If you Believe in Yourself, Anything is Possible

English Literacy–Round 2

English Literacy has always been my favorite class because without it, you cannot make sense or communicate your understanding of a subject and it is even more important today because of how our economy and society are changing. Literacy teaches me to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows me to communicate effectively. Our theme for this round is about Social and Environmental justice. We have been discussing and learning a lot about this topic such as, what is environmental justice/injustice, how is pollution related to inequality, and why and how does injustice affect me as a citizen. Social injustice is basically about the elimination of various human rights from a broad variance of unfair treatment due to their race, gender, age, religion, nationality, education, mental or physical ability, etc………………

          As we are learning about all of those, we completed the Hyperdoc and make some discussions about how the power plants affect people, and we found out that most of the power plants in the state are located in a place where the minority groups stay.  We also did something called the Landfill Case Study which is about answering questions related to the environmental justice. Our teacher, Hannah has given me the Ethiopia country to research and answer some questions related to the topic that we are learning. Those questions are what is this country’s relationship with trash?, is there waste management? If so, what is it?, what is the government action?, and are there landfill communities?. We did this type of activity so that we can get more comprehensions about the environmental injustice, how does it look like in the other countries compared to our country and to understand furthermore about the government reaction to the environmental justice in their country.

           Besides that, we are currently learning how to write an argumentative essay and surprisingly we are writing it, too. Before getting to the basic of learning it, we also did something called the Philosophical chair to brainstorm and to get a taste of what is it like?. Writing an argumentative essay is not easy and there are many steps of writing it including an introduction, body paragraphs, and the conclusion.

Introduction

  • Title needs to be interesting and effective
  • Hook is the part that you are grabbing the reader’s attention
  • Background Information is to give a reader a heads up of what you are going to talk about and understands the situation or problem you’re talking about
  • Thesis is a sentence in which you state your main argument and a brief description of how you will prove it.

Body Paragraphs

  • is a group of related sentences about a particular topic or idea directly relating to the thesis

Conclusion

  • is to restate the main argument. It reminds the reader of the strengths of the argument

To sum up, it is not an easy thing to do, but I finally get through it because

I always believe in myself!.

World Problems are Really Useful

Math–Round 2 

As we start a new round, the lesson is also new. This round is a little bit different from the last round. Last round we were focused on Whole Numbers, More Calculation With the Whole Number, Fractions and Multiply and Divide Fractions, but for this round we are mostly focusing on Geometry which are mostly related to the area and perimeter of the polygons like, rectangles and triangles. While we are learning geometry, the code.org is also introduced to our class. Code.org is just something that is related to math that we could learn outside of the class. To add on that, Khan Academy is my favorite website to learn math because it has a very good sound when we finish the lesson. It also provides us some videos that teach about the lesson we are doing when we are stuck at some point or we don’t know what the lesson is about.  It is a really great website to learn math. On the last unit of the book, we learned about ratio. A ratio says how much of one thing there is compared to another thing. We need to make sure that the number is in a simplest form as we would do with fraction (The simplest form must be in a whole number). For example, the ratio of men to women is six to three, so we would write it as 6:3. We call the “:” as “to”. Finally, because this number can be simplified, so it would be 2:1 or two to one. To make sure we understand the content well, we did a lot of fun projects and games relating to recipes, budgeting, shirt colors and number of staffs and students in school. We also did some word problems related to ratio to make a clear understanding of what it is and to know how to do both exercises and word problems. To me, word problems are a little bit difficult from a normal exercise, but I found out that word problems are really useful because they help me both with the math and the words usage with math. I found this lesson really fascinating and more exhilarating for a new math book, 5B.

