Round #4

In math this round, we learn about percentage and how to measure angles. Percentage is quite useful in our everyday life. It’s easy to understand, it represent a lot of things and it’s easy to remember. You don’t have to tell the exact number, but you can just tell them the percentage(of something). To me, percentage is not difficult, but it’s not easy too. When it comes to measuring the angle, it’s a bit difficult for me, but I think that the more I practice, the better I will get. It is a little weird for me to measure these angles in the textbook because I usually learn to measure one single angle at a time, but these angles are lots of shapes combine together which is a little weird for me at first. Anyway, even though, there are lots of struggle and challenges ahead of me in math class, it’s still my favorite class. I can’t believe I measure angles without protractor!

Round 3 Of The Year

The theme for this round 3 of the year is Identity. We need to know more about ourself, what make us who we are, our shape and gene. In our class, we also write a poem about ourself. We all got the same title for our poem, Where I’m From. It was inspired by George Ella Lyon. I really like this poem even though it is not really rhyme because it helps me to know more about myself. This is the one that I wrote.

I am from rice pot from the kitchen and pajamas, most comfortable things.

I am from the  bright yellow wood

I am from the flower pots

The mango tree whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.

I’m from read your book and take the spoon out of the plate from Vichea and Sonach

I’m from watching the TV and let’s do something and the rice cooking. I’m from the becoming the crocodile when laying down while eating and don’t sleep over other heads and កខគឃង

I’m from the ancestors praying.

I’m from Chhouk district and Cambodia’s roasted chickens and Khmer noodle

From secretly watching my grandma cooking ingredient, my smart mom and searching for clams on the beach.

Next to a small mountain,  surrounded by other islands. I will never forget.

We all also got to write the meaning of our name. It is really cool to share people about what your name mean because sometimes, names doesn’t make any sense, but if we look into it very clearly, names have their own meaning. We just don’t know it and this is what I wrote.

In Khmer, my name means good life or good birth. This name is from Cambodia. My father gave this name to me when I was born recently after knowing that this name was a very well known name in Buddha history in Khmer version. I was bone in the year of the rooster and in Khmer, it is a very strong male giant. So, I always think and I am strong and it fits very well with my great name.

It was the name of a woman who is the first person to give food to Buddha when he had only skin covering his bone. Now this name is also mine. In Cambodia, a famous actress in Cambodia also gets the same name as me. Socheata Sveng. She gets to appear in many movies such as Phka Sropon(withered flower), First They Killed My Father and more. So, whenever I see her, I always say that she is me and I am on the TV and that makes me love my name even more.

On the first of my life at my new school, Liger Leadership Academy, my foreign teachers can’t pronounce my name very well. Some of them pronounce it like cheetah, jeeta, cheat-tah, but my name is pronounce like ji-a_ta. It sounds funny for myself when I hear them pronounce it, but I am not angry. It’s just a name. They can call me anything that makes them comfortable to say, unless, that name is inappropriate. Even now, the teacher that gave me this assignment can’t pronounce my name very well and that’s okay.

Besides the real name of me, I have a few nicknames too. At Kampot city, they called me Srey Pich which means diamond. At Chhouk district, they called me Tek which means water. At Koh Sdach island, they called me Poklok which means messy or fast like a baby who can’t stay still. I don’t mind if someone giving an appropriate nickname.

In my life, I never thought of changing my name even some people think that it’s funny because it has a fabulous meaning. Also, it is the name that my father gave to me. He always told me to use that name to make my family proud. I love my name because it has a fabulous meaning and it sounds lovely for myself when I say it.

Beside the thing above, we also divided ourself into four groups to read the same book with the theme of “Identity”. Those book are Wonder, Outsider, Looking For Alaska and Monster. Those are very great books. I and my group read Wonder. It’s the book about a boy whose face is not the same as everybody else and how his life was in school. We always do a discussion about the book that we read every week. In the discussion,  everybody have their own role and we change our roles every week, so that we will get the same experience. Those roles are Summarizer, Visualizer, Inferencer, Symbolizer and Word Detector.

Thank You for reading this and don’t forget to read more book because it gives you many benefits. If you don’t believe me, read more than one book and you’ll know it.

Round 2 Of The Year

Our English Literacy theme for this round 2 is Social and Environmental Justice.

Social justice is about how people are treated unfairly based on their race, origin, religions, ect…

Environmental Justice is similar to social justice, but it is about how the environment affects people or human lives. We also completed a hyperdoc about minority groups in Connecticut and how the power plants affect people because most of the power plants in the state are located near the minority groups territory.

