STEMgineering Exploration – Round 4

What is this Exploration?

STEMgineering is an exploration that studied about engineering, type of engineering and creating STEM project for government students to become interested and excited in STEM because the government school’s curriculum doesn’t include this subject. And the main goal of this exploration.  As we come up with the STEM project ideas that all children all over Cambodia can use, we had to think that the projects have to be sustainable and Cambodia-friendly.

What have we learned about engineer in this exploration?

Before starting this STEM project ideas, we got introduced to engineer, type of engineer and what they do. We started with all of the six simple machines such as wheel and axle, lever, pulley, inclined plane, wedge and screw. To learn about this, we divided into group and research one type of the machine, then we’ll share with our classmate through presentation. We also get to do an activity about this which finding the material with these simple machines in campus and watch many videos related to the topic to understand more about it. After that, we had learned about the Design process which is the series of step that engineer follow to come up with a solution to the problem. After learning and following all these steps, our projects is really effective.

Our STEM project!

Then, we started brainstorming ideas of the projects that we wanna create for the government school. And what i’ve learned about brainstorming ideas is that it’s all about “quantity, not quality”. We we successfully creating and prototyping our projects, we went to two different government schools to showcase our project. The challenge that we face is that it’s hard to get those students engage with our project. However, as we had this experience, we tried to play games with them first to get to know more about each other in our second trip and that was successful. The students learned a lot and they were so excited in STEM. This make me felt so happy and proud and teaching, explaining other people is my favorite thing to do. Overall, i’ve learned much about engineering in this exploration and this was my first engineering class ever.

Math – Round 4

Math class is almost the same as every round except this round, we started learning both 6A and 6B book combine together because we’re higher now. This round, the 4 main lessons that we had took in class is volume & words problem, data analysis, percentages and angles. While studying the data analysis lesson, we had a project in team called Data Collection which we chose a topic to research and survey to collect all the data and input into the graph. After that, we wrote a report about this study. To me, I feel like percentages is the hardest amongst these four lessons because it kinds of tricky and as you know that we always have assignments in Khan academy, so once I did the word problems in the Khan academy, it was a little tricky that it took me more time to finish those assignments. However I can overcome those problems and be able to explain my friends which make me feel so proud and impress. Also, help explaining other people makes me feel so happy when they understand the problems and this also inspired me to keep enjoying learning math. So the last lesson that we had for this round is angles and I feel this is not really difficult for me because I had learned many times before.

Multimedia – Round 4

In multimedia class this round is almost the same as last round because we’re still learning about Python programming language. However, this round we’ve did many exercise in CodeClub. In all of those exercises, I didn’t have much problems with writing the code because the code had been provided already and I can just follow the instruction that they provided. For me, It doesn’t matter if i can write all of those codes by myself or not but my goal is to just understand all of the codes and see how much did I learn from it. For example, I’ve did the RPG assignment and there are many code that provided for me already and i just have to follow the instruction and try to understand those codes. Though, it was hard to understand at the first time as it was so messy, i tried to look through it one by one with patient. When, it comes to the place that i didn’t  know or struggling to understand, i always asked my friends because this is an independent work. So, there was no teacher and I have to learned, figure out things by myself and use the resources that I have. From this exercise, I’ve learned that next time when I open the code and see many code like this exercise, I won’t be so stress and get confuse by that, I have to look at it slowly and try to understand one by one or else i will run into the problems. Overall, this round had taught me a lot, not only coding skill or lessons but also some life skills that i would need in the future.

Literacy- Round 3

Each round, we have a different theme for literacy class. This round our theme is Search For Identity. We did some writing, one is about my name that was inspired by Esperanza in “ The House On Mango Street ” book. We wrote about our own name, where is it come from, what is the meaning, do we like it or would we like to change our name and more. Despite, we wrote a poem about “I Am From” which was inspired by George Ella Lyon and this is also her poem’s template. After that, we started studying novel book, which we divided into different teams and read different books. For my group, we read “Looking For Alaska”. This book is kind of mature than my age, however, I will get through it. Not only reading but also we have discussion in group every week on Monday. In the discussion, we also have different roles such as Sumarizeer, Visualizer, Symbolizer, Inferencer and last which is Word detective. Overall, this was a really nice round and reading novel books is also my passion.

Below is my writing that I did this round: 

I am From Poem

My Name

STEM- Round 3

Basically, in this round, our topic is more related to Chemistry which we learned about Carbon.  In this topic, we learned about the properties of carbon, hydrocarbon, and Carbon & living things which is the Carbon Cycle. I had learned many new terms in the Carbon Cycle which are respiration, combustion and more. During class, we did many activities in groups and what I remembered the most is answering 10 questions about the Carbon Cycle. For all these questions, I thought they’are kind of hard, however, we still did it. Along with this, we also did an experiment called Black Snake Experiment. For this experiment, we only use baking soda and sugar mixture and fuel to ignite the reaction. When the baking soda gets hot, it will produce carbon dioxide which is the black piece like a snake. After we did the experiment, our assignment was to write a lab report for this experiment and this was my first time writing the lab report. Finally, this experiment is fun, simple and I also understand more from this experiment.

