On the 18th, November 2017 I volunteer to go to Kompong Spue province which is my hometown, to help to translate for doctors in Khmer Sight Found. Khmer Sigh Foundation is a non-profit organization who help people that have eye issue, Khmer Sight Foundation decided to go a rural village name Chba Chrus to help people who can’t afford eye surgery and medicine. There were 10 Liger students volunteer to translate including me. At Chbar Chrus the doctors screening all the passions to find 15 passions who need to eye surgery. After screening and found all 15 passions who need eye surgery, we come back to Phnom Phen with the passions who need the surgery also.
Hello my exploration is Hidden voice our group have 13 students and our facilitator is three is Sopporn Trish and Rich. Our goal for this exploration is to find old song befor Khmer rouge. Our group had when to a lot provide to to interview the villager to find old song and we have whent to Kompong Spue and Mondulkiri and we have interviewed the Bunong people and people in Kompong spue market and famous singer. Our group had when to Camkid school to interview the old elder in Chba chrus village in Kompong Speu province. And our group had interview Liger student’s parent by phone. Our Exploration want to show the world and Cambodian about the art of singing in the old day in the 60s.
For this first exploration term of our six school years, I started in Dinosaur exploration. In this exploration, our goal is to find dinosaur footprint to proof in there’s Dinosaurs in Cambodia and shear with Cambodian and everyone around the world. Our group focuses on location in Batt Dong Bong province name Ratanak Mondol. We knew this location because of Ministry of mine and energy, on 2015 department of mine and energy of Thailand work our mine and energy Cambodia to find Dinosaur footprint in Cambodia. After searching they found a place name Rattanak Mondol in Bot Dong Bong province. They claim that there’s Dinosaur footprint but, they never continue the project because both sides are busy. On April 2017, a group of Geology of Cambodia exploration when to interview the minister of mine and energy about landscape which includes me in the exploration. Before the interview ended the minister gave information about the project that he works with the department of mine and energy of Thailand, he reflects that he was busy with his works so he can’t continue the project so he wants our Liger student to work on that project because he sees our potential. After we came back from the meeting we passed the dinosaur footprint project to Mr. Jeff who’s our teacher manager, Mr. Jeff was surprised and seem interesting, so he created Dinosaur Footprint exploration for students. In the exploration we have 13 students, in the group, I think only me and Panharith who knows a lot of geology stuff more than others students because we both were in geology exploration last round. On the 1st of September 2017, our team was on the bus to go to Rattanak Mondol which located in Batdonbong province. On our investigation to find dinosaur’s footprint at Battambang province we need many supplies such as plaster of Paris, clay, measuring tapes, brushes, and cameras to take pictures; which we followed the geologist field method. First of all, we get of our van to explore the area; we had found many sites that we suspect to have the dinosaur’s footprint. After knowing the specific site of footprint, we divided into three teams to explore and did the field method to collect data about the footprints. Here is the template:
The field method is providing us to understand about the footprint and we can easily interpret the type of dinosaurs. Moreover, in the method, we record the specific location using the longitude and latitude in GPS. Additionally, in the method, we need to add the rock type too because it could help us within the past environment when dinosaurs are around in Cambodia, so in answers, the rock type that we found is primarily sandstone. Which we can interpret that the dinosaurs in Cambodia were living near the coastline, which is where the rock is formed. Furthermore, we need to take pictures of the footprints and marked the tape in order to organize with the footprints; taking pictures is really helpful because we can send those pictures to the paleontologist, so they can help us whether it is dinosaur’s footprints or not. In class or outside of we always film our self because if we are the first one to find the footprint in Cambodia, the documentary going to be great. We also make a website to share with the world about our project. After collecting all footprint data we make a report, during all class period we tried to contact to paleontologist because they are the big evident to proof this is a real dinosaur footprint. So after the seventy weeks, 10 of us still working on it as expertise because we are passionate about it.
Liger TV station
Name of Course: Liger TV Station
Learning Facilitator: Sophorn
Number of Students: 12
Dates: May 15-June 17
Course Description: In our Exploration class we have learned about plastics and also we learned how to become TV reporters. We also had a lot of trips because we wanted to know more information about plastics. For example we went to BKKM (Boeung Keng Kong Market), City mall, Cintri and the Ministry of Environment. The reasons why we went on the trips were because we wanted to know how the people use the plastics each day. We wanted to compare which market uses a lot of plastics. When we went on the trip we also interviewed the sellers and the buyers about the plastics. The questions that we asked them were important for us and they also told us a lot of information that they knew. When we went to the Cintri we can know how they work. Cintri has one important idea like how to help the environment. They told us that if we wanted the people to follow us like they use less plastics it needs to start from you. Then when they see us do that they will do too. In class we also learned about plastics and we made the TV channel about plastic so other people can know how bad the plastics are and the problems to the environment and animals, when there are plastics a lot. So our group did the presentation to the people in the community that is near our school. Some people they nearly cry because they know about it and never hear the children can know a lot of information about plastics. When we were in class we divided it in the groups, some people wrote the reflection when we came back from the trip and put it in the blog and some people edited the video. Some time when we went to trip like go to BKKM we went with other groups that learn about plastics, so can share our ideas and some people they can get new ideas.