Beside social and environmental justice, we also focused on how to write an argumentative essay. Before writing the argumentative essay, we also learn tips and skills to write an argumentative it. That includes writing a thesis statement, choosing evidence, integrating source and more.

Round 3 Of The Year

In this round 3 of the year, we learn lots of new things in Multimedia class. We always have assignment after learning something new to practice and know more about it. All of the Multimedia classes uses Codeboard.io to do our assignments. Let me tell you about all of the stuff that we had learned.

1. The first thing that we had learned is Boolean and it is a data type that can have value True or False. Example: “cat” is not “dog”. This is True because cats and dogs are different.
2. The second thing that we had learned is Comparison. It is the same as math like to compare numbers, but the writing is a bit different and it look like this-
• a == b (Equals)
• a != b (Not Equals)
• a < b (Less than)
• a <= b (Less than or equal to)
• a > b (Greater than)
• a >= b (Greater than or equal to)
1. The third thing that we had learned is the If Statement. We use it to make something happen if the code is the True condition. Example:
2. a = 100
3. b = 200
4. if b < a:
5.     Print “b is greater than a”
6. The Fourth things that we had learned is indentation. It is the action of indenting or the state of being indented. It is important because if you put it in the wrong place, the code will be error. One of the right indentation is up there on the last example and this is the wrong indentation:
7. a = 100
8. b = 200
9. if b < a:
10. Print “b is greater than a”
11. The fifth thing that we had learned is the Elif statement which is a statement with a condition contain value of neither True or False and it follow the If Statement. Example:
12. a = 100
13. b = 200
14. if b < a:
15.     Print “b is smaller than a”
16. Elif b > a:
17.     Print “b is greater than a”
18. The sixth thing that we had learned is the Else statement and it is the similar to the Elif statement, just a little different that Else statement has no condition. Example:
19. a = 100
20. b = 200
21. if b < a:
22.     Print “b is smaller than a”
23. Elif b == a:
24.     Print “b is equal to a”
25. Else:
26.     Print “b is not smaller or equal to a”
27. The seventh thing that we had learn is the AND, OR, NOT. We don’t just use it anytime that we want or else the code will be error. This is the table that my teacher, Cindy had made for us to understand it more clearly and I will share it with you because it is not easy for me to explain it to you. If you don’t understand it, this is the new topic that you have do study on your own. Sorry!
 AND OR NOT Example X and Y X or Y Not X Explanation True only if both X and Y are true True if either X or Y is true Flips the value of X
1. The eighth thing that we had learned is the For loop. We use it to perform some actions a fixed number of times. Example:
2. fruits = [‘banana’, ‘apple’,  ‘mango’]
for fruit in fruits:
print ‘Current fruit :’, fruit
3. The output will be
4. Current fruit : banana
Current fruit : apple
Current fruit : mango
5. The ninth thing that we had learned is the Break statement. We use this to stop the code when once the condition is true. Example:
6. fruits = [“apple”, “banana”, “cherry”]
7. for x in fruits:
8.  print(x)
9.  if x == “banana”:
10.    break
11. The output will be
12. Apple
13. Banana
14. It is will stop at the banana because the condition is true and we have to break(stop).
15. The tenth thing that we had learned is the Continue statement. It is the similar to the Break statement, but it is use to skip something when the condition is true. Example:
16. fruits = [“apple”, “banana”, “cherry”]
17. for x in fruits:
18.  print(x)
19.  if x == “banana”:
20.    continue
21. The output will be
22. Apple
23. Cherry because the condition is true, so it’s going to skip the banana.
24. The eleventh thing that we had learned is the range function and we use it to count number.  Example:
25. for x in range(5):
26.  print(x)
27. The output will be
28. 0
29. 1
30. 2
31. 3
32. 4 because it tells to count up to five number and most computer start counting from 0. So, to tell the program to start counting from any number, we have to add something. Example:
33. for x in range(2, 5):
34.  print(x)
35. The output will be
36. 2
37. 3
38. 4.
39. The twelfth thing that we had learned is the While loop and we use it to perform something while something is happening. It will repeat forever until the condition become True. Example:
40. count = 0
while (count < 9):
print ‘The count is:’, count
count = count + 1
41. The thirteenth thing that we had learned is Infinite Loop and it will the code to go forever because there’s no condition. Example:
42. i = 1
43. while i < 6:
44.  print(i)
45. The output will just be
46. 1
47. 1
48. 1
49. 1
50. 1
51. 1
52. 1
53. 1
54. 1
55. 1 forever because there is no condition, but if there is any condition it will become the While loop.
56. That’s all the thing that we had learned. I hope you heard something new. Thank You!

