Course Description: This course is designed for the students who have a little or no knowledge of the topic (Asian History and Politics). There will be many aspects to be included into this course. One of them is about the history of Asian, what is the goal of Asian formation, how many countries as Asian members. On top of that, the political system of each members will be studied and discussed briefly in the class. Last but by no means least, the students will be divided into pair and assigned the topic to do research and given the presentation in the class as well.
Course Description: This course begins with a study of all life – what does it mean to “have life”? Students learn about prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and the 5 major kingdoms of life (Bacteria, Protists, Plants, Animals and Fungi). The course then transitions to focus entirely on the animal kingdom. Students will become familiar with various animal groups. We begin by studying invertebrates (Phylum Porifera, Cniderians, Molluscs, Arthropods…) and work our way towards the vertebrates (Amphibians, Fish, Reptiles…) For each animal group students will learn about distinguishing characteristics of the animals in that group, their behavior and various habitats where they are found. Finally, students will walk away with an understanding of evolution by adaptation, global ecosystems and ecological relationships.
Course Description: This course covers human evolutionary history. It emphasizes the power of time, collective learning and evolution. The course will draw heavily from resources provided by the big history project. Students begin by looking at how their time on earth compares with the time humans have been on earth. They then look at evolutionary mechanisms, primates and the great apes. The students end the course looking at early humans and neanderthals.
Course Description: Introduction to lego robotics. Students will learn basic programming and building techniques.
Days of the Week: Thursday, Friday
An introductory course to lego robotics. Students work in teams of two to complete various robotics challenges. They begin the course assembling a lego robot. They then develop techniques to use the gyro sensor, ultrasonic sensor, light sensor and touch sensor. The students gain familiarity with basic programing concepts such as loop and if then statements. Students will program a robot to follow a line, make shapes and rescue a man and a monkey by slaying a dragon.
This course reinforces arithmetic skills, developing the pre-algebra concepts of variable recognition, signed numbers, formulas and single variable equations. Students will be introduced to algebraic symbolism, simplifying expressions, solutions to elementary equations, and the graphic representations associated with variables.
Course Description: The goal of the botany enrichment is to expose students to a specific branch of biology and scientific thinking and increase their knowledge about plants and the critical role they play on Earth. Ideally the students walk away with a new appreciation and understanding of plants.
The students will become familiar with plant anatomy and the function of different plant parts. The class is structured around the plant cycle: We begin by studying dormant seeds and the function of the seed. We then explore the process of germination. Students then learn about the roots and the stem and their functions. We then study the leaf, with a focus on photosynthesis. Finally students explore the anatomy of the flower and plant reproduction through pollination.
Exploration Name: Forest Ecology
Exploration Dates: Oct 7, 2013 – Nov 19, 2013
Number of students: 12
(1) What is an ecosystem?
(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, commensalism, 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. On Saturday we came back to our school and we shared what we learned.
Exploration Name: Khmer Architecture
Exploration Date: November 20-January 17
Number of students: 12
(1) What is the meaning of architecture?
(2) What information should I know about architecture?
(3) What does Khmer architecture look like?
(4) What are the differences between ancient and modern architecture?
(5) How do we create architecture?
Description: Architecture is the process of planning, designing and constructing. When we work on architecture with these three things we have to think about durability, utility and beauty. So in our Exploration we learned about architecture in Cambodia. For example: in Cambodia there are many houses, buildings and also the temples. The Khmer architecture was different than the other countries because like the Angkor Wat is made from the big rocks and the foundation that they built is layers of rocks and sand. But in the other countries, like in the U.S.A, there are not really the buildings that have the foundation like that. Before, the buildings in Cambodia were not that big. The houses were also not that big and were not made from cement like right now. Now when they make the houses, they put many colors and many styles that they want. But at the past, the Khmer buildings were not too big and did not have many styles like now. Just the temples had many styles that Khmer ancestors made by hand with the big rocks. On the big rocks they made the big sculptures that showed about Khmer history. To do the architecture we have to follow the theory of architecture and do it step by step. In this group we went on the trip to Siem Reap to learn how did the Khmer ancestors build the temples. Other than that we also went to some places in Phnom Penh. We went to Central Market, Olympic Stadium and PPIT. That is the school that teaches about the architecture.
3. What processes are needed to create a small profitable business?
Description: When we started this project we thought about Ready-Set-Go, which is a website that helped us get ideas about starting our business. In Ready we thought about our logo, what business and our goals. Then we divided all the students in our group into three different departments. There were Research + Development, Account + Finance and Sales and Marketing. In R+D they worked on how to make our design unique. In A+C they worked on Project balance sheet. Project balance sheet is the sheet that we just think of but it is not happen yet. But S + M is very important because they need to prepare the attitude and be friendly to the buyers who come. After that we took trips to RUFA, Art Gallery, A.N.D, Royal Boutique, Smateria and Wattan. Wattan is a place which made bags for us to paint. At first we decided to make 52 tote bags but then we wanted another 13 ipad bags. In our last day we all painted the bags already and we opened the shop for the students, staff and visitors to buy bags from our business. On that day we also used a mannequin to make up and put the bags on it’s hand. At that day we sold nearly all the bags. We also had 2 bags to raffle. This was very fun. We had the promotion about the tickets and one ticket for the adult costs 1$ and for the kids costs 2000៛. From that day each of us got $5 from when we sold.
3.How can simple machines be used to create engaging interactive toys and why is toy creation a powerful form of learning?
Description: In our Exploration class we learned about simple machines and how to make toys using cams (it is like a circle, like wheel and axle) + simple machines. Simple machines can make some jobs easier to do. We learned about wedges, levers, pulleys, inclined planes, gears, screws, wheels and axles. Each of these things have different advantages and disadvantages. Levers are the most used in real life. Levers can be anything you hold. Ex. sword handle, computer lid, all of those things are levers. When we started we learned about how to use simple machines in our toys. We watched a lot of videos to understand and to get new ideas. We first built toys for testing our project. It worked but it was too small and not good enough. We researched more and then we got more ideas from books, computers and videos. When we had enough knowledge and enough information, we got an idea and we worked in teams. We thought that to make our toy more interactive, we have to get some paint to make it colorful. When we finished the toy we planned a trip with our teacher to Takeo province. Our trip was not long just half a day travel and half a day at NFO to teach the students there about simple machines and how to make toys. We came back to set up for our presentation in the big area. All of Liger students came to see us and learn from each other.