Sketch of Archilife Study Tour, July 2018
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  For the study tour of July 14, 2018, Ms. Lu Ming-yun led 34 ARF interns and their parents on an eco-tour to experience music and explore aquaponics in Daxi, Taoyuan. At the start of the day's activities, team leader Ms. Lu Ming-yun reminded everyone about things to note and what to observe, and gave the interns some background knowledge.

  The morning's itinerary was a visit to Tong Ho Music Museum. At its eco-music zone, the tour guide explained that all musical instruments in that zone are made from scrap metal or recycled objects. Making use of the characteristics, length and height of different materials, sounds are created in more imaginative ways. By trying out the eco musical instruments, interns were able to observe each medium of sound transmission, and the relationship between length, tension and pitch. In the piano factory, the tour guide began by explaining that pianos in the factory are handmade. Each upright piano requires approximately three months to build. As everyone followed the flow of the production line, the tour guide explained the assembly process for a piano, and gave a brief introduction to one of the main components of the struck string system - the hammers. Once installation of the piano struck string system is complete, it will be tuned and the keystrokes tested. The piano keys will be activated by having them hit 750 times per minute. Everyone was amazed by the operation in the striking chamber.

  After lunch, in the piano dissection zone, the tour guide explained the principle behind how the piano makes sounds, and demonstrated the sound amplification function of the soundboard. The tour guide also explained the effect of string length and thickness on the pitch of the sounds, and that tuning is adjustment of string tension. In the sound experiential zone, which showcases a wide variety of musical instruments, including percussion instruments, electronic instruments and instruments that simulate sounds of nature, the tour guide described how the instruments are used and their sound-making principles, giving everyone a deeper impression of how the instruments work. The last part of the tour was a visit to Daxi Aquaponics Workshop. The farm owner began by explaining what is aquaponics and its operating principle, and then the group was divided into three teams for a guided tour and DIY activity. The farm owner introduced fruits and vegetables grown at the farm, and fishes reared, demonstrating the actual operation of aquaponics. Pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of aquaponics, he said that aquaponics is an environmentally friendly method to produce food but fruits and vegetables grown require iron spray due to yellowing caused by iron deficiency. Finally, the interns made their DIY aquaponics pots and experienced fishing with a net, thoroughly enjoying themselves. At this point, the day's itinerary came to an end. Everyone took a group photo before heading back and looked forward to the next study tour.
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