcoal will discharge its own moisture, thus adjusting the humidity in the air. Bamboo vinegar or pyroligneous acid is extracted when making charcoal and is used for hundreds of treatments in almost all fields. This liquid contains 400 different chemical compounds and can be applied for many purposes including cosmetics, insecticides, deodorants, food processing and agriculture.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

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:1

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

Because of the geographical position, the school's network speed can only reach 2M, but each classroom can use the Internet with a computer classroom, and each class of wireless networks, symposia and research.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Time: The event, from the beginning to sign up to proceed with the very urgent, plus the School Curriculum multiple classes difficult tie.

Communication and interview skills: the skills of rural children is relatively insufficient, in addition to slightly timid and introverted, in arranging the interview subject, and less able to understand exactly what live points visits asking.

Data aggregation and writing ability: weak national languages??, data compiled with a clear description of the need to be more careful.

Community Resources: because to visit some of the local charcoal of industry who, although they very enthusiastic to help, but because of our expression ability to compare inadequate, as well as charcoal kilns of into the kiln and the kiln time and can not be with the interview and change, but fortunately they take the initiative to provide a lot of information, thank you for their help.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Act now and your dreams come true?

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

Related fields Combination of activities and courses language fields Thematic research process, we want to discuss the results and make impressions, share and discuss the essay can be trained in every interview and data compilation. Because we was nervous and a little incoherent, unable to timely access richer spot to play, but after a time of experience, we have skilled many. Social fields Us to explore a charcoal firing process, and the reason behind the development of, and contact among people, things, objects, visit the related figures. In this series of interviews, we also learned the background of people's attitude of local specialties. Nature and Life Technology Charcoal applications of Internet search, digital SLR camera, to record the course of our study, Facebook as a platform to send data and to share our experiences, using a variety of web production technology and image processing software to all research results made ??into a website, make good use of a variety of information tools, the ability to enhance the use of information technology. Arts and humanities Learning photography, the teacher taught us how to compose, and viewfinder, and appreciate of various hidden in the life of small things with different eyes and our sense of beauty, culture in this process. health and physical education Thematic research process, we also try to go Handling the charcoal well as bamboo, but also the way to exercise the physique, and can understand different industries toil. Integrated activities We work together with each other to discuss, and learn how to become an reporters, unity and cooperation, and to work together.

Project Elements

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

tools Use for... (NIKON D3100) Recording the course of the visit, photography, paintings remake dynamic photography. Printer Information Print disc burner Photos, text, data copy. computer Data search and sorting, web production USB flash drive backup data Cellphone, email team members to contact each other. Microsoft Word Collate, record activity progress and make impressions. Faststone Image Viewer ? Organize photos and simple image processing. Publisher Create web pages. Facebook The message, control the progress of the study, record and share research results.

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

In our Long chi area often have many Midge in classroom time biting students and teacher, Whenever this time, elders and teachers will always use the bamboo vinegar to spray mosquito repellent; surprisingly, each time when they sprayed bamboo vinegar, indeed far fewer Midge. Therefore, we want to explore the bamboo vinegar origin of a curiosity After the network research, We know the original bamboo vinegar was product by charcoal. In our Long chi area, although have bamboo everywhere and We also often visits to charcoal Story House But I did not expect the original charcoal production, and the use of derivatives is so diverse, Therefore, we will be the production and use of charcoal, used as the theme the this research!

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

We found that we were for many years the home of this growth, there are actually so many resources to see available original place we do not know, there are so many people silently in the hard work of their effort. I hope that the next opportunity to the friends and relatives of some of the surrounding towns, to do the introduction, and recommend it to everyone.

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

The photos we used are our own viewfinder visits resulting If we cannot personally made ??sources of information and photos, we will go through the consent of the author, together with the source.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We found that the charcoal is not just to do them, go through strict quality control and testing, such as: conductivity test to go through again and again test to be able to listing; bamboo vinegar this by-product, turned out to also be used as a mosquito repellent, it is very interesting. In addition, this biggest lesson is we often are too confident of their ability to, so that the final results are not fully present their own views, so next time we will be more within their means, and to do better work allocation.


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