 

Multimedia- Round 3

 For the past weeks, we started learning deeply into programming, we took a lesson on “Python” which is a type of programming language and the conditions. In the first week of the round, we Learned about Python’s simple Conditionals such as Booleans, Comparisons, Indentation, If statement, Elif statement, Else statement, And, Or, Not. After that, we learned more deeply into Python For loop which is Break Statement, Continue Statement and range function. First, I felt that it’s fun, simple and not that hard, however, as we go further I didn’t feel like that anymore because it went harder and harder than it was. As we learned more conditions, there are more lines of code that we have to write. Also, it’s more difficult, sometimes, It took me so much time and I still couldn’t solve it and I felt so stressed. However, I still get through it because the teacher help explained as well as my friend. Even though it’s hard but at the same time, I found that I’ve learned a lot. Also, we practice on Codecademy whenever we finished having a lesson about it and we have assignments on Codeboard every week. To sum up, this has been a great and tough round also.

Math- Round 3

Math is always been my favorite class. In this round, we received a new workbook which is 5B. So far, I’ve been learning about the Decimal chapter, including, converting from fraction to decimal, from decimal to fraction, round the decimal, estimate the value and last the four operations which are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Besides that, we took a lesson on the binary number as well because it related to decimal. I’ve known about the binary number a little bit before as the teacher had introduced us since the first year at Liger. We did some group activities about this lesson and also played a game about it which was so fun. No matter we received a new book, started a new round, but we still did exercises in a group and besides that, we did some old and new group activities as usual. The reason is that as you all know that collaboration and teamwork is the important skill of our future. I think that’s all we’ve learned in math class this round, and I feel like this round seems too short as we didn’t get to learned much lessons.

 

Indigenous Community Exploration-Round 3

     Indigenous Community is an exploration that studies about some indigenous communities in Cambodia. Specifically, we had learned two indigenous communities which are “Kui” ( Preah Vihear ) and “Stieng” ( Kratie ). In these two communities, We learned about their culture, daily life, the people, their beliefs, education, the ceremonies in their community and more. The goal of this exploration is to promote and preserve their people and cultures to Cambodian as well as to the world. Not only this, but this exploration is also want us to improve interviewing skills, writing skills, designing skill, as well as video skill.  By the end of this exploration, we aimed to have two products finished which are a book for Kui indigenous community and a video for Stieng community. So, we divided into two groups also, some students work on a book of Kui community and some students work on a video of Stieng community.

In order to have these products finished, we had a trip to Kratie and Preah Vihear provinces for 2 nights and three days to do research and seeking for the information. After the trip, we collected all of the information to put into the book and the video. For the students that responsible for the video, they started work on the video, editing, and include the subtitle into the video. For the students that responsible for the book, we started writing in English and Khmer and input it into software for designing a book which is Adobe Indesign. As you know that our exploration has only seven weeks and we had only 2 or 3 weeks left to create this book before Sharation so that we had to rush and what I am really proud to myself and other teammate is that it took us only 1 day to complete the whole book. Moreover, to improve the quality of the book we took another trip to Preah Vihear province for a night to verify the information with the people there.

Finally, By having this exploration I’ve learned about Kui and Stieng Indigenous a lot, including the people, they are very kind and I think I had impacted their community by creating these two products for them.

Changing Cambodia- 2017-2018

      As you know, Cambodia isn’t a developed country. So, It needs a lot of changes. Changing Cambodia is huge, strenuous, but if you have passion about it, it won’t be that hard. For me, even though, the changes are small or big, it still calls a change and it is what I have thought about since I was young. I want my country looks beautiful and peaceful, no thief, no traffic accident, no violent, no drugs and more.  I believe that I can’t make big changes in Cambodia unless I had made small changes first and I can’t change Cambodia without having “ Education”. Education is very important to me and to everyone. With education comes opportunities. So, if you have a high education you have more abilities to change Cambodia. So let’s learn together to have the education to change your country! Below are what I have done in making changes in Cambodia.

