2015/2016 Yearly Reflection

This is the fourth year at Liger and I have made, promote and think of some changes in Cambodia. I had a lot of opportunity to do those things in different ways.

I involved in a project called Google Science Fair. It is a competition that encourages young people around the world to make changes with science. I have thought that plastic or/and polystyrene are very harmful to our environment and health, but we can’t stop people from using it because it is convenient to everyday lives. So, my project for my Google Science Fair is to develop a method of making biodegradable styrofoam. I worked on this project with my partner, Vattey. We spent seven weeks doing research and experimenting. Even though we didn’t make the styrofoam during that period of time, we want to continue working on it to help the living of people in Cambodia. I also think Google Science Fair is a new concept to Cambodians and there haven’t been any Cambodians that join this competition the past years. So, I would like to share with others about this competition, so they can join it too.

Google Science Fair Logo
Google Science Fair Logo
Me and my Partner
Me and my Partner
A sample of my project
A sample of my project

 

The first Exploration I had was about the Phnong indigenous minority. Our teacher notice there’s no book about this indigenous group written in Cambodia. So he decided to bring the team of twelve students to Mondulkiri to explore the Phnong living. We spent five days at there and came back with tons of information. I was in the writing team for making the book. I’ve wrote the introduction, the conclusion and some other topics in the book with my three other teammates. In the conclusion we’ve raised three main problems that the Phnong people are facing, along with solutions for those problems. Even I can’t really solve those problems, I shared my understanding about the issues with a lot of people that came to Sharation. A lot of people bought our book, which mean they all can involved in sharing the knowledge from this book with other people about the Phnong culture to help preserve this very old tradition together.

The group of students and teachers who help with the book
The group of students and teachers who helped with the book
Click to see the book
Click to see the book

 

This year all of us had the chance to create and lead our own Exploration (CYOE). My CYOE was created with five other students and it’s called Khmer Interior Design (KID). Our goal in this Exploration was to design an apartment for Liger and also promote to Cambodian people about the interior design job because we notice there aren’t a lot of cambodians who are interior designers. We also realized that interior designers are also change agents. As they start their designing job, they would completely change the space they work with.

The six students who worked on the project
The six students who worked on the project
A floorplan of the kitchen and living that I designed with the group
A floorplan of the kitchen and living that I designed with the group
The real view of the kitchen
The real view of the kitchen

 

This year, Liger were very honored to invite the secretary of state from the Minister of Education, as well as some other important people in education in Cambodia to participate in a workshop to get to know all things we did at Liger. Every students was presenting about something we do at Liger and I present about the Khmer and English literacy at Liger. I was talking about the overview of literacy in Liger, English immersion at Liger, contextualize learning and writing (both in Khmer and English). I feel like I have shared with the leaders of education in Cambodia about some ideas to change the education in government schools.

A group picture with everyone who were there
A group picture with everyone who were there

 

Next year all the liger senior students will live by our own and that’s include cooking our own food. I was in a team with other eight students to make a cookbook for living next year. In those books there are recipes of some Khmer traditional and nutritious food. So, that means we promote Cambodian food to others. Also, if the students share the idea of the nutritious food with others Cambodian people, they would impact the nutrition and health of the Cambodian people.

The cover of the cookbook
The cover of the cookbook
The team that make the cookbook
The team that make the cookbook

 

Liger also had a special project, which all students worked with a partner to make a science book for students our age because there aren’t a lot of science book written for young Cambodians. All the books are both in Khmer and English with beautiful arts. I’ve written a book about how temperature affect density. I complete this book with my partner, Seyha. Hopefully, these books will be distributed to Cambodian government schools, so students can learn about science through this book. So, this project have changed Cambodia by helping to educate students about science in a simple way.

The cover of my book in Blurb Bookwright
The cover of my book in Blurb Bookwright

 

I got to have another CYOE in the fourth round. I and the other three girls worked on a project that’s called “WAT, Cambo”. It is project where we went to different places in Cambodia to film people about different talents they have. We created a Youtube channel (WAT, Cambo) to store those videos about wonderful talents Cambodian people have. Our main goal for this Exploration is to bring the talents that amazing Cambodians have to the world, so they can know how fantastic they are. So, we changed Cambodia by sharing the talents with other people.

WAT, Cambo logo (click to see the channel)

 

A big project that all Liger students involved in was making Cambodian Dynamite sauce. This is one project that give us the experience to feel what it’s like to start a business. I was in the last team of making this business. My role for this was to finalized the label of the sauce and to advertise the business. This sauce is unique because we used premium Cambodian ingredients and it is made by young Cambodian students. If this business can run in Cambodia, we would bring a new product for Cambodian people to taste.

Cambodian Dynamite Logo
Cambodian Dynamite Logo
The last group for this project
The last group for this project

 

After Water Festival, the ministry of environment had a campaign, which people were divided into different teams to pick up trash from different places around central Phnom Penh. There were so much trash around because people are throwing them during the festival. I spent the morning picking up trash, including plastic bags. Also, during STEM class with Karen, we spent the one hour to pick up trash in and around Liger. At Liger, we also use cloth bag to package snack one weekend, so we reduce using plastic bags. So, I have helped protecting Cambodian from plastic bags in many small ways.

