Have you ever known that you can find your way back home by using your watch? Honestly, I did not. Have you ever known that there are hornbills and pine tree in Cambodia? I did not, and it amazed me when I know it. It all comes in one in Outdoor Leadership exploration. Base on the name, we explore thing outdoor with leadership. During these seven weeks, we observe nature, learn about caring and loving nature, emergency first aid and living with nature. We went to two trips. The first trip was in Kirirom and that was the time I realized that Cambodia has hornbills and pine trees. We trekked for hours to reach our goal, heaven cliff and it is the cliff of heaven. After we arrived there, we did a lot of activities. One of my favorites is roasting marshmallows. It’s hard to get the good taste of marshmallow because you need to pass the hot fire and stay for a while to wait for it until it is brown and that’s when it is a perfectly roasted marshmallow. After three weeks, we went on the second trip to Mondulkiri. We camp near the valley and we spend two days on trucking to discover the hidden waterfall in the forest. The water was cold and there are a lot of wild guppies swimming around. I also saw one fish that looks like a gecko. I don’t know why, but it swims and then pause. I really want to get it into my palm, but I’m afraid that it would be poison or something. However, I finally got it into my palm since it did not move that fast and also because I really love fishes. It was a memorable moment. We trekked back. In total, I think we trekked more than 20 km in both days. I was tired but at the same time it worth it. I found out a thing that I’ve never known, I also realized that I love trekking so much now.
In this round, we focus on motion and force. We are learning thing that we don’t really think about. One of my highlights is making a balloon-powered car. I teamed up with one of my classmates in order to make it. We built it with one bottle, two sticks, 4 water bottle caps, 1 or 2 straw, 1 balloon, glue gun, and a scissor. Here are steps by steps to make a balloon-powered car:
- First, lay the water down. Make a hole on the side of your water bottle, it should be big enough for a straw to go through.
- Then make another hole in the middle of the bottom of your water bottle, it also should be big enough for a straw to go through.
- Now leave that bottle with two holes away, then cut one plastic straw into two. *Make sure that those straw is going to be shorter than your sticks.
- Put the straws into each stick.
- Now glue the water bottle caps on the end of the sticks. Apply the same thing to the other three edges of the sticks.
- After, attach the two straw to the body of your car (water bottle) by using a glue gun. *Make sure that they are equal because you don’t want your car to be askew and end up with going in the wrong direction from what you want*
- Now put the balloon through the top hole to the bottom hole on the body of your car.
- Then glue the balloon to the end of the straw. * Make sure that you can blow through the straw to the balloon.
- Finally, test your balloon powered car. Now you have a balloon powered car.
With the help of a balloon powered car, it was really helpful for us to understand the content.
We learned three textbooks at the same time because of our facilitator, Sam thinks that they all have the same lesson, but they get more advance at each level. Those three textbooks are 5B, 6A, and 6B. One of the lessons this round is angle. I don’t think I’m good at angle anyway. In addition, I was on a trip the whole week, while my other classmates learn about angle. On 1st April, I came up to class and there’s a practice exercise on the board. I paused because I don’t know how to solve that problem. Later my friend asked me if I want some help. With my friend help, I could solve it. This was the first time that I was not able to solve a math problem in math class. The reason was that I don’t know the secret of angle, and I want to tell you so then you would able to solve angle problems. The secret is, a triangle has three angles and the sum of those three angles equal to 180 degrees and quadrilateral has four angles and the sum of those four angles equal to 360 degrees. Later I could solve angle problems easily when I know those secret.
In multimedia/technology class this round, we continued coding by using the Python program. However, it’s getting more advanced. We studied the function, list and Python dictionary. Coding is really useful in some sort of way. To practice our lesson, we also use code club as our assistant. We can learn things that are helpful for our daily life such as team chooser, rock paper scissors game and password generator. In code club, we look at the assignment and then write the code base on the description. Writing code base on instruction is easy, but to choose by challenge I challenge myself to do all of the challenges that they provide. My favorites are team chooser and password generator. In other classes, especially math class, we use random.org to choose a team. However, now we can use our code to choose the team for us. For password generator, I can create a complex password at anytime I want. I admit that technology is really useful for our daily life nowadays.
Here are the link to my coding:
Haiku is one of my favorite type of poem to write. They are short and simple. This type of poem is originated from Japan with three lines. The first and the third line have five syllables while the second line has 7 syllables.
Little Pop, Pop!
Little frog, pop! Pop!
I take a look and hop hop!
Under my legs, Opps!
My round 3 exploration is indigenous community. In Cambodia, there are at least 19 groups of different indigenous people all over in Cambodia. Some of them such as Pnong, and Kreung. However, the other indigenous groups, not many of Cambodians know that they exist. After my facilitator, Bunthan saw this problem, he created an exploration which is indigenous community to promote and to raise everyone’s awareness that they actually exist. The two indigenous groups that we were focusing on are Stieng in Krate and Kui in Preh Vihear. There are 16 of us and we were divided into two groups, which are video group with 7 members and 9 members of the book group. By the end of our exploration, we expected to create 7 videos about Stieng and one book about Kui. I am one of the book members.
