Name: Tropical Forest Ecology
Date: May 5 2014 – June 17 2014
Number of People: 12
- How are organisms and the nonliving environment interconnected in the world around us?
- What is the value of tropical forest ecosystems for Cambodia?
- How do humans impact tropical forest ecosystems in Cambodia? Is it possible to use tropical forests sustainably?
Description: In Tropical Forest Ecology we learned about Ecosystems. Ecosystems are a community of organisms that are interconnected and connected with non-living things. We went on two trips because we wanted to experience and see forest directly.We went to Preah Vihear and Koh Kong provinces. When we came back we compared the dry deciduous dipterocarp forest ecosystem (Preah Vihear province) with the evergreen forest ecosystem (Koh Kong province). In Preah Vihear we went to Tmatboey community and in Koh Kong we went to Chi Phat community. We learned about conservation. Conservation means taking care or protecting something. While we learned about conservation, we also learned about sustainable and unsustainable. Sustainable is the action that does not destroy the ecosystem. Unsustainable is the action that destroys the ecosystem. We learned about ecotourism. Ecotourism is tourism that uses and benefits the ecosystem. That is one way that we use ecosystems sustainably.Also we learned about ecological services. Ecological services are the benefits that people get from ecosystems. There are three ecological services such as provisioning services, regulating services and cultural services. Provisioning services are how the ecosystem provides us directly. Ex: Trees give us resin. Regulating services are how the ecosystem regulates the climate. Ex: Trees stop the floods by absorbing the water. Cultural services are how the ecosystems give us something culturally. Ex: Bambuti people use forest plants to smoke for their ceremonies. We answered our essential questions by using the knowledge that we got from our trips.
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 of working 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?
Description: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.
Name of Course: Botany 2
Learning Facilitator: Jojo
Number of Students: 9
Dates: October 20-January 16
Days we Meet: Thursday-Friday
Course Description:In our Advanced Enrichment we learned about botany. Botany means learning about plants. Plants are the only organisms that can make their own food and that’s called sugar or glucose. Plants make their own food is called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis means plants take sunlight to make their own food. Plants make photosynthesis on the leaves. The organ in leaves works to make the food. In leaves have chloroplast and in chloroplast have chlorophyll. Plants take the carbon dioxide and lay out oxygen. During the day, they do photosynthesis. Plants have physical features. There are: roots, stem, leaves, fruits and flowers. In the stem there are two tubes. First tube is for sucking the food or it’s called nutrients and the second tube is for sucking the water. In our class we had the activity is growing the plants. Our resources were paper, plastic bag, water and seed. First we needed to soak paper with water but not very wet and put the seed in it. Rub it not too tight and put in plastic bag. The plastic bag needed to be open for oxygen get in it and put at the place that have a sunlight. We need to put the water, unless the paper is dry. When the seed germinates like come out the stem, leaves, we take out from the paper and put in the soil.
Name of Course: Zoology
Learning Facilitator: Jojo
Number of Students: 12
Dates: Jan. 19 – March 27
Days we Meet: Monday and Tuesday
Course Description: In our class we learned about the animals, for example bacteria is the first organism that have life on Earth. We learned about different kinds of organismsthat live in the world, for example in ocean there are different kinds of living things like star fishes and turtles. After that we learned about invertebrates and vertebrates. Invertebrates are the organisms that don’t have a backbone. Vertebrates are the organisms that have backbone. Ex: cow have a backbone, sponge don’t have a backbone. We learned about marine animals and territory animals. Marine are the organisms that live in the ocean only. Ex: Octopus are a marine animal. Territory are the organisms that live on land. Ex: cats are the territory animals. In the water there are a lot of insects. We learned how the insects metamorphosis. Metamorphosis means change. We learned about the metamorphosis are about their life cycle. In class we learned a lot ofthings most things that we learned are about the mammals. Mammals are the organisms that have a baby in their belly and give their baby a milk like a human.
Advanced Enrichment Name: Infographics 1
Learning Facilitator: Jessica
Number of Students: 13
Advanced Enrichment Dates: August 12-Oct 17
Days We Meet: Thursday and Friday
Course Description: In Infographics class we learned about what does infographics mean. Infographics means the way showing information as a chart or diagram. In Infographics we learned to look at the pictures to understand the information and we were so excited to get a chance to looked at an infographic because it was our first time to look at infographics by our own. When we first looked at infographic we got a little confused but the strategies are sometimes to look at the arrow. Infographics might have a lot of pictures but some don’t have a lot of pictures. The pictures that we looked at were about the Earth like when the animals die and decompose and become gasoline or gold. We even looked at infographics about acid rain. At the end of our Advanced Enrichment we made our own infographic about Liger as the same as 100 people. We made our own infographic because we wanted other students and visitors to get some information from our infographic.
