CyberFair Project ID: 8559

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Beekeepers , the Gypsy ~ Travel from place to place for more honey
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

School: Tong-An elementary school
    Changhua, Taiwan, Taiwan

10 students, ages 10-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 23, 2021. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2020

Classes and Teachers: Chiang, Wen-Hsiung

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Fenyuan Township is located in the Bagua Mountain Range, which has always been the center of Taiwan for the production of lychees and longan. The blooming in March every year attracts a large number of bees to collect honey. Beekeepers move the beehives here to collect honey. The beekeepers will not remove the hives until the late longan season. So every once in a while, you will see cars full of beehives moving on the road.

2. Summary of Our Project

We knew Mr. Hong, who is also an alumnus and beekeeper because of the school curriculum. At first, we were curious about the life of beekeepers resembling Gypsies moving to different places. However, after going deeper into the subject of beekeeper’s life, we found out the recent Even if the beekeeper moved around to collect honey in the year, he still could not receive as much honey as before because of the death of the bees. So we started by knowing beekeepers to explore the causes of bee death and how to change our behavior to protect bees and spread this knowledge to more people.

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:more than 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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Because this subject requires contact with bees, there is a risk of being stung by bees. And there is a classmate who is allergic to bees, which caused a lot of trouble when we observe and study bees. And when the bees lack food, they are more ferocious and sting. In addition, due to lack of time, we will hold a meeting every week to discuss and build a website, and set a goal. Everyone is assigned a different job. Some teammates may not be able to turn in on time due to personal reasons, which brings us inconvenience. , Otherwise we will review our work distribution, re-adjust, let the completed teammates help those who have not completed, help each other, and give play to our team strength.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

After six months of research on the Cyberfair project, we finally have the opportunity to gain insight into the lives of beekeepers and the causes of bee deaths. Because humans spray a lot of pesticides in order to make fruit trees grow quickly or quickly eliminate pests, this has caused bees to die. We completed our theme through a lot of interviews and exercises, and actually implemented measures to protect bees, and in the process promoted many concepts of protecting bees. Even issuing questionnaires (more than 150 papers) and designing games can help more people understand how to protect bees and the environment. Our team is supported and encouraged by teachers and parents. By participating in this Internet Expo, we have gained a lot of valuable experience different from the school curriculum. We feel mixed and we have grown a lot. Working together is our best return.

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

We discussed during our lunch break, using websites making skill in computer class, analysis skill in business class, and language logic in English class. In addition to teachers help, we also visited businessmen, made some investigations ,found some books and looked for studios to learn how to make hive ,and we gained a lot.

Project Elements

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

Device name Tools Notes Hardware Computers, Laptops Execute all softwares Printer Print data and questionnaires External Hard Disk Store data, photos,videos Fiber Optical Network Network Communication Software word Word Processing photocap Image Processing and Edit Namo WebEditor ?Dreamweaver Webpage Design and Edit General Device Phone Contact Digital Cameras, Video Recorder Take photos, Record videos

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

In order to complete this CyberFair project, we interviewed Mr. Hong Chaoshi, a beekeeper, and actually participated in the work of beehive moving. After understanding the cause of the death of bees, we actively promoted how to protect bees, so we brought students, teachers and parents from other classes to get to know bees, understand the damage we cause to bees, and then started to build beehives to raise bees and plant nectar plants. . In our interview, their focus on practice moved us. I hope we can make a little contribution through this Cyberfair project and make more people aware of and care for the environment so that bees can grow safely.

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

After this topic, I not only learned about the wandering life of beekeepers, but also learned about the ecology of bees and the hazards of humans to bees. At the beginning, I envied the life of beekeepers. It seemed to be as romantic and mysterious as the Gypsies. After actually learning about it, I discovered that such an unsettled home was actually a choice they had to make for life. Coupled with the decrease of bees year by year, the inability to collect more honey makes their lives more difficult. The decrease in the number of bees is not something that ordinary people can observe and know. Only beekeepers know it. Through interviews with beekeepers, we know that the environment is in desperate need of our protection.

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

Through special research, we know that the number of bees has decreased. This can be observed from the hives we take care of. We use other classes to share experiences and design games to let others understand that the number of bees is gradually decreasing due to ecological changes. We let other students realize the seriousness of this matter, so that they can go home and ask their parents who work in agriculture to reduce the use of pesticides. We believe that the use of sharing experiences, holding events, and hands-on methods can make more people automatically become guardians of the environment, and this is actually true.


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