One of our exploration is call Bike Business Exploration, where we are developing a bike business. On the first week of our exploration we went to Batttambang to visited a bike tour business call “Soksabike”. We went there for a 4 days trip and having 2 bikes tours from them. Also learning how do their business work and how do they developed their work. It is really great start of our exploration by experiencing with the other bike tour in the countryside. So we come back to Phnom Penh and develop our rough. We had name our bike your company call “Journeys of Change”. We had found an interesting rough also dividing the stop. We had decided that we will have 10 stops and each stop having difference stories that connecting Cambodia in the past and future. The purpose of business is to creating a business where we want to share what have happen to Cambodian in the past and future to the tourists.
In Journey of Change business that have new position this year. I had change from a business manager to guide manager. So I need to prepare a training to the new tour guide. There are 14 new guides and most of them are new to the business so i need to train them to become a professional tour guide before they tour our clients.
In this business i also submits 2 of the picture that i took to compete in a competition call GoGreen. I had won to the top 15 best photos and they hung my photo at the event in Plantation hotel. I joined the event and there are a lot of photo connected to environmental conscious business. I met a lot of incredible people and one of them is the hotel manager and he invited us for a breakfast at his hotel and talk more about our business in the next morning.
Also we have the new strategies for the business from last school year. We had develop our new website and new marketing strategies.
This past few weeks the Liger Academy’s students had took our tour and it was a fabulous experience for the new guide they can share what they have learn and practice their skill.
The pilot project aim is to build two Raspberry Pi computer labs into two government schools, one of the schools will be solar-powered and the other one will use electricity.
We are collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Cambodian English learning startup Edemy, and two government schools in Cambodia. These schools are Toul Prasat Sen Sok and Chuos Lower secondary school. An advantage of this is that we can compare the results between the different power sources and quality of education, to show our partners that the project could work with two different sources with ease. So this exploration was build since last year and now we are continuing on the computer labs that we had implement.
After implementation, our team decided to visit the Chous school once again before they would resume in November 2018. We went over the curriculum schedule, the teacher’s teaching strategy, and the school’s budgeting for maintenance. We also made some observations and noticed that there were some broken mice and keyboards as well as growing fungi on the Pi cases. Furthermore, our team encountered some challenges related to the screens, video player for FreeCAD tutorials, and the cables that were invaded by rats. Due to all of these issues, we started to consider having plastic bags to cover all equipment, setting up a cleaning schedule, buying mouse traps, and purchasing mousepads.
Our team had arranged a visit to the Toul Prasat Sen Sok school on September 18th in order to make updates and prepare for the start of the next school year in November. We checked to see if there were any technical problems or broken equipment to replace during the observation. In summation, there were four missing headphones and one of the desktops keeps turning off every 10 minutes. We were also surprised to see lots of dust in the room which sooner or later would impact our technical devices. By the end of our visit, we got to talk with the school director. The school director suggested us to open up this opportunity to other students who are interested in learning English and computer. He thought that since we were having some problems with student attendance and since the students did very poorly on their grade 9 official test, it would make more sense to give this opportunity to those who value it more. If we’re going to use this idea, additional pre-tests will be required at the beginning of next school year.
One of our exploration is call Bike Business Exploration, where we are developing a bike business. On the first week of our exploration we went to Batttambang to visited a bike tour business call “Soksabike”. We went there for a 4 days trip and having 2 bikes tours from them.
Also learning how do their business work and how do they developed their work. It is really great start of our exploration by experiencing with the other bike tour in the countryside. So we come back to Phnom Penh and develop our rough. We had name our bike your company call “Journeys of Change”. We had found an interesting rough also dividing the stop. We had decided that we will have 10 stops and each stop having difference stories that connecting Cambodia in the past and future. The purpose of business is to creating a business where we want to share what have happen to Cambodian in the past and future to the tourists. In that exploration we are dividing the whole group into 3 team. They are business planer, marketing team and tour team. As a business team they are writing a business plan, also calculating all the expense and income to calculate all the price for the tour guide and JOC workers. Marketing team they are finding a ways to market the service to the customers. We had developed the Facebook page and Website. Lastly the tour team. They had wrote all the script for each stop and doing further research. We had did several tour for journalists from USA also for all liger stuffs and seniors students. From time to times they always give us a greats feedback and we develop from time to times. Lastly, for the Marketing team we are trying to find creative ways to share this bike experience to the tourists.