Exploration name: Ecotourism
Exploration dates: August 13-October 3, 2014
Number of students: 13
(1) What is ecotourism?
(2) How can ecotourism help change our country?
Ecotourism means to travel to natural areas that protect environment and help people life at location became better. Ecotourism was also about helping to preserve the environment. Our ecotourism group went to Chi Phat to study about the ecotourism in Chi Phat. Also we learned about how ecotourism in Chi Phat are different from other ecotourism sites. Our big goal when we went to Chi Phat was to interview as many people as possible. We interviewed different people to get different answers and all the people had different perspectives. After we interviewed a lot of people we came back and studied about the information we found some areas of concern. Our group made a recommendation to Chi Phat community about the areas of concern. Some areas of concern are education, transportation, marketing, collaboration, and energy. After we finished we will send it to Martin and Prom Hong, the CBET (Community Based Ecotourism Site) directors.
Dates: November 24, 2014-February 6, 2015
Number of students: 13
Learning Facilitator: Kichong
- How do you start a business?
- What was the main thing you learned during Entrepreneurship?
- Write the six terms you think are most important. Why do you think they are most important?
- If you could do Entrepreneurship Exploration again, what would you do differently? What product? What team? How to sell? Etc.
Description: Our Exploration was about Entrepreneurship, which means to create something new and that you are passionate about. Basically this Exploration was about how to start a business. Also, this business was not about a big company, but it was about being creative to make a product. After that we printed our product by using a 3D printer. 3D printer is the printer that can print our product from the plastic and it can make three dimensions. First we needed to think about the idea. After we needed to make a prototype to show the people. Then we needed to ask the people for the feedback or anything that they want to change. After that we needed to make a team and then we changed our product, so that it was improved based on what customers need. Then we needed to choose who was our leader. The leader was a person that guided and helped to improve our team. Also, a leader always went first or at the front. For example, when we went to interview the people, the leader could go first to tell them who we are. Finally we could make our product in the 123 D design program and then send it to the printer. The printer will print our product depending on what our product was about.
The main thing that I learned during Entrepreneurship was being a good leader. Also, I learned how to think creatively and about marketing, accounting and designing. Basically I learned how to make a product that could reduce people’s problem.
The six terms that always came up to my mind were RESILIENCE, BIAS, PROACTIVE, PROCESS, INTEGRITY and PROFIT. Why did I choose resilience? I chose resilience because in the business when something bad happened you couldn’t give up, you have to push yourself forward and keep going when things are bad. When you push yourself forward, you had to think if there is anything that you could improve to make your business become better. When you had the product to sell you were not supposed to be biased because all the people had the money to pay you, not just the person that you were biased to that had the money to pay for your product. Another important term that I always thought of was proactive because if you want to make a successful business you have to cause something to happen not just wait for it to happen. Also, being an entrepreneur you have to make your own process. You are the only one who knows how to achieve the big goal because you made your own steps already. For sure in entrepreneurship, you have to have integrity to your team or your own business otherwise your business will fail because nobody would trust you. Why do you want to make a business? For sure every person all around the world starts their business because they want a lot of profit in order to feed themselves or their family.
Exploration Name: Life on Border
Exploration Dates: March 10 – May 2
Number of Students: 15
(1) What do students know about planning and running Exploration projects?
(2) What are the steps of running Exploration project?
(3) How to keep track ofworking process?
(4) How to use resources efficiently and transparently?
(5) How is the situation of people living along the border such as: education, health, economic and immigration?
(7) Why do people move there?
(8) What are the advantages and disadvantages of living there?