Exploration round 2 (Cambodian traditional food)

Cambodian traditional food is my exploration for this round. The purpose of this exploration is to bring back the old Khmer food and to gather people’s stories about how Cambodian foods impact on them. We have been brainstorming a lot about how to ask a good question so that we can get good stories from the interviewee before we went on a trip. Siem Reap is one of the places we went to. Before we went on a trip, we were assigned into three teams, Photo essay, Video, and Journalism. I was a part of the Photo essay team but doesn’t mean that I cannot join the Video or the Journalism team, we all need to learn those skills and if we know it already we can practice more to get better. On a trip, we got to interview a lot of chefs in an individual restaurant that serves traditional foods. They were really friendly and welcomed us warmly. I have been taking a lot of pictures while I was on a trip, but I realized that I didn’t involve much in asking people question while interviewing, so I started to set a goal for myself that I am going to ask people lots and lots of questions and I won’t be afraid of talking to people anymore. Finally, I achieved the goals that I have set for myself, I asked people a lot of questions and got a lot of stories from the interviewee. I really encourage everyone to set a goal for your life or anything that you are doing because Goals Help Us Believe In Ourselves. Setting goals for yourself is a way to fuel your ambition. Goal setting isn’t just about creating a plan for your life and holding yourself accountable, it’s also about giving us the inspiration necessary to aim for things we never thought possible.

That is what I have learned from my lovely teacher, Cindy. Back on the Photo essay that is a job that I was assigned to be, basically a photo essay is a collection of images with some caption or it can be a short paragraph, too. So far I have created two photo essay which was written about the Khmer rice noodle and the Bamboo Sticky Rice. Click here to see my first product and click here to see my second product. 

Computer Science and Multimedia-Round 2

This my second round of learning Computer science. This round we are mostly focusing on Photography basic. To take a good a picture, we might need some tips and some basic of it.

Before learning the Photography basic, I didn’t know that there are different types of camera. I just that, we take a camera to take pictures. After learning all of those, I started to realize that there are two types of camera, DSLR and Mirrorless. Inside the DSLR there is a mirror inside the camera body that reflects the light coming in through the lens up to a prism, and into the viewfinder, for you to preview your shot. Mirrorless is different, but they both are cameras. Inside the Mirrorless, light passes through the lens and right onto the image sensor, which captures a preview of the image to display on the rear screen. Those are the difference that I have learned and understand. Camera setting is one of the most important material that we must use in our camera. Those setting are Exposure, Shutter speed, Aperture, and ISO.

Exposure is the amount of light that reaches your camera sensor and determines how light or dark your photo will be. There are three things that affect exposure and they are Shutter speed, ISO and Aperture.

  • Shutter speed

Shutter speed is responsible for two particular things: Changing the brightness of your photo and creating a dramatic effect by either freezing action or blurring motion. It is the Length of time the shutter is open to allow light in. Essentially, it’s how long your camera spends taking a photo. Shutter speed is typically measured in a fraction of a second. For example, 1/4 means a quarter of a second, while 1/250 means one-two-hundred-and-fiftieth of a second (or four milliseconds). If the shutter speed is double, double the amount of light comes in and it affects how motion is captured

  • ISO

ISO is simply a camera setting that will brighten or darken a photo. The definition of it is how sensitive your camera is to light. If the number of your ISO is high, the brighter your photo will be. ISO helps you to capture images in dark place or environment, but if a photo taken in a high ISO, it will show you a lot of grain, also known as a noise, and might be usable. Note: Best to keep ISO low, only increase when Aperture and Shutter speed adjustments are not enough.

  • Aperture

The Aperture refers to the size of the opening in the lens through which the light enters the camera. F-stop is one of the main tools in Aperture. A depth of field refers to the blurring. To control the depth of field of the image, you need the aperture (F-stop). When you change the F-stop value, you change the size of the opening. The funny fact about F-stop is that, the higher the F-stop, the smaller the opening. It means that the smaller F-stop, the more light will come in, but the larger F-stop, the less amount of light will come in. The wide aperture (i.e. f/1.8) has a shallow depth of field. A narrow aperture (i.e. f/11) has a deep depth of field. This down below is an example:

After, learning all of these basic, my taking picture skill is also change. These are some pictures that I have taken after learning and I think they are great pictures.

                                                                                                  

My funny memory

English Literacy-round 1

English Literacy is one of my most favorite classes. It is my very last class. I have learned lots and lots of knowledge from this class. One thing that I like the most in this class is that we always get to do a test every Monday. The test is about the ten vocabularies that the teacher gave us to study one week before. On Monday, when we finished the test, our teacher gave us another ten vocabularies to study and we have another test. The test helps me a lot because I always learned ten English vocabularies every week. This helps me a lot with my English.  