  • First Exploration: Amazing Bamboo:

In this exploration, I learned about bamboo as a sustainable alternative material for building, for food, for medicine…. and I also made many products using bamboo as the main material. It is very fascinating. There are many things that I didn’t know about bamboo, but after this exploration, I learned a lot and now I know that bamboo can be used to make many things, it is a good alternative. One thing that I’m very interested about bamboo is that it is the fastest growing plant in the world and it can grow 90 cm per day. It just the type of grass. And it grows anywhere accept North pole. Also, it can live for a long time that  I couldn’t believe (60 years-120 years). Wow, that is really cool! I shared my knowledge with other people too, I told people what is special about bamboo and The things that can be made using bamboo, now they learned more, now they know more information about bamboo and they know a lot of things that can be made using bamboo, so they can make a job that making things using bamboo, which also develops our economy .

  • Second Exploration: Entrepreneurship:

Making a business is not as easy as I had thought before after learning in Entrepreneurship exploration. everyone has to worry about many things, especially,  about falling. But that’s okay, You won’t succeed, unless you had felt. And if you felt, you have to start thinking of new ideas, try to avoid wasting time. As you can see that many successful entrepreneurs never succeed unless they had felt many times, but when they felt, what did they do? They try to think of new ideas! They don’t waste the time! Because they always think that Time is Money, time is very important, it can’t be replaced. In this exploration, I learned about making a business and I learned many skills that help my business work well. There are 15 students in the exploration and facilitator Keith put us into a group of 3 people and brainstorm the ideas of what business do we want to make that can help to solve the problems in Cambodia. My group focus on the education theme which we want to create something that can help the people to gain more knowledge by using our product. because we want to make a product that can help people to gain more knowledge and also to have fun, so, we decided to make a board game about general knowledge. They can play our board game when they feel bored and while playing it they gain more knowledge too. After we made it, we went to other schools to get feedback and take those feedback to improve our product. Then, we have to set a price for our product because we gonna sell it, but before that, we have to calculate the cost, how much does it cost us to make one of this board game and how much time did we spend to make one board game. So, there are many processes in making a business. Then, we went outside to other schools to sell our products and in total, we sold 5 of our products.  So, after this exploration, I’ve learned and understood more about the entrepreneur and I also made change by creating this board game. At last, I want to say that if one person making one business that helps to solve a problem in our society, and there are millions of people in our country so there will be a lot of changing in Cambodia and our country will become a developed country in one day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Geography Book:  

Making the geography book of Cambodia is a huge and arduous project. We need many skills and some core values such as determination, Stewardship, Optimism ingenuity..etc. in order to make this marvelous book. When I was young, I thought that making a book is easy, We only have to write paragraphs and copy the information and combine it into a book. However, after I have learned in this exploration, my thought had changed, I don’t think it is easy anymore because we have to do a lot of things and take a long time to do it. As the author, the most important part is that we have to make sure that the information makes sense to the reader, is it understandable and Does it has the sources and is the sources are reliable?  We have to provide all those information in the book. This year, I have an exploration that called Geography book design team and I also have it since the first year too. There are 8 members of our team. For the first year, I’ve learned about the software that creates the book first, which is Adobe Indesign. There are two seniors that teach us how to use the software because they have used it to make the book, so they know a lot. We’ve learned many skills in Adobe InDesign. When I first saw it, I thought that it’s so messy and it’s hard but after I have learned how to use it, I found that it isn’t as hard as I’ve thought before. For this year, we divided into three geography exploration, which are the content team, the editing team, and the design team. We started designing the book in the software after we got the information done by the two team. The book will have all of the information about 25 provinces in Cambodia. The goal of creating this book is to share with the government students and to other people who interested in learning about Cambodia and the book will be published soon. I put a lot of determination and I’m happy to make this book to share with other people. Finally, I did create change in Cambodia because I am part of creating this book to share will all the students and people to know and learn more about Cambodia, about their own country. Also, I hope this book will help people in their learning and their work.

  • World Story Exchange:

In my first year at Liger, I have a project which is creating a short video to share my story and to inspire people around the world. This short project was lead by two of the visitors that came from another country which are Lindsay and Scott. They come from the United State and they travel to many schools around the world to do this project. I learned many things such as how to make a video, photography skill and writing skill.  In my video, I introduced myself and some activities that I usually do such as handball which is one of my favorite sport, reading, and advertise our traditional dance. Also, I included three messages to inspire people when they watch my video and those messages are Play sports every day make you healthy and strong, In your free time, you can continue to keep learning, and the last one is to keep trying until you are successful. Even Though I didn’t actually go to inspire and encourage or share my life to them in a real conversation but I did it by creating a video, which I think it is really cool and it is not boring too. Finally, I think that this video and all of these inspirational messages will be helpful to people and will be useful in their life.