 

There are a lot of little things that I have done for the my country. I wish to help change Cambodia more and develop more bigger ways to change Cambodia.  

Song Lyrics Video

In Jan’s literacy class, everyone worked in teams to make videos using lyrics from different songs. My worked with two other friends and our songs were “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You”, “Try Everything” and “Crarity”. We made a story about a triangle love. Please enjoy the story  below.

 

Google Science Fair Video

At the end of the Google Science Fair project, the members who joined it came together to plan a video to get Liger students to join Google Science Fair next year. We spend two hours fiming it. On the weekend I spend about an hour editing this video. I hope you enjoy this video.

Cambodian Dynamite – Entrepreneur

My last Exploration for the year is Entrepreneur, which we continued to develop the chilli sauce business. There were teams divided and I was in the advertising and label team. My teams roles were to collaborate with CBX to finish designing the logo, create a flyer and develop a facebook page. At the end of the Exploration, we looked at the financial plan that’s made by the financial planning team. It seemed like we won’t meet our breakeven point until the fourth or the fifth year. So, we were throwing some ideas of what we can do with our business. I came up with an idea of selling the business to an entrepreneur. So I wrote a post in facebook about finding an entrepreneur, who can buy our business.

Please check and like Cambodian Dynamite facebook page.

The group members
The group members

 

Cambodian Dynamite Logo
Cambodian Dynamite Logo
Cambodian Dynamite Flyer
Cambodian Dynamite Flyer
A shot of the chilli sauce
A shot of the chilli sauce
The label that's done by CBX
The label that’s done by CBX

Google Science Fair (GSF)

This year, I spent two terms of Wednesday Expertise working on Google Science Fair. It is a global competition, which we choose a science concept and conduct experiments for it. I chose to work with a partner, Vattey to create biodegradable styrofoam because it is one of the big problem that cause pollution. The deadline of submitting this competition is midnight (westcoast time) on the 17th of May. I submitted it at about 5:30 pm, Cambodia time. Click here to see my team submission, which contain more information about my project!

STEM Festival

On Sunday the 18th, I went to buiding A and B of the Diamond Island Center to join the Zaman STEM Festival. My partner, Vattey and I were presenting about the biodegradable styrofoam we’ve made for our Google Science Fair. We’ve presented to the Embassador of American , too. There were cameras shooting at us. I didn’t know who it was that I presented to, but I asked my teacher who he was. It was a really great honor to present our project to the embassador and he really likes our idea. We also looked around to see the other people’s project and notice a lot of interesting projects.

With the Embassador
With the Embassador
With the amazing robots
With the amazing robots
Looks like my body is the robot
Looks like my body is the robot

Liger Tour Guide

This year, every student at Liger are trained to be the Liger Guide, touring guests around Liger. I have tour a group of parents and students from Kandal Stueng district, Kandal province. The students came here to take the last step of their test to attend Liger Learning Center.

Leading the way for the parents and students
Leading the way for the parents and students

Writing a Sonnet

We dreamed that one day we will go to where

that doesn’t exist, no danger, no fears.

This world would have a perfect, pensive pair.

We’d never cry to let out our tears.

Have you ever wonder how we can sleep.

It will not be as easy as you think.

We close one eye extremely tight and deep.

Wait, then we would find ourselves snoring.

We do not eat food and drink water, yes.

We drink food and eat water, this is it.

Don’t think we are crazy, it’s not a mess.

But, the same thing we both do is we sit.

 

To end this poem we would like something.

Don’t say we’re silly, please like these rhyming.

Wildlife Festival

On the 19th of March, I went to the new Ministry of Environment. I didn’t know that they have changed the location of the ministry, until I went there. I went there to join the second day of the wildlife festival.

Two of my friends presented about their experience with writing the Illustrated Guide to Wildlife of Cambodia. I was very impressed with their speech. Then, there were some speeches by the people there and the Minister of Environment. I remember one thing he said about wildlife: if you want hunt or eat animal from the forest and you don’t want it to be extinctf, you can feed them and keep the rest in the forest. I think it is a very smart idea.

After that, there were some presentations at different booth. I joined the place where a man  talked about his project of educating people to conserve wildlife. He showed us the presentation that he would show the students, teacher and villager that he talke to. There were some parts were tell us how people use wildlife (example: they use animal for food, medicine, souvenirs and etc.). Then, he would explain people not to those bad things.

On the rooftop of the Ministry of Environment
On the rooftop of the Ministry of Environment

WAT, Cambo Youtube Channel

The final product of Mysterious Talents (my fourth Exploration) is a youtube channel that’s called “WAT, Cambo”. It stands for “What A Talent, Cambodia”. We spent seven weeks working on the videos that we posted in there. We also traveled to four different province and Phnom Penh to collect those videos. There are different videos including produts from bamboo and palm tree, arts and etc. All the videos in there are in Khmer with English subtitles.

There were four girls (including me) and a learning facilitator working on this channel.

This is one of my favorite video that I edited.

the logo of the channel
The logo of the channel

Click here if you want to check it out!