I have also learned how to write my mini personal narrative. This narrative can be in the form of a story or a poem. I chose to write a poem because it packs a lot of meaning and emotions and we don’t have to be a professional to write it.

The poem describes a memory I’ve done with my family and in the church.

A poem thanking the church for the Christmas day

For all of the presents

You put under the tree,

For all of the time

You picked after me……….

 

For the time that you took

Off training wheels

For the night that you made me

My favorite meals

 

The delicious meal that you made for everybody

Spending the whole morning  to make it yummy

Collaboration and make it easy

Everybody enjoy  those super delicious foods ever

 

For the time that you made me happy

Playing games without wearing a nappy

Fun fun fun and pee pee pee

Laughing with no limit

The game ended in five minutes

I got zero point because of the unlimited laughing

 

For the time that you made me excited

The big present that you created

It makes me really interested

Because it was created by you

 

For the time that you encourage me

Make me strong

Teach me to sing a song

All of that,

Make my life a window for the light to shine through

And a mirror to reflect God’s love To all I meet. Amen

 

Last but not least

I sincerely thank you for the Christmas day

I really enjoy it, by the way

I want it to last forever

But, I love it anyway

How I change Cambodia

Our world is changing every day and as people in Cambodia, we also have to change to catch up with the modernization of the rest of the world to make our country better. Being a student at the Liger Leadership Academy has changed my mind to think of creating change in Cambodia. From what I have learned and what I have done in this school, I think these are the things that I change my country so far.

Technovation

To change our own country is not easy, but if you can change it little by little, our country will develop more and more.

The Liger Leadership Academy has given an opportunity to all of the juniors girls to participate in Technovation. Technovation is one of the programs that allow girls to participate more in technology and to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders.

I am one of the students who had the opportunity to participate in Technovation because I believe that girls should be more involved in Technology, especially coding. Girls who code, Boys who cook. We went to Phounment school every Sunday to study and learn more about coding. Before we get into coding, we have to learn how to access our app idea first. For example: learn how to identify a problem in our community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem. We also learned how to communicate the ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. We have only three months to do it and only on Sundays. For those three months, my team came up with an idea to create an app called Farmer’s Market. Farmer’s Market is an app that solves the poverty problem in Cambodia. Did you know that there are many people are farmers in Cambodia? They grow their plants by not using chemicals, but the problem is that they don’t have a market to sell their agricultural products such as vegetables and fruits. Our app will help those farmers. When farmers download our app, they can post information about their fruits or vegetables that they want to sell. When any farmers post the information, the customers and people that use our app will see and if they want to buy something, they can contact the seller by phone number. How can our app help people?  Our app is like a market, where farmers can sell their product any time they want. They don’t have to go to the physical market and search for customers themselves. Some farmer’s farm can be really far from the market, so they can’t go to sell their product easily. If they use our app, they can just post it and the customers will buy their product really easy.

Poverty is one of the biggest problems in Cambodia, but our app can help them. Farmer’s Market change farmers life.

Geography Trip ( How liger students change Cambodia )

For the first day, we have been to many places that are fascinating and beautiful. One place that I really interested in the most is in Kroches province which is Koh Trong Island. There are many special things about it. People that live on that Island said, the soil is really good with a lot of nutrient for plantation to grow. The plant that most of the people grow and the most valuable is pomelo. The pomelo in Koh Trong is really different from other pomelo that doesn’t grow on Koh Trong. It is more delicious and sweater that other pomelo.  We also had a chance to eat that pomelo. It tasted super delicious. I never ate that kind of delicious fruit before. After we went to Koh Trong to eat pomelo and collected the information, we went back to Kroches city. We stayed in a green guesthouse. That house is really beautiful and hygiene. When we went to the guesthouse, we didn’t take a shower and eat dinner yet, so we have to do it. After we took a shower, we went to eat dinner in a restaurant. The foods that we ate was so delicious with a good serve. Liger students are the only eater that cleaned and prepared everything that we ate, for example: we putted of all the dishes in order, cleaned the table, took the dishes to clean, prepared and cleaned everything on the table. It shows that, Liger students are really responsible for everything that they did, sensitive and helpful to people around them.  Even though we ate foods by paying money, but when we leave, we have shown a really respectful to the owner of the restaurant by saying “Thank you for the foods”. When we do those kind of things and leave by saying “Thank you for the foods”, the owner show her face expression by smiling and said “I really appreciate that”. This is Liger students. After eating, we went back to the guest house and make a discussion about the informations that we got. We worked with each other really hard, communicate with each other well and talk to each other nicely. When one of us did something wrong or make someone felt bad, we always talk to them and try to find solutions. We always keep the six core values in our mind in everytime we went outside or somewhere else. Those six core values are Integrity, ingenuity, stewardship, determination, optimism and appreciation. These core values are extremely meaningful to us because it is a part of our life. For the seven days of Geography, we have done a really good job and came back with a big smiling face because we have more informations to put in the book and have been to many places that we never seen before.