Round 3

In this round three of the year, we learn about the ratio, multiply/divide fraction and adding/subtracting/multiply/divide decimal. We also got to do some fun math activity such as playing math games and practice our math on the workbook or on Khan Academy. You can register on Khan Academy for free.

The new math that blows my mind away is 50 ÷ 0.1 = 500. See the quotient is even bigger than the dividend. At first, I don’t get it too, but then Sam, my facilitator said that the quotient or 500 represent how many 0.1 are there in 50. Example, I have 3 cookies and I want to know how many half(0.5) of the cookie are there, so you have to split the 3 cookies in half and count how many of them are there.

That is all I want you to know for this round. I hope you understand something.

Multimedia Round2

In round 2 of the years, in Multimedia class, we were learning about digital storytelling. What is it then? It is a form of telling stories using media. We also learn about what makes a story. For me, to make a good story, you just have to think of interesting ideas and describe the scene in an interesting way, so that your story can attract people easily and don’t let the story die before you. Example, the world war 1 or 2. Everybody knows what it is, right? Those wars are history and it can also be called story. Lots of people in world war 1 and 2 are already dead by now, but their stories are still living in people heart. We even learn about story structure by following the Pixar story structure. This is how the Pixar story structure looks like.

1. Once upon a time, there was ____
2. Every day ____
3. One day ____
4. Because of that ____
5. Because of that ____
6. Until finally ____

After we look at a few examples, we practice it by trying to write our own stories. This is the story that I had written.

Once upon a time, there was a ghost who always make people run without turning back on the street. Every day, she always opened her mouth widely. Because of that, people run away and she thought she scared them. Because of that, She felt proud and continued to do that every day. Until finally, people came around to tell her to stop opening up her mouth because it is very smelly and they all handed her with a toothbrush and a toothpaste.

We also learn about photography. So, the amount of light that reaches your camera sensor is called Exposure. The three things that affect the exposure are Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. The higher the shutter speed is, the fastest you can capture photos. For Aperture, the lower you set it to be, the blurrier is the background of the photos. For ISO, the higher it is, the more sensitive the camera is to light, so the photo is brighter with high ISO. In photography, we also learn about the camera type shots. There are long shots, full shot, medium shot, close up, extreme close up, low angle, high angle and bird’s eyes view, eye level, dutch angle or tilt and over the shoulder.

1. Long shot: You can see the full view of something and it is mostly used to capture landscape such as a mountain along with a forest.
2. Full shot: A shot that shows subject fully from head to toe(case of a person).
3. Medium shot: camera angle shot from a medium distance to show directly what is someone doing.
4. Close up: a type of shot that tightly frames a person or object.
5. Extreme close up: Shots that get right in and show extreme detail.
6. Low angle: Photography that has taken from the lower area such as when you stand from the ground to take a picture of something above you.
7. High angle: The meaning is opposite to low angle.
8. Bird’s eye view: a general view from above.
9. Eye level: shot with the level of the eyes looking straight ahead.
10. Dutch angle or tilt: the picture that was shot in tilt angle.
11. Over the shoulder: a shot of someone or something was taken from the perspective or camera angle from the shoulder of another person.

That’s it for this round. I hope you learn at least something today.

OLE

Our exploration, led by our two lovely facilitators, Teacher Da, and Kieren which is called Outdoor Leadership Exploration. It is an exploration of being a leader in outdoor such as what to do or what should we know if we are out in the wood. Outdoor leaders need to have a specific plan about what they are going to do or where are they going to stay. They should always be a great helper whenever a member of the team needs some help.

In this exploration, we learn about the part of the map and how to use the compass. Moreover, we also know what to do if there is no compass to use. We can use or look at the natural resources around us such as moss on the trees or our watches to find out which way is north or south. Example, sometimes, the easiest way to look at the direction is to look at the trees. We want to look at the trees that have moss because they only grow at the north side of the tree (that’s what I know from my facilitator). In every trip, we always have the camping gear. We also learn about that. Example, what are they and what should we take such as the most important one is the tent and first aids. We even learn about what should we do if we don’t have the thing that we need such as lighter or food. After we learn all of the stuff above, we prepare for the first trip.

A: Awake. We need to make sure that they are awake, just called out and wait to hear the answer from the victims and if they don’t reply, it is time for B.
B: Breathing. We need to make sure that they are breathing and if not, let continue to C.