Name of Course: World Religions
Learning Facilitator: Sophorn
Number of Students: 8
Advanced Enrichment dates: October20th, 2013-January 16th, 2014
Days we Meet: Monday-Tuesday
Course Description: In our Advanced Enrichment we learned about the religions in the world. We had learned about three religions already but unfortunately we did not have enough time to learn more. The three religions that we learned are Buddhism, Islam and Christianity. The ways that we learned were like we learned one religion then we had four or five quizzes. The good thing about religion is they make the people better like if you do the good thingsthe good things will come back to you. The not so good thing about religion is they try to make the people better but sometimes they make the people scared like “if you do the bad thing when you are alive then when you die you will become the ghost. The ghost is very bad and when you are alive then you do the bad thing the ghost will choke you to death.” Every religion always had the advantages (good things) and disadvantages (bad things). We learned a lot of key words Ex: Enlightenment: is the state of understanding something Ex: Can you give me any enlightenment on what happened? Monotheism:the doctrine or belief that there is only one God. The place that we learned in was science lab. Sometimes in our class we watched some videos that related to the religions Ex: The history of Buddhism and Three Idiots.
Name of Course: Algebra C
Learning Facilitator: Jeff
Number of Students: 12
Dates: Jan 19-March 27
Days we Meet: Thursday and Friday
Course Description: Our group learned about Algebra. We started to learn one big keyword is PEMDAS. Then we started to study the definition of each letter. PEMDAS means: P stands for Parenthesis, E stands for Exponent, M stands for Multiply, D stands for Divide, A stands for Add and S stands for Subtraction. After this we learned about negative numbers and positive numbers. We learned how to multiply, divide, add and subtract negative numbers and positive numbers together. With that we had the equation to practice too. When we finished this we drew the number line to know about negative and positive numbers. Then we tried to solve the problems with parenthesis and exponents together. Next we worked on combining like terms and x,y tables. All the problems that we did the teacher can help a little bit and the less we must to do it by ourselves. The teacher helped us and taught us very well. In the class we worked like a team then we gave the work to the teacher to check.
Exploration Name: TV Broadcasting
Exploration Dates: January 20th – March 7th
Number of Students: 8
Description: In the TV Broadcasting group we learned about how to be a good emcee, film, and about the different jobs. We divided into four jobssuch as producer, editor, cameraman, and emcee. A producer has to make a script for emcee. Also they have to make a storyboard and tell the cameraman what plot they want for the video. After all of this, they have to sit with the editor to tell what we want the video about. A editor also has a hard work to do. They have to make sure that the video is right and what they want. A cameraman has to go to take a video with the producer. Before the emcee talks in the real show they have to understand what the script is about. In our class we made one documentary about Liger. Before we made a documentary we took some trips to some TV stations and met with the producer. We went to the CTN channel station and Apsara channel station. We got a lot of experience from the emcee and the producer. It helped us a lot when we made our documentary.
Exploration Name: Documentary
Exploration Dates: November 20 – January 17
Number of students: 12
Description: The first day of our class was very exciting because we heard from the teacher that we were going on a trip to Siem Reap for four days. It was just one week away. But we had to write our thoughts about why we would go to Siem Reap. Before we went on a trip we had to learn about shots and how to use a camera because to make a documentary we have to film. Some of the documentaries were about the sand business, rice farm and waterways in Siem Reap. The last day of the trip we rode a boat to see the waterways and even the floating village. It was a fun trip but we learned a lot too! Our goal was to make our own documentary about the waterways. At the end of our Exploration we made it, so now we have our own documentary.
Exploration Name: Newspapers
Exploration Dates: October 7 to November 19
Number of students: 12
(1) Why do we have newspapers?
(2) Historically, what have newspapers sought to do?
(3) How is the purpose enhanced or diminished by external factors (freedom of speech, infrastructure)?
(4) What do reporters do and what are their ethical responsibilities?
(5) What is the process of creating a newspaper from start to finish? What role does technology play?
In our newspaper class we had a lot of hard things to do but there were fun things to do too. The first thing we did was get introduced to some of the old and famous newspapers. Later on we got the name of one of the newspapers and did the research in pairs or groups. On Friday afternoon we had assembly so we did our presentation one by one. Everyday we learned new things about newspapers and it was very exciting. The most hard and exciting part was we made our own newspaper about our school. Also we went on a late night trip to the Phnom Penh Post printing press at 10:00pm. It was so late we got to sleep in the teacher apartment. The name of our newspaper is Liger Post. We sold it at NISC, ICan, coffee shops and restaurants. At the end we made about $280. We gave some to the Documentary group to do the bike race and some to the orphanage at Siem Reap. Each student on the team also got some money, about $8 each.