My third exploration for this year is entrepreneurship.This class we divide the student into 3 team (Market research, Advertising and Production). I decide to join in production team with Rathanak and Lux because three of us love to cook. For this 7 week with cooking we have done a lot of things one of them is cooking sauce. We had cook three time for the first time it test not really bad. So we improve it. we had cook at the second time and it get better and everybody like it. So we try to make it again but we make it four times as before but it test different than what we want and now we are trying to make it again to following our second recipe. For our team we are taking our second recipe to be our model of our chili sauce. Although we have a lot problem go on with it too. Second thing that we have done is making a plan with Matt for cooking. During we plan with Matt we also communicate with farmer to help us prepare the raised bed and take out the weed and water it to get ready for growing. If we not finish it the tent team will help us.
Business: Sewing at home
Fixed: Is a material that we use long time in our business (Can use many time).
Variable: Material that we use depend on how many product that you make (Use only once).
We decided to make this business because around my community there a scarcity of seamstress. Also there a lot of demand. It will be more percentage of successful on this business.
We decided to make this business at home because we don’t want to make a shop because we just starting the business (not much money), so we will spend more money. Also we can look at our children and cook food at our house.
Exploration name: Hidden voice
Date: 10.8.2015 – 2.10.2015
Number of student: 12 students
My first exploration for this year is Hidden voice!! We are learn about Khmer old song and try to share and preserve it. We have go and interview some people in the province and city to ask them something about the old song and we will record it for our blog. We have went to one radio station in Phnom Penh it called Morodok Somneang. It is a good place for Cambodia to go and sing a song and learn how to be a singer. Also we interview one singer name Meas Leakena she is a singer in Absara TV. We had interview her about her life and how to become a singer. She answer very clear and inspire us to preserve Khmer old song. Also we went to Kampong Speu province and Mondulkiri province to interview the villager in there about the song that they know. All of through answer make our team to preserve Khmer old song.
- Exploration Name: Food Systems
- Exploration Dates: March 10 – May 2
- Number of Students: 15
A food system is the cyclical process of growing, transforming, packaging, transporting, cooking, eating, and recycling food. Sometimes we can skip some of these steps. For example if we eat a mango that grows from a tree at our house we are skipping packaging, transporting, cooking, and transforming. This is an example of a local food system. An example of a global food system is chips that have ingredients from different parts of the world and are packaged, transformed and transported all over the world.
In our class we learned the difference between all three kinds of soil. They are sand, silt and clay. We started to grow the seeds. The seeds have grew, but we have not taken its to grow in our raised beds yet. In one day we have to give the water to the plants 3 – 4 times. We learned the six steps to grow the seeds, from laying the toilet paper to moving them in the tray. We have learned the part of the seeds. There are seed coat, embryo and cotyledons. We learned about the fruits and vegetables. We also learned about global and local food systems. Global is the food that is all around the world. Local is the food that is near. Ex: If we are Cambodian and buy the food in Cambodia that food is the local because it is near where we live. Ex: If we are Cambodian and buy the food from Malaysia that food is the global because it is far away from where we live. Also, we learn about the pros and the cons about local and global food systems.
We took four trips to learn about Food Systems. The first trip we went on Organic farm. The owner shown us how to grow the seeds. In his farm there are ten different typesof seeds: lettuce, fruit plants and herbs. Also, he told us that insects and the weeds destroy his farm. Weeds are the things that you don’t want. EX: In the farm have the grass that grows, the weeds is the grass because the farmer doesn’t want that to grow in their farm. New technology is that they cover the soil by the plastic because when we put the compost and the water will not go away. Compost is made out of the animals poo mixed with soil and rice husks. The second trip we went to Natural garden store. In that shop sell vegetables, snacks, wine and ingredients. The owner had taught us how to find where the food came from. The owner said that some of his fruits, vegetable and cookies are bought from France, America, Thailand, North America, Singapore, Germany and local. He has own farm in Kampong Speu and at Kampong Som. The third trip we went to University Agriculture. In there we learned about hydroponics. The guide told us that hydroponic is the new technology in Cambodia. Hydroponics means growing on the water. At there we saw lots of lettuce that grows on the water. The last trip we went to Rice Mill. We learned about the different rice in Cambodia. Also, we learned the difference between brown rice and white rice and how both of this rice is good for us.
Here is the blog that our group have make.
Exploration Name: Forest Ecology
Exploration Dates: Oct 7, 2013 – Nov 19, 2013
Number of students: 12
Essential Questions: (1) What is an ecosystem mean? (2) What is a natural resource?
Description: An ecosystem is the living things and the non-living things connecting with each other. The one example is algae. Algae take the sunlight for food and fish eat algae and then people eat fish. This is one connection. In Ecosystems class we had a journey book to take notes or write keywords that we don’t know what that word means. In Ecology class the first topic that we learned was tropical forest. We did not just learn only tropical forests but we also learned a lot of kinds of forests like conifers and others. A tropical forest is the forest that has rain a lot all year. We also learned about ecological relationships. Ecological relationships mean that one organism and another organism connect with each other. Ecological relationships are divided in five parts. They are parasitism, commercialism, predator-prey, mutualism and competition. Our Ecology group went to Mondulkiri province to study there. We spent six days at Mondolkiri. We met a lot of people like Bunong people and they played their music to us. Also they teach us how to play the song too.