https://ligerstories.blogspot.com/p/stay-active-by-molinaka.html

  • Technovation Challenge  is a 3 months technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women from all over the world. It is open for girls only that has age between 10 to 18 years old.  It happening once a year. This competition is we have to create a team of two to five people and each team have to create an app that helps to solve the problem in our society that we face. So, in a team, there are some peoples working on coding and some working on the business. I have joined this competition for two years. So, I have more experience.  For the first year, our team creates an app call Pre-health which demonstrates people about lifestyles such as nutrition, activities, and sleep. Pre stand for preventive. After learning and creating an app we have to submit our work to the global judges. Also, we have a pitch in Cambodia which is a national pitch event. It’s a competition just to celebrate Technovation in Cambodia and this we have to present our idea in front of 300-400 people and the judges. The team that will win is a team that has good ideation and good presentation skill and our team won. We are satisfied and so proud of ourselves. We were as happy as we get a million dollar. However, my team didn’t pass to the global. Luckily, one of our school’s team passed to global to San Francisco, United State and they have to compete with other teams from other countries. For the second year, we created an app called Toporist. It is an app that both national and international tourists to find places to visit in Cambodia, especially to know more about the hidden places in Cambodia. Also, we help to promote ancient and old architectures, including attractive places, because we want to develop our country. Unfortunately, my team didn’t any for this year and we were a bit upset, but we’re glad that we also gain more knowledge and experiences from this year. Finally, I think these apps are enough to help people to know more about the lifestyle, what they should do? And What they should eat? And also help tourists to know more about the hidden places in Cambodia and help preserve the ancient and old architectures. It’s also developing Cambodia economy by increasing the number of tourists come to Cambodia.

 

  • Conclusion:

       In conclusion, throughout the past two years, I have made changes in Cambodia, even though those are small changes, but I very appreciate it and I’m so proud of myself.  At first, I want to change Cambodia but I have no idea of how I can change Cambodia but after I have learned all of these explorations and participated in all of these opportunities, those social events, it helps me to learn more and get more ideas of how I can change my country. Overall, all of the changes that I have made are all related to education, so I realized that I can’t change Cambodia without education and I will try all my best to participate in more different events to acquire new experiences for changing Cambodia.

 

 

 

 

 

Khmer Class- Round 2

     នៅវគ្គសិក្សាទី២​នេះ ពួកយើងបានបន្តធ្វើការស្រាវជ្រាវអំពីប្រភេទកំណាព្យនីមួយៗសម្រាប់ដាក់បញ្ចូល នៅក្នុងសៀវភៅកំណាព្យដែលពួកយើងមានគម្រោងនឹងបង្កើតតាំងពីវគ្គសិក្សាមុន។ បន្ទាប់ពីនោះ ពួកយើងក៏បានសិក្សាអំពី រឿងកុលាបប៉ៃលិន ដែលនិពន្ធដោយលោកកវីដ៏ល្បីមួយរូប នៅក្នុងប្រទេសកម្ពុជាគឺ លោកញ៉ុកថែម។ រឿងប្រលោមលោកមួយនេះ ពោរពេញទៅដោយសេចក្ដីអបើរំជាច្រើន​ និងផ្នត់គំនិតចាស់ៗពីជំនាន់មុន។ ក្រៅពីសិក្សាអំពីសាច់រឿង ពួកយើងក៏បានរៀនអាន ចេះលើកដាក់សម្លេងទៅតាមតួអង្គ និងចាត់តួអង្គម្នាក់មួយៗ។ ចំណែកអ្នកដែលសេសសល់គឺជាអ្នកពោល។នៅពេលពិធីបុណ្យអុំទូក អកសំបុក និង សំពះព្រះខែជិតមកដល់ លោកគ្រូក៏ឲ្យយើងសិក្សាស្រាវជ្រាវអំពី ប្រវត្តិនៃពិធីបុណ្យ គោលបំណង និងសកម្មភាពផ្សេងៗ ដែលប្រជាជនធ្វើនៅថ្ងៃបុណ្យជាក្រុម តាមរយៈអុីនធើណេតដើម្បីឲ្យយល់កាន់តែច្បាស់។ ពួកយើងក៏បានសិក្សាស្រាវជ្រាវអំពីបុណ្យកឋិនផងដែរ។ នៅពេលបញ្ចប់ ពួកយើងក៏បានចែករំលែកចំណេះដឹងជាមួយនឹងមិត្តរួមថ្នាក់ដោយការធ្វើបទបង្ហាញ។ ជាចុងក្រោយខ្ញុំគិតថានៅក្នុងវគ្គសិក្សានេះពិតជាមានភាពសប្បាយ និងទទួលបានចំណេះដឹងជាច្រើនអំពីការអានក៏ដូចជាវាក្យស័ព្ទថ្មីៗឬពិបាកៗ រួមទាំងដឹងច្បាស់អំពីបុណ្យជាតិរបស់ខ្លួនចែមទៀតផង។