Name of Course: Entrepreneurship
This is the round four entrepreneurship exploration. In this exploration students divided into four different jobs and they are product development team, financial and pitch team, outreach team and advertising team. I was the members of the advertising team. In this advertising team, I and my other two members was working on our facebook page call Cambodian Dynamite. Basically, we want more people to know about our business so we tried to keep updating the page as much as possible. Beside working in the group I also learn a lot of vocab that we use a lot in the class. One special thing that I enjoy to learn from my facilitator is 12 steps to start business. Another special part of this class is to play a game to learn about investing money. This game was requiring everyone to choose one or more companies to invest and we have $10000 for the start. Some students lost some of their money and some students gain more money. My highlight in this project is to work on the facebook page. In the facebook page, we put some videos, photos and some of the writing. Entrepreneurship is a hard lesson for me, but I still enjoy learning it.
Name of Course: Games Around the World
Learning Facilitator: Caroline
Number of Students: 6 students
Our exploration is called Games Around the World, basically games around the world doesn’t mean to the online games or any sport games but it is refer to the informal or playground games. Our members decide to make a survey to ask students and the staff in Liger about the games, how to play and materials we need for the game. Almost everyone submitted the form and we get a lot games from the student and the staff in Liger. Also we sent the survey to the people at another country who we know. Some of them response our mail and some are not. Not just that we also tried to research more game on internet, especially how to play. After getting so many games we create a blog to put the game in and also we attach the google form if anybody would like to put more games.
Name of Course: FLL robotic
Learning Facilitator: Karen
Number of Students: 5 students
Our exploration is FLL robotics. Our team name LLC Cambot (Liger Learning Center Cambodia Robot). There are five of students in the exploration and four mentors. Our mentors taught us how to program and build the robot the compete the robot challenge game in 2 minutes 30 seconds. Also our group are working on the project which is about waste. Our team choose plastic bag to be our topic for the waste because in Cambodia there are many people consume plastic bag everyday. We also made a book to teach the kid how to reduce plastic bag. We all went to Singapore to do the robot competition and presented to the judge about our project.
Date: August 13 – October 3, 2014
Learning Facilitator: Kichong
Number of students: 12
Our exploration is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is about business, which is about selling and marketing and other stuff. Basically our exploration is about inventing the product from 3D printer and how to start the business. 3D printer is a type of machine that printed the object. There are many types of 3D printers, like metal 3D printer, plastic 3D printer, food 3D printer, etc. For our class we use plastic 3D printer. The first step that we need to work on is thinking and deciding the product that you want to print out and sell. We need to make the prototypes and show people, also find out the design that we are going to print out. Then we need to ask people for feedback or some changes that people give. The program that we use to print out is 123D design to design the product and print it out. Finally we take that product that we print out and go to sell at different places.
The main thing of entrepreneurship exploration that I learned about is collaborating with team. I know it’s tough to collaborate in team because sometimes our teammates aren’t agree your idea and a few of time we have a small argument.
Exploration Name: Social Business
Exploration Dates: Nov 20 – Dec 17
Number of Students: 12
Essential Questions: How does social business alleviate poverty? What is the role of women in microcredit systems?
In Social Business class we learned about microfinance, Tong Tin and saving money. Microfinance is the bank that is for the poor people to loan the money. We learned about microfinance in Cambodia. We went on a trip to interview community people about microfinance. They microfinance is good for them because they can loan the money to make the business. We learned about Tong Tin. Tong Tin is very common at Cambodia. At Cambodia people like to play Tong Tin because they can win money on it but it might take a long time like maybe one year or more. Tong Tin can be bad and can be good. The bad thing about that game is we need to pay a lot of interest. The good thing is we can win the money. One day we learned how to play Tong Tin. We also learned about saving money. We went to Phnom Penh to visit the Kok Tha. Kok Tha is the manager of a savings group. We had a lot of trips and it was very helpful for our team.
Exploration Name: Liger Water System
Exploration Dates: August 12 – September 26
Number of Students: 12
Description: In our water group we learned about the pH of water. The full words of pH is Percent Hydrogen. That is the kind of scale that people use to measure the acids and bases. The scale of pH is 0-14. From 0-7 is acidic, 7-14 is basic and 7 is neutral. The hydrogen (H+) is acid and hydroxide (OH-) is base. When we learned about pH we did the experiment with 13 liquid things. For ex: the coca-cola and pond water. The coca-cola was 2.0 so it means acidic. If we drink it a lot like every day we would get sick but if we drink in 1 week only 1 it will be good. The pond was 10.0 so it means basic and if it has a lot of basic like this it also not good for our health either. So we can eat or drink only higher than 7 to 9 or lower than 7 to 5, so it not really have many bases or acids. In this class we also studied about algae. Algae is the kind of plants that live in water and it uses the sun as it food. When this plant lives in water it will make water become basic. We studied our own pond at Liger to learn about this. One other thing that we learned was the water cycle. We learned when the sun rises then it does the evaporation with water. When water goes up it is not yet become the clouds but when the temperature is cool then it makes condensation so it becomes the cloud. When the cloud in the sky catches the cool temperature it will become the rain again. To learn about water we went on the trip to RDI. RDI is the place that makes the water filters to sell. One thing that we learned from there is why they made this RDI place because they saw that some people here don’t have the clean water to drink so they can buy it to get the filter and clean for them. Another reason is when they sell the water filter they sell as cheaply as they can to help the people in Cambodia.
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.
Name of Course: Anatomy 3
Learning Facilitator: Jo
Number of Students:10 students
Days we meet: Thursday and Friday
Advanced Enrichment Dates: Session 3 Oct. 20 – Jan. 16
Course Description: In Anatomy class we learned about Excretory System (kidney & bladder), Muscular System (muscles) and Skin. Also we all made one presentation each to share in our class and it was about what we learned in the whole Anatomy class. We spent two weeks to do that presentation. That worked really well and everyone wrote a lot of things. We also learned about other things too. One day we learned how to use the microscope. We took fingernails or hair to practice on microscope. We tried to put any things strange like saliva and it was very surprised for us because it looked like two different things. We had some games to play and it was about muscles because we wanted to know more about different types of muscles and how to protect that muscles and to make it stronger. The muscle is help us move. Our body has 360 muscles. We also learned about skin. The skin is the largest organ in human’s body. It weighs about 5 kg and it has three layers. When the end of our class we did a test about what we had been learning before.
Exploration Name: Future Careers
Exploration Dates: March 10th – May 2nd
Number of Students: 12
1. How will jobs that help Cambodia look different in the future?
2. What motivates people to choose the job they do?
Description: In Exploration round five we learned about Future Careers. We learned about how jobs will help Cambodia in the future. On the first day, we did personal profiles. We had to include our name, our strengths, our favorite things and our goal. We did that because we wanted everyone to know us when they came to our school. We also had a trip to SGFE (Sustainable Green Fuel Enterprise). It is the place where they make charcoal out of coconut shells. It really helps Cambodia because they take the waste pickers to work in there so that they have a good job and they can get money for their children to go to school. Also, they help the environment by recycling things. The next thing we did was the research project. We researched about the global problems. We got to choose our own topics. The topics were about Mekong River, chemicals in the food, poverty, nuclear energy, dengue fever and etc. Then, we went to job shadow. It means we are the shadow of the worker. We interviewed them about how they are working. Everyone got to go to two workplaces. The places that we went to are Northbridge International School, Plantation hotel, Small Word, Osja studio, A.N.D and more.
Exploration Name: Forest Ecology
Exploration Dates: Jan 20, 2014 – Mar 7, 2014
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. On Saturday we came back to our school and we shared what we learned.