CyberFair Project ID: 8085

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Bee Museum
Category: 3. Business and Community Organizations

School: Victoria Academy (Elementary School)
    Douliu, yunlin, Taiwan

10 students, ages 10-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on January 30, 2016. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2014

Classes and Teachers: Heng-Yi Su, Feng-Wen Huang, Hsiu-Tuan Wu

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Honey Museum is located in Gukeng, Yunlin and quite close to Victoria Academy. Mr. Chi Cheng founded this museum to promote the benefits of honey and bees’ great contribution. It has last for ten years and is successful so we are intrigued to study it. Thanks to the tenth year anniversary activities they held, we got to experience how an enterprise manages the business.

2. Summary of Our Project

We started to collect information and select our team members on September, 2015. Our project is divided into five categories. We opened a Facebook group and invited team members, parents and teachers who were involved to provide information. Also, we shared photos and videos of the project making process here. We visited related places, had interviews, did charity sale, made related products…etc. moreover, we learned how to keep bees at school, got to know bee’s ecology and introduced it too younger students. Our project is divided into five categories: 1. About the enterprise: introduction, visions, products, interview with the founder 2. Bees’ ecosystem: Victoria Bee Co., crisis 3. Bee farmers: A big family, interviews with farmers 4. Contribution: education, charity, eco 5. Hands-on: publicity, making products, exhibitions, charity sale, guided tour

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:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

The major problems we had were keeping up with the schedule, appraisal, summary…etc. When preparing with items for charity sale, we needed extra people to help because we fell behind schedule. Also, we had to categorize the items according to the price range we set, TWD $10, $20, $30, $50, $100 and $150, and we were very troubled about that , so we kept seeking advices from our teachers. We sold bee wax lip balms on our sports day. Most parents were busy watching the games and didn’t have time to shop. Afterwards, we sold these through Facebook and got about forty left. Therefore, some of us tried to sell these to staff and foreign teachers in person at school, and eventually these were sold out. Regarding interviews, the difficult part was organizing key points. When interviewees answered our questions, we had to take notes as quick as possible, and when we got back to school, we had to sort these notes immediately. Sometimes, what they talked about was so professional for us to understand. We had to ask them right away.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

The pollen a bee collects all its life can’t make a tablespoon of honey, but it works diligently still. We’d like to learn from bees to make contributes to the society. Let the seed of good grow forever.

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

We chose bees as our research subject and planned to include different grades and scientific fields. Bee study requires long term observation. Senior students in elementary school are able to acquire fundamental skills, enhance personal multiple intelligences and being motivated in learning by doing the Cyberfair project. We had interviews with enterprises to learn about their management. Also, we did publicity, marketing, made products related to bees, did charity sale and donated the authorities to help PVS and low-income households to let the seed of good grow In students’ hearts.

Project Elements

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

Computers, laptops, smart phones, cameras, MFP, facebook group, books, newspaper, phones, internet, usb

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

We’ve had lots of interviews, been keeping in touch with the locals for this project, and visited Bee Museum frequently. With the help of this museum, we got to have an in-depth interview with a bee farmer they work with. We learned about their situations and issues. Mr. Cheng, the manager, practiced a cycle of three good aspects for the tenth anniversary: balance eco system, care for bee farmers and social charity. They hold charity events every year, so we decided to work with them for charity sale. We did publicity, and many parents made donations. This charity sale got a lot of support by many people. Thanks to everybody’s effort, we earned $100, 000 NTD. We donated the money to Genesis Social Welfare Foundation. Tourists around were so touched by our deeds. Some of them said this event was significant. Moreover, we made natural lip balms and honey water, and sold them on sports day. We donated what we earned to children from remote countryside in Douliu. The mayor was very moved by this.

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

The two kernels of how we worked on this project are share and experience. We made bee related products on our own and did charity sale. We donated the money to PVS and low-income households. This helped students learn about doing good and keep doing it. Team members conquered their fear of bees, and became good friends with them. This made more students concerned about bee crisis.

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

We’ve got many helpers, and students learned a lot from them. Such as, Mr. Chi Cheng, founder of Bee Museum and Ms. Shu-Ting Cheng, the manager, shared a lot of business management visions and ideas of payback. Mr. Hung-Kai Cheng, marketing, shared important things about marketing. Mr. Tsang-Fu Tu, a farmer, shared how to balance ecology and agriculture management through pollination. Uncle Tseng, a bee farmer, shared the recent difficulties and issues of beekeeping. Professor Yu-Wen Chen from department of biotechnology and animal science of Yilan University shared his beekeeping experience and the method of improving pesticide residue. Ms. Ssu-Hui Li from Genesis Social Welfare Foundation organized charity sale with us. Ms. Shu-Ya Hsieh, mayor of Douliu, our students’ parents, our staff… were all very helpful with interviews and activities.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We learned about bees’ society and the important role bees play in multiplying fruits. Also, regarding bee crisis, without bees’ pollination, we might get out of food. We should avoid certain two kinds of pesticide to protect bees. The biggest surprise is that bees can produce a lot of things, and these are honey, royal jelly, propolis, bee wax, pollen…etc.


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