C: Circulation. We need to know if their heart is still beating or are they bleeding anywhere.
D: Deformity. We need to check. Is any part of the victim broken.
E: Environment. Can the victim stay where he/she is right now? Do she/he need to move?
F: Friends! How is everyone doing?
For Step 3, the big question is how is the patient doing. We need to know, how well they are. What are the injuries? How do they get their injuries? What is our care plan? Step 4 is what is our rescuing plan? Are we staying or going? What is our plan to get help? Who is going to go to get help? What do we do to protect the patient while waiting for help to arrive? What do we do to protect ourselves while waiting for help to arrive? Is the scene safe? After we learn all of this stuff, we prepare yourself for a next, bigger trip which is the last trip.

For the trip, we went to Mondulkiri. On the first day, we spend over 10 hours on the bus. Then, we camped at the headquarter of RDI which is an organization that creates water filters to clean water. After preparing our camping stuff for the night, we cooked food. We even make a campfire. Then, our facilitator bought some yam. We burn the yam in the campfire until it cooked. Then, we share it with each other. On the second day, we went trekking at Leng Truk waterfall. We spend about 15 minutes in the forest until we get to the waterfall. We even cook our own food at the waterfall. We only use fire and bamboo to cook our meal. Our guide cooked new food for us. It is a soup that was cooked in a bamboo. We just need some ingredients from the forest and a bamboo to make a soup. It is really amazing. While we were finishing our lunch. An elephant guide led an elephant to visit us. The elephant is 47 years old and she is very gentle. I fed her some banana and she loves it. After lunch, we spend about 20 minutes to write reflections about the trip. Then, we shared our reflection with each other. After relaxing for a while, we headed back to RDI. On the third day, we went to a waterfall called O-Reang. After we ate lunch and visit a bigger part of the waterfall. We practiced Medical Simulation. Then, our facilitator put us in groups to help each other build a shelter in 20 minutes. After doing all of those fun activity, we headed back to our bus. Overall, on that day, we walked over 10 kilometers. While we were heading back, we stop at a grassy hill and relaxed. We even play hide and seek in the grass. It was really fun. We took lots of pictures. On the fourth day, we came back. We miss our trip so much.

After the trip, we prepare for Sharation. I hope you learn at least something today after reading this.

No Single-Use Plastic at Liger

Let me talk a bit more about plastic. Sometimes, the plastic affects you, but you just can’t really see it. Example, when you buy a hot soup noodle and you pack it back in plastic bag or styrofoam, the chemical of the plastic will release into your noodle and you can’t see it and you eat it at home. Sometimes, plastic doesn’t affect us, but it affects other marine lives such as turtle.

A turtle was pretty famous in a few years ago because of the plastic straw that stuck painfully in his nose. He was bleeding badly in his nose and he yelled a lot. I really pity the turtle. What about you? Some of the turtles don’t get nose stuck, but they confuse between plastic bags and jellyfishes. I think many turtles die because of that reason. Well, it’s also because of plastic trash that was thrown away by us humans.

But, now we are only focusing on our campus then another group will start further with the village near our school. We were searching for the alternatives that can replace plastic and it is good for the environment. We also collaborate with some of the organization. We know them by doing some research on the internet. Before meeting them, we had to send an email to them about our project and why we wanted to meet them. We collaborated with Better U and Only One planet. Better U use grass straw and Only One Planet sell bioplastics such as box for lunch packaging and other reusable product. We went to meet them to talk about their products and order some of them to show at our Sharation Day to show people what we were doing.

We also bought every student and staff a metal straw and a nylon bag because they have their personal stuff and they use them instead of plastic. Also, they can reuse them, so when they go to buy snacks, they can put their stuff inside the bag and they can use the metal straw instead of plastic straws. Our school calls a snack seller to come to sell snack at our school every Saturday, so she brings lots of snack and drinks such as sugarcane that come in with plastic cups, plastic handles, plastic caps, and plastic straws. Now, because of having the plastic exploration, the snack seller stop bring the sugarcane in cups. Instead, she brings a bucket of ice and a lot of plastic bottles that contain sugarcane juice in it. She doesn’t throw away the plastic bottle. Alternatively, she takes back the bottle and she reuses it when she comes to sell them to us again. So, when we buy the sugarcane juice, we need to bring our own bottle. For the snack and drink that come in with plastic wrapper since they were at the factory, we give them an excuse because we love snacks and we cannot stop it.