In our Life On Border group we learned a lot of things about border. Students know how to run the Exploration very well. Students know the goal to run their project. The first step that we can run our project is we learn about our goal. Our goal is Project Summary, Project Outcome, Project Mentors, Field Experiences, 21st Century Learning Skills and Core Curriculum Areas. After we learned about our goal we planned and thought. The situation of the people that live along the border is normal. Some people don’t have money so they don’t have work. Some people go to find work at Thailand so when the people go already some of the people can’t come back. People’s health is not so good at the border because they don’t have money to buy their food. They move to the border because if the people have the money they come to border to sell something because the border have a lot of people came from Russia to the Cambodia. So that why people want to make their business there. The advantage to live there is there are not a lot of bad people at there so it safe for people. The disadvantage to live there is if people don’t have money and they don’t have work they will not be safe for their life. We went to the border to learn and we saw some people have a work and some people don’t have work. Some people have a work but it like cart worker it is not easy to get the money. We interview the cart worker and the sellers. We went to casino to visit, but we didn’t get a chance to go in.
Exploration Name: Forest Ecology
Exploration Dates: Oct 7, 2013 – Nov 19, 2013
Number of students: 12
Essential Questions: (1) What is an ecosystem? (2) What is a natural resource?
Description: An ecosystem is the living things and the non-living things connecting with each other. The one example is algae. Algae take the sunlight for food and fish eat algae and then people eat fish. This is one connection. In Ecosystems class we had a journey book to take notes or write keywords that we don’t know what that word means. In Ecology class the first topic that we learned was tropical forest. We did not just learn only tropical forests but we also learned a lot of kinds of forests like conifers and others. A tropical forest is the forest that has rain a lot all year. We also learned about ecological relationships. Ecological relationships mean that one organism and another organism connect with each other. Ecological relationships are divided in five parts. They are parasitism, commensalism, predator-prey, mutualism, and competition. Our Ecology group went to Mondulkiri province to study there. We spent six days at Mondolkiri. We met a lot of people like Bunong people. O
n Saturday we came back to our school and we shared what we learned.
Exploration Name: Khmer Architecture
Exploration Date: November 20-January 17
Number of students: 12
(1) What is the meaning of architecture?
(2) What information should I know about architecture?
(3) What does Khmer architecture look like?
(4) What are the differences between ancient and modern architecture?
(5) How do we create architecture?
Architecture is the process of planning, designing and constructing. When we work on architecture with these three things we have to think about durability, utility and beauty. So in our Exploration we learned about architecture in Cambodia. For example: in Cambodia there are many houses, buildings and also the temples. The Khmer architecture was different than the other countries because like the Angkor Wat is made from the big rocks and the foundation that they built is layers of rocks and sand. But in the other countries, like in the U.S.A, there are not really the buildings that have the foundation like that. Before, the buildings in Cambodia were not that big. The houses were also not that big and were not made from cement like right now. Now when they make the houses, they put many colors and many styles that they want. But at the past, the Khmer buildings were not too big and did not have many styles like now. Just the temples had many styles that Khmer ancestors made by hand with the big rocks. On the big rocks they made the big sculptures that showed about Khmer history. To do the architecture we have to follow the theory of architecture and do it step by step. In this group we went on the trip to Siem Reap to learn how did the Khmer ancestorsbuild the temples. Other than that we also went to some places in Phnom Penh. We went to Central Market, Olympic Stadium and PPIT. That is the school that teaches about the architecture.
Exploration Name: Renewable Energy in Cambodia (Poo)
Exploration Dates: Oct 7 to Nov 19
Number of students: 13 students
1. Are biogas and solar energy sources practical and cost effective in Cambodia?
2. What are the benefits and drawbacks to using biogas and solar energy in Cambodia?
In our Exploration class we had three things to work on. The first area was the solar system. The solar system is a resource that can create the energy from the sun. Solar has four types: solar panel, solar cooker, solar water heater and solar lamp. A solar panel is the solar thing that creates the energy to run the electricity. A solar cooker is the solar thing that creates the energy for cooking. A solar water heater is the solar thing the creates the energy to turn the normal water to the hot water. A solar lamp is the solar thing that creates the energy to light the house if that house doesn’t have the electricity. The next thing that we learned about was the biodigester. A biodigester is a natural system that can create biogas by using poo from the animals. Cow poo is the best. It has a lot of benefits. Example: (1) saving the money, (2) healthier than using firewood, (3) save a tree. The last thing that we learned was about hydroelectricity. Hydroelectricity is a thing that creates the energy by using water. It usually is built over the river. The biggest dam in the world is in China. Our goal was to make Cambodians know that all of these things can create energy. Also we wanted them to use these three things because they are good and can save a lot of money. We also had a trip too. The trip was to go to Kampong Speu. Our target was to install two biodigesters. We install them in Camkids and the orphanage called HAP because we wanted to make them easy instead of using the firewood. Both of the biodigesters cost $1100. When we went to to Kampong Speu we also taught some students too. We also slept at Kampong Speu too. We had good days when we were in Kampong Speu.