Robotic (EXPLORATION) Changing Cambodia

Robotic is one of my favorite exploration. The purpose of doing the exploration is to join the first lego league competition in Singapore. The topic of this competition is about Hydrodynamic which means we are going to use our robot to do some missions about water and give a presentation about water too. In this exploration, we don’t just study about robots and presentation, but we also learn how to communicate with each other. We only have seven weeks to do all of those things, but we were able to do it. During our exploration class, we found out that water is one of the problems in Cambodia and that there are two types of water that can affect people. One is the Contaminated water and the other is Arsenic. There are two teams of this exploration. I was part of one of the teams that was working on the Contaminated water. We see that Contaminated water comes from humans and factories. People throw their trash into water without thinking deep of how it will affect marine life and their life. Some people may  see trash on the water and rather than find ways to remove the trash from the water, they would throw more trash in instead. They think that “there is only a little bit of  trash in the water, so if I throw in one more trash, it will not make a difference”. Everything start from one. If people keep saying that, it will become a habit soon and the country will never further develop. There are trash bins where people can throw their trash in; don’t just throw trash in anywhere that you want because it can affect yourself too. Water is one of the many resources that humans need to survive, so if the water becomes contaminated, there won’t have be any clean water to drink. There are many kind of germs in contaminated water which can cause diseases. You can get many types of diarrheal diseases, including Cholera, and other serious illnesses such as Guinea worm disease, Typhoid, and Dysentery. All of those diseases are really dangerous and they cause 3.4 million deaths each year. So, if you want to stay alive, you shouldn’t throw your trash to water. Not only does throwing a trash can affect your life, but the wastes from the factory also make your water become contaminated, too. The wastes contain many bacterias that are dangerous. When you drink it, you can get diarrhea really easily. I hope that all of the factories around the world will find another way of keeping their wastes rather than release it to water since it can affect people life. Contaminated water also affects the marine life. Marine is a part of our life. Why? Because they provide important ecosystem services such as the provision of food, medicines, and livelihoods. They also support tourism and recreational activities around the world. Marine life can change our country too, so you shouldn’t throw the trash to water or release the wastes to water. Clean water is the best natural remedy that helps people. These are all of the pieces of information that we got to present to the judges in Singapore.  After the presentation, judges said, “We are proud of your presentation on how to solve the problems and present with your confidence ”. We were really excited when we heard those words from those judges mouths. We have a really confident in our team though sadly, we didn’t win, we said “Win is not what we want, but what we want is our communication and to experience and we will win later ” One special thing about our robotic team is that we are the only Cambodian team to went to represent about Hydrodynamics in Cambodia.