In week three, we were collecting all of the single-use plastic on our campus every day and see how many do we have. The number of the result is pretty big. In a week we have 2,750 trash. Most of the single-use plastic trash were the plastic bag, snack wrapper, and plastic straw. We have 2,750 single-use plastic trash in a week, so in a month we can have 11,000 and in a year, we can have 132,000 of single-use plastic trash. This is just in Liger campus, so what about the villages provinces and countries.

On 21, 09, 2018, we were doing a small activity on the assembly in our campus. Before getting into the point, we were doing some Q4S which mean questions for sugarcane. We asked them the easy questions, so we could get rid of sugarcane juice and we could get to the point. After they drank the sugarcane that we gave them in the plastic cup with plastic straws, we showed them some pictures. The first picture is the picture of the sugarcane that they are drinking. The second picture showed the reality of the drink that they just had. The picture is very disgusting. You can scroll down a bit to see the pictures. We were getting into the point. We told them why we don’t want them to use the plastic cups, straw, cap, and the handle when they bought sugarcane from the seller. Usually, they keep the straws in the open area, so the dirty and those bacteria might fly around and stuck on to it. Sometimes, when the sellers just change their kid’s diaper, they might not wash their hands yet. Also, about the cup. Sometimes, they hold the mouth of the cups before they hand it to us. It is very disgusting, right?

After we told them about our exploration and why we want to stop the single-use plastic, the single-use plastic in the campus decreases a lot.

To make it a bit worldwide, we created a facebook page to let other Cambodian people know about it. The Facebook page tells people to try to help our environment. To do that, they need to reduce using plastic. We also put some prizes to encourage them to USE the alternative to reduce the single-use plastic. They can post a picture of themselves during using another alternative that is not plastic. We will give them a point for a post. Our team will record the scores and will notify everyone every six weeks.

15 points: One keychain / One metal straw / One bamboo straw

25 points: Two keychains

30 points: One medium size fabric bag

50 points: One big size fabric bag

150 points: One small glass cup (300 ml)

200 points: One big glass cup (500 ml)

250 points: One metal box

350 points: One pencil case

400 points: One metal pencils and pens holder

500 points: One water bottle (500 ml)

1000 points: One backpack

We also share the Facebook page with our family and relatives and they said that it is a good idea.

So, if you wanna to join our project, you can just use the alternative that can replace plastic and share the idea with people around you and remember that plastic is easy to use, but they are difficult to destroy and it causes a very big problem.

STEM

My STEM class is lead by Teacher Da. He teaches us the lesson from a website called CK 12. Last year, my class was studying Earth Science such as the earth’s surface, earth mineral, rock, and other more stuff. Instead of study studying more about those kinds of stuff, in this term from August to October, we study physical science. Let me share you one of the lessons that I’ve learned.

Last few weeks we study about The Inside Atom, but instead of reading the website about what atom actually is, my teacher gives us a link to read about atom family. It is not a boring lesson because they were comparing the things inside the atom to something similar to us, human.

In the Matterville, there is a place called Nucleus Arcade where the two members of atom family like to hang out together. Perky Patty Proton is the same as some other sister. She is quite large with a big smile on her face and eyes that sparkle (+). She is happy and has a very positive personality. Nerdy Nelda Neutron is one of the members of the family. She is quite as large as Patty Proton, but she is the opposite. She has a boring flat mouth and eyes with zero expression. Her family always show apathetic and neutral about everything. Nerdy Nelda Neutron and perky Patty Proton always spend time together at the arcade. Around the nucleus arcade, you will find a couple of roadways that another atom family live. Enrange Elliott Electric like to chase around the arcade with a very angry face. Elliott Electron is much smaller than Perky Patron and Nelda Neutron. Elliott Electron is always chasing angrily because his bigger relatives won’t let him join the arcade. He has a frown on his face, eyes that are squinted with anger, and a very negative (-) attitude. Elliott Electron has a frown on the face, eyes that squinted with anger and has a very negative attitude. The first energy street can only hold only two Electron brothers. The second energy street, called the Energy Freeway, can hold 8 brothers. The third energy street, called the Energy Superhighway, can hold 18 of the brothers. The morale of Matterville is stable as long as each negative Electron brother is balanced out by one positive Proton sister. If one of the Elliott Electron is kidnapped, one of the Perky Patty Proton will be disappeared or be kidnapped too. The number of people in Matterville depends on the Proton and Neutron families.

Do you see that? The paragraph is not telling like a lesson. Instead, they were told like a story, so that it is not very boring to learn. When I study this lesson it was very fun and educational. After you read this I hope you learn something too.