Bunoung people played their traditionalist music.
Teach Liger students how to play the music
On Saturday we came back to our school and we shared what we learned.
Exploration Name: Social Business
Exploration Dates: Nov 20 – Dec 17
Number of Students: 12
Essential Questions: How does social business alleviate poverty? What is the role of women in microcredit systems?
In Social Business class we learned about microfinance, Tong Tin and saving money. Microfinance is the bank that is for the poor people to loan the money. We learned about microfinance in Cambodia. We went on a trip to interview community people about microfinance. They microfinance is good for them because they can loan the money to make the business. We learned about Tong Tin. Tong Tin is very common at Cambodia. At Cambodia people like to play Tong Tin because they can win money on it but it might take a long time like maybe one year or more. Tong Tin can be bad and can be good. The bad thing about that game is we need to pay a lot of interest. The good thing is we can win the money. One day we learned how to play Tong Tin. We also learned about saving money. We went to Phnom Penh to visit the Kok Tha. Kok Tha is the manager of a savings group. We had a lot of trips and it was very helpful for our team.
Here is our blog that our group make to share to other people in the world.
Exploration Name: Renewable Energy in Cambodia (Poo)
Exploration Dates: Oct 7 to Nov 19
Number of students: 13 students
1. Are biogas and solar energy sources practical and cost effective in Cambodia?
2. What are the benefits and drawbacks to using biogas and solar energy in Cambodia?
In our Exploration class we had three things to work on. The first area was the solar system. The solar system is a resource that can create the energy from the sun. Solar has four types: solar panel, solar cooker, solar water heater and solar lamp. A solar panel is the solar thing that creates the energy to run the electricity. A solar cooker is the solar thing that creates the energy for cooking. A solar water heater is the solar thing the creates the energy to turn the normal water to the hot water. A solar lamp is the solar thing that creates the energy to light the house if that house doesn’t have the electricity. The next thing that we learned about was the biodigester. A biodigester is a natural system that can create biogas by using poo from the animals. Cow poo is the best. It has a lot of benefits. Example: (1) saving the money, (2) healthier than using firewood, (3) save a tree. The last thing that we learned was about hydroelectricity. Hydroelectricity is a thing that creates the energy by using water. It usually is built over the river. The biggest dam in the world is in China. Our goal was to make Cambodians know that all of these things can create energy. Also we wanted them to use these three things because they are good and can save a lot of money. We also had a trip too. The trip was to go to Kampong Speu. Our target was to install two biodigesters. We install them in Camkids and the orphanage called HAP because we wanted to make them easy instead of using the firewood. Both of the biodigesters cost $1100. When we went to to Kampong Speu we also taught some students too. We also slept at Kampong Speu too. We had good days when we were in Kampong Speu province.
Liger Water System
Exploration Dates: August 12 – September 26
Number of Students: 12
Description: In our water group we learned about the pH of water. The full words of pH is Percent Hydrogen. That is the kind of scale that people use to measure the acids and bases. The scale of pH is 0-14. From 0-7 is acidic, 7-14 is basic and 7 is neutral. The hydrogen (H+) is acid and hydroxide (OH-) is base. When we learned about pH we did the experiment with 13 liquid things. For ex: the coca-cola and pond water. The coca-cola was 2.0 so it means acidic. If we drink it a lot like every day we would get sick but if we drink in 1 week only 1 it will be good. The pond was 10.0 so it means basic and if it has a lot of basic like this it also not good for our health either. So we can eat or drink only higher than 7 to 9 or lower than 7 to 5, so it not really have many bases or acids. In this class we also studied about algae. Algae is the kind of plants that live in water and it uses the sun as it food. When this plant lives in water it will make water become basic. We studied our own pond at Liger to learn about this. One other thing that we learned was the water cycle. We learned when the sun rises then it does the evaporation with water. When water goes up it is not yet become the clouds but when the temperature is cool then it makes condensation so it becomes the cloud. When the cloud in the sky catches the cool temperature it will become the rain again. To learn about water we went on the trip to RDI. RDI is the place that makes the water filters to sell. One thing that we learned from there is why they made this RDI place because they saw that some people here don’t have the clean water to drink so they can buy it to get the filter and clean for them. Another reason is when they sell the water filter they sell as cheaply as they can to help the people in Cambodia.
Here is our blog that we create to share to other people in the world.