Writing Poem

Khmer Literacy-round 1

There are five terms each year. For this term, we have focused a lot on writing a poem. There are many different types of Khmer poem. For me, I choose to write a poem with the កាកគតី type. I wrote the emotional poem about the kids in Steung Meanchey Dump. I think that the emotional poem most likely matches with the កាកគតី type, so that’s why I choose to write with that type. The figure below is the poem that I wrote

                                                                      ជិវិតខ្ងុំ

គំនរសំរាម                                     គឺជាស្លាកស្នាម                              ជាប់ដាមជីវិត

ទោះខ្ងុំវេទនា                                 កំព្រាមែនពិត                              ស្មោះស្ម័គ្រនែបនិត

                                                        និងម្ដាយមាសមុំ។

ឱកាំវាសនា                                   ពិតឥតមេត្តា                                     ចាឲ្យរូបខ្ញុំ

រស់មិនបានសុខ                         ទឹកមុខក្រៀមក្រំ                                  នៅក្នុងសង្ពម

                                                          លើភ្នំសំរាម។

ក្នុងចិត្តឈឺអួល                            អារម្មណ៍ក្ដុកក្ដួល                                បេះដូងជាប់ឡាម

ពេលឭពាក្យថា                             មាតាមិនបាន                                  រស់នៅក្បែរប្រាណ

                                                          តទៅមុខទៀត។

 

Community Travelling Theater

Exploration round 1

This is my third years studying in Liger. My first exploration of this third year is called the Community Travelling Theater. It is one of the biggest projects in Liger. We are going to create a Theater from a truck and we will make some changes to make it more like a Theater. It will look like a normal theater, but one special thing about it is that it can move to anywhere we want. The purpose of doing this is to help the people in rural areas that never seen a play or a performance to see. Many theaters in Cambodia doesn’t move, so the people who live in rural areas do not have a chance to watch a play. That causes to think of an idea of creating a community traveling theater because it could go to anywhere on earth and it is really helpful. It is helpful because we can use it to keep supplies, stuff, travel, and perform. People can also gain educational knowledge from our play, too. Since now we don’t have enough money to buy a truck, so we decided to find money in the Crowdfunding. We are making a video of us working when we were on the trip, interviewing people around the village, set up the play, perform and etc. We also include the people feeling about the play and feeling about the Truck that we are going to make. For example “How do they feel, if we make a Truck Theater and perform a play in their village?”.  We hope to have this truck finish as soon as possible.

Adobe Software

Computer Science and Multimedia-round 1 

There are five essentials total. Computer Science and Multimedia is one of those essentials. For the first week of this essential, I have learned about the Researching skills. This topic taught me to become a good researcher. The teacher has taught me a lot about the Researching Skills such as, how do we research, why do we research, what is research and the main goals of doing research. Our teacher, Cindy also teach us about the three methods of a good researcher.

These are the three methods

She has told us that before we research, we have to list down as many questions as we wondered. The questions must be related to the topic that we want to research.

 

This is the second method that we could use to help us.

 

And this is the third method. I think that this method is really helpful for the researcher.

The link below is an example of what I have done on the Research topic.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gi0shLyBYRoSY2o-2zjl0Ki2Tpk_sJoIDIVVPyPErhc/edit

For another week, I have learned how to use the Adobe app. In the Adobe, we have focused on the InDesign, Photoshop and the Lightroom Classic. In class, our teacher has given an opportunity to those who are really good and know how to use those three things to explain the whole classmates. I really appreciate to those who were teaching and explaining to others student. They explain really well, so I understand a lot. I understand a lot about using the InDesign, Photoshop, and Lightroom. I studied the Photoshop on my own because I was on a trip while they were studying about the Lightroom. In my opinion, I think that the Photoshop and the Lightroom are really useful for people. The picture below is an example of I have done with the Indesign, Photoshop, and Lightroom. 

Matter

Stem-round 1

STEAM is the first essential that I have. It starts from 11:10 am to 12:10pm. From Monday to Friday except for Wednesday, we all have an hour in each essential. STEM is one of my most favorite classes. In STEM of this term, I have learned about Matter and Atoms. We spent a little bit longer on Matter because it was complicated to understand and also confusing. I was really confused when we talked about mass and weight in Matter. First, I think that mass and weight are the same, but when I start to read more about it, I start to get more ideas about what are the differences between them. As what I learn and what I know, Mass is a measurement of the amount of matter something contains and Matter is a measurement of the pull of gravity on an object. Not just reading can help me understand, but because we have a good teacher, who is really good at explaining to students and make students felt happy and fun, so I understand about the topic really well. In class, he didn’t just talk and talk and talk instead, he gave us some games to play that are related to the topic we are learning.