We went to Krate and Preah Vihear to collect all of the information about their community. During the trip, I’ve noticed that they were just like us, accept their daily life and their langue. For Stieng, I think they are no longer an indigenous group anymore because of their daily life, clothes, langue, and tradition is time by time turn into typical Cambodians. However, Kui people still speak their langue and follow their belief with the big population.
When we back from the trip, we were trying to write a book and editing our video. After we finished our book, we think we should come back to the community to verify the things that need to be changed. We’ve print our first version of the book along the trip. We finally, made a lot of changes. Hopefully, we can print our second version book soon and hand it out to different places to promote Cambodia indigenous groups.
In the 3rd round, we are learning by doing experiments. Our facilitator, Da planed out the week like this, on Monday is the day that we start the new lesson, we also can list down some questions for Tuesday. On Tuesday we discuss our question that we have listed down. On Thursday we experiment to know more about the topics. On Friday we celebrate our knowledge, which is a quiz of the week. One of my favorite experiment is the black snake experiment. This experiment explained everything even though I was on trips for the rest of the week. We need 5 gram of banking soda, 20 gram of sugar, a bowl of sand, lighter fluid, lighter, bowl, and aluminate wrap. Here is the instruction:
- First, add 5 gram of banking soda to 20 gram.
- Then mix the banking soda and sugar until they mixed well.
- Wrap the bowl with aluminate wrap
- Place sand in the bowl
- Then pour lighter fluid into the bowl sand until the whole bowl of sand wet well.
- Put the mixture of soda and sugar in the middle of the sand bowl
- Light up the sand
- Let the black snake continue it journey
*note: If you want to extinguish the light, pour some water in.
I think it is marvelous and well explain the whole idea of the lesson. Hopefully, we can do more experiment like this.
On the third round of our English literacy class, we focused on identity as our theme. I also learned about who I am. Well, everyone would love to know about themselves, so do I. On the second week of our round, we were writing poetry about where we are from. To me, writing poetry is a great idea. Below is I am from poetry written by me. Basically, it explains where I am from and what defines who I am.
I am from
I am from my favorite person and my first love
With the hair oil, I can see the sunshine
I am from the chalk & marker on the board
In a box with big monsters
But I had my mom and dad at that time
I am from my grama morning bread and coffee
That wakes me up all day long
From the scorched rice and spicy fish sauce
The taste tamarind
With the smell of fresh rice but crunchy
Also from the sweat eyes because of Koku
I am from the white blood cell
From my doctor grandpa’s magic
I am from the bike
From the fail and get up
Break my knee and tare my clothes apart
I am from the sparkling rainbow living thing in a jar
Once I can’t breath
The legs up the sky and face in the water
I am from the boss of the boss team
Also the fight for the right club
Blood on white clothes
No need any opinion because I did it just for the right
I am from “ Can I try”
And “ I get it ”
The pen chewer
That’s what I call myself
I am from the lion and the tiger scholar
The greatest academy of all
I am from the change agent group
That is cleaning and training to be the glossy diamond
I am from the theatre
The mirror actress
But the opportunity sucker
I am from the write, recite and express club
I am from the I-can-do-it
And I’ll-try mindset
I am from the root of a tree
The hero and heroine that I haven’t seen
I am from the small eye
White skin, and the little meow meow blood
But I am the lion and I’ll roar
By Reaksmey Date 16th January 2018
Coding! I have never dreamed of learning it. It used to always gives me a headache. I didn’t need to code to get that stressfulness, only looking at all of the letter and number on other people screen able to make my brain explode. Recently, I started to like coding since I have entered the Python programming world. Python, that what we learned in technology/multimedia class. We learned string, boolean, and loop on the 3rd round. In my free time, I would choose to code because I really like it now. In my calendar, there would at least 30 minutes of coding exist every day. I think that Coder is smarter than coding.
Grammar is always important in every language, I think. However, in Khmer, we don’t focus on grammar much in speaking. Some sentence does not need any to be adjective or possesive pronounce. Such as that book is me. I know it sounds odd, but it would make sense if we speak Khmer. But still, it’s important to keep the grammar right in writing. In Khmer class this round we were focusing on grammar. I was assigned to do research on the adjective. Adjective is the conflict one because, in Khmer, there are two types of adjective, which are regular adjective and limitation adjective. Limitation divided into five which are demonstrative adjective, indefinite adjective, possesive adjective, interrogative adjective, and quantitative adjective. Moreover quantitative adjective divided into two which are ordinal adjective and cardinal adjective. To be clear click this to learn more about